About Me

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Georgios Varoutsos

Who am I?

I am a sonic artist and researcher from Montreal, Canada. I am currently completing my Ph.D. studies in Music at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. I have completed a Master’s in Research – Pass with Distinction, in Arts & Humanities with a focus in Sonic Arts at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. As well, I have achieved a BFA with Distinction in Electroacoustic Studies and a BA in Anthropology, both from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

I have presented works in the form of concerts, installations, and presentations throughout Europe and North America. As an artist, I explore the field of sound through an extensive range of projects and performances. My audio creations derive from different inspirations such as field recordings, digital recordings, amplified sound materials, audio processing, synthesis, and experimental techniques. Projects have spread across fixed media, animation soundtracks and effects, performances with CLOrk, and other aspects of sonic research. Signature works encompass an unorthodox depiction of audio manipulation in mind of engendering tension and emotional reactions.

Presently, I am merging my various backgrounds of study into research projects consisting of sonification, urban arts, sonic arts, and socially engaged arts. I am also focusing on the combination of sonic material within immersive environments through VR, AR, AAR, and spatial audio techniques.


I am also the Co-creator of Matheos & Georgios. This is a partnership composed of two life-long friends who have multiple interests in sound design, acousmatic composition, and sonic arts. As a team, we view art as a medium to present real-life issues or topics that concern the masses and areas of human experiences. This is to form an attempt of dialogue by involving the viewer physically and emotionally within our pieces. Our collective works reflect the preservation and continuity of knowledge, language, and communication.

Visit us here: https://matheos-georgios.com/


Education

2020 – Ph.D. Student – Doctor of Philosophy, School of Arts, English and Languages – Music

Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. Northern Ireland.

  • Research on immersive media: VR, AR, AAR, XR, and Spatial Audio
  • Combination of technology in site-specific touristic locations across Northern Ireland
  • Documenting and journalling COVID-19 impact on visitor sites with various creative projects

2019 – Master’s in Research – Pass with Distinction (MRes) – Arts and Humanities – Sonic Arts

Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. Northern Ireland.

  • Research on spatial audio representation of the Peace Wall Belfast.
  • Creation of two listening experiences using Binaural and Ambisonics.
  • Further exploring methods of Socially Engaged Arts, Urban Arts, Sonification, and Sonic Arts.

2017 – Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction (BFA): Electroacoustic Studies

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

  • Core modules included: Electroacoustic Composition, Recording, Max MSP, Ear Training, Music Theory, and Laptop Orchestra
  • Independent Study: Created a wireless MIDI controller for performative usage
  • Recipient of the 2016-2017 AH and FB Austin Award in Electroacoustics. Highest award given in the Electroacoustics program.

2014 – Bachelor of Arts (BA): Anthropology

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

  • Core modules included: Field Research, Research Methods, European and North American Theories

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