- Nikos Stavropoulos
- Year of composition: 2016
- Duration: 8:23
- Instrumentation: 5.1-channel fixed medium
- 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
The concept of topophilia relates to attraction or affinity to place, the bond between a person and a specific locality. Topophilia is understood to be the result of the perception of a particular environment. In this case the term is borrowed to suggest the allure of a type of place — a space instilled with musical meaning — which displays characteristics of intimacy and closeness. An abstract musical topos, which exists in the intimate and personal zones and is rooted in the concrete materiality of the sound objects inhabiting it. The work is not only an artistic interpretation of the notion of aural micro-space but also an attempt to work with the reality of such a notion in a way that the latter permeates the former.
Topophilia was realized at the composer’s studio in the first half of 2016 and premiered on October 8, 2016 during the Visiones Sonoras festival in Morelia (Mexico). Topophilia was awarded the 1st prize at the Iannis Xenakis International Electroacoustic Composition Competition (Thessaloniki, Greece, 2017), the 1st prize in the acousmatic category at the 9th Destellos Electroacoustic Composition Competition (Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2016), the Prize of the electronic music category at the USF New-Music Consortium Competition (Tampa, FL, USA, 2017), the ICST Residency Prize at the Concours international de composition électroacoustique de Monaco (2016), the 2nd prize at the Klang! competition (Montpellier, France, 2017), and a special mention at the 9th Biennial Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses (Belgium, 2016).