"Is that flutter of pink noise an instance of 'unrealtime audio'? Everything here is at once familiar and strange, combined in such fashion as to suggest Derek Bailey moonlighting as a car mechanic."
"A migration from reality to unreality"
Late Junction - BBC Radio 3
“Panos’ unrealtime system operates in its own idiosyncratic space, allowing the improviser to get their hands (and sounds) dirty in unpredictable ways. Having played with and through it many times over the years, I’ve enjoyed very much its prankster-ish character, and found myself inspired and able to hear details in sound afresh."
released October 3, 2020
Diatribe Records proudly presents the long-awaited solo début by Panos Ghikas - Unrealtime - on limited edition 12” vinyl and digital.
This blistering new release takes its name from unreal-time, a technologically mediated concept for improvisation and composition developed and explored by Ghikas since 2012. First evidenced on his duo LP with long term collaborator Jennifer Walshe, the critically-acclaimed Good Teeth (2013), unreal-time can also be heard on this year’s release from cult electronica outfit Matmos’ The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form (2020).
Combining notated composition, directed and free improvisation, Unrealtime utilises acoustic and digital interactions to invent audio-collages made of multiple time-resolutions. Its distinct approach lies in its ‘out-of-time’ process of generating sonic results that appear beyond the scope of an acoustic improviser's real-time recall of the physically-stored mechanical gestures or a composer's invention in suspended time.
The material on this album is the fruit of an intense period of collaboration between Ghikas and stellar music-makers – composer-improvisers Nick Roth and Luis Tabuenca and performer-musicologist-technologist Pavlos Antoniadis.
Panos Ghikas - violin, unrealtime interface
Nick Roth - soprano + alto saxophones
Pavlos Antoniadis - piano, motion followers
Luis Tabuenca - percussion
He Piccoli Man recorded at Boundary Studio, 2016
Nausea recorded live at Goldsmiths, University of London, 2017
Just Hypogamy + Unphonem Ypsik recorded live at Café OTO, London, 2017
Gum + Toxic Pregum recorded in Berlin, 2017
Azoman recorded live at IKLECTIK Art Lab, London, 2018
Recordings by Panos Ghikas
Mixed and Mastered by Panos Ghikas at Boundary Studio, London, 2020
Executive Producer Nick Roth for Diatribe Records, Dublin
Photography by Andy Birtwistle
Design by Max Franosch
Supported by the School of Creative Arts and Industries, Canterbury Christ Church University
Thank you Jennifer Walshe, Matt Wright, Steve Beresford, Roger Redgate, Alex Ward, Tom Mudd, Dan Herbert, Sally Pomme Clayton, Adam Bohman, Claire Hope, Andy Birtwistle, Johannes von Weizsäcker, The Chap, Eduard Solaz, IKLECTIK Art Lab, Kontraklang, Café OTO
Special thanks to Pavlos Antoniadis, Nick Roth, Luis Tabuenca