Stace Constantinou


Trainofthoughts is an electroacoustic piece of music.  It utilises musique concrète, acousmatics and radiophonic elements in the exploration of form and meaning.  There is a double-simultaneous narrative, one of which is mundane, one of which is not.  The simple narrative is that of a commuter travelling home from work using the London Underground.  The other explores memory, fantasy, dream and various possibilities of human cognitive activity.

Its musical elements are related by the establishment of sonic relations through the means of the use of a series of harmonic fields.  These sometimes portray long forgotten music theories, such as the Harmonic Proportion (6:8::9:12), or comprise micro-dense-polyphony, the crafting of sound at the edge of (may be even beyond) human perception.  It does this by using micro-frequency content (12Hz for example) as the pitch grid upon which harmonic material is formed.  In short: high-definition, ultra-fine filigrees of sound.

In addition, hundreds of hours of recorded material have been used.  These sounds include, the sounds of ordinary urban life, train recordings, traffic, ambience, toilet flush, TV shut down and light switches to name just a few.  All have been crafted to realise a seamless, thought provoking whole.

Stace Constantinou is a composer and music technologist.  He uses a range of patterns combined in various ways to create music.  These patterns may be inherently musical, mathematical, geometric, visual, text-based or intuited.  His music speaks from the boundaries of harmonic conceivability often making use of microtones, complexity, nuanced ambiguity and allusion.

His works have been performed by Ensemble Exposé, Jane Manning, the Arditti Quartet, Nikos Veliotis, The Fidelio Trio, Rhodri Davies and most recently by the concert pianist Kate Ryder.  He is the winner of both the Ricordi and Schillinger Composition Prizes and his pieces have been performed in concerts in the UK, on the continent and on the BBC Radio 3 & 4.

He lives in London with his wife and works as a composer and teacher. He is also a PhD student (in composition) at Kingston University, under the supervision of Dr Paul Archbold, reader in music.