Smomid After Hours At Vinyl Renaissance
Friday October 25th, 2019 7:30 PM
Vinyl Renaissance & Audio
7932 Santa Fe Drive Overland Park, KS 66204
ALL AGES | $12.00 GA
Join Us at Vinyl Renaissance & Audio for Smomid After Hours! Smomid is a project by Nick Demopoulos, who is a performer, musician and instrument builder. Smomid only utilizes instruments he has designed and built to perform interactive computer music. The name is derived from an acronym of his primary instrument: “String Modeling Midi Device.” Smomid music often features glitchy and scattered beats, sampling, abstract textures, ambient spaces, and improvisation. Smomid music draws on many varied influences and creates bizarre juxtapositions with deft sonic versatility, with samples of heavy beats, Gregorian Monks chanting and Taiko drum sounds all coexisting comfortably.
After listening to several Smomid tracks one gets the impression that anything is possible and all sound universes can exist together. One thing that doesn’t come across in an audio transmission is that there is also a visual aspect to Smomid Music. All the instruments emit light through high powered LEDs, and some illuminate visual animations and secret messages through several LED display embedded in the instruments.
As a guitarist Nick worked with Chico Hamilton and recorded on the albums The Inquiring Mind, Revelation and Euphoric. He also released recordings with Exegesis, a group that mixes jazz and electronic music.
In 2008, on behalf of the U.S. State Department, Exegesis worked as cultural diplomats, performing in Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, U.A.E and Kuwait. Other artists he has performed and/or recorded with include Vernon Reid, Camille Brown, George Bohannon and Jimmy Owens. There are two full length albums of music created with Smomid and Pyramidi instruments, Rhythms of Light (2015) and A Smoment in Time (2017). With his Smomid Nick has performed at Lincoln Center, and been featured on the Discovery Science Network, Guitar World, Create Digital Music, The Arduino Blog and Metal Injection among other media outlets. With other projects Nick has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Whitney Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Hamberg Jazz Festival.
The inspiration to build the first Smomid sprung from a void in devices that allow a guitar player to interface with computer software. At that time Nick was playing with Exegesis and using a guitar as his instrument, but used a computer to trigger samples and record loops. One day he had a revelation that the two pursuits could be combined into a single instrument, and after much experimentation, research and persistence the Smomid was born in 2010.
In January 2015 he released his first full length album of music created only using Smomid and Pyramidi instruments called Rhythms of Light. A Smoment in Time, was released in March 2017.