Karst Grotto

Nikos Stavropoulos

  • Year of composition: 2017
  • Duration: 7:50
  • Instrumentation: ambisonic fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9304205718


ISRC CAD501910028

  • 44,1 kHz, 24 bits

The title Karst Grotto — chosen for its onomatopoeic qualities and its direct references to landscape types, as well as geological spatial structures and processes — reflects the sound world of the work. Karst, a particular topography, is created by the dissolution of soluble rock types from their contact with acidic rain water. A microlevel chemical process characterizes the morphology of entire landscapes and results in complex networks of small-scale — micro-space — features and textures like fissures and rillenkarrens.


Karst Grotto was realized at the studios of the Department of Music Technology and Acoustics Engineering of the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (Greece) and the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) in Zurich (Switzerland), between July 2016 and January 2017, and premiered on November 4, 2017 during the Sound Junction concert series in Sheffield (UK). Many thanks to Johannes Schütt for his guidance and support. Karst Grotto was awarded the 2nd prize in the electronic music category at Computer Space (Sofia, Bulgaria, 2018) and a Special Mention at the 10th Biennial Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses (Belgium, 2018).


  • November 4, 2017, Sound Junction Autumn 2017: Concert 2: Nikos Stavropoulos, Firth Hall — Firth Court — The University of Sheffield, Sheffield (England, UK)