Smomid is a project by Nick Demopoulos, who is a performer, musician and instrument builder. S m o m i d 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.” Additionally, Demopoulos created an instrument that looks like a triangular shaped box with high powered LEDs he calls a Pyramidi. 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 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 Camille Brown, George Bohannon, NEA Jazz master Jimmy Owens and Solsonics. With his Smomid Nick has performed at Lincoln Center, and been featured on the Discovery Science Network, Guitar World, Create Digital Music, and Metal Injection among other media outlets.
Live Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0jFJilk0tY
More Media: https://smomid.com/media/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Smomid/