About



Kosmas Giannoutakis is a composer, media artist, computer musician, and researcher based in upstate New York. He engages in artistic and scholarly endeavors that explore contemporary advancements in technology, such as Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Ledger Technology, as well as theoretical concepts including critical posthumanities and speculative materialisms.

His artist output includes a wide range of acoustic and electroacoustic music genres such as acousmatic music, film music, robotic and interactive sound installations, audiovisual game performances, algorithmic and computer-generated compositions, concert installations, live-electronics, live coding, telematic performances, systematic processes of collaborative composition and Machine-Learning generated media.

His works have been presented at various international festivals and conferences, such as inSonic in ZKM Karlsruhe, ALIFE 2018 conference in Tokyo, Ecos Urbanos 2022 festival at EMPAC in Troy NY, Matera Intermedia Festival, San Francisco Tape Music Festival, LIPS (Laboratoire In(ter)disciplinaire de Prototypes Scéniques & Sonores) at GRAME in Lyon, eviMus6 in Saarbrücker, [sound]Spectrum New Music Seminar in Bydgoszcz, Multimedia Festival Diffrazioni in Florence, IS IT WORKING? International festival of art, science and technology in Ljubljana, Sound Campus at Kunstuniversität Linz, Junge SIGNALE concert series in Graz, Soundislands Festival in Singapore, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2015 and ICMC 2016 in Utrecht, REAL/UNREAL BEAST FEaST 2016 in Birmingham, klingt gut! 2016 in Hamburg, 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Sonic Realities 2018 in Aberdeen, Workshop-in-Exposition – Thresholds of the Algorithmic in Bergen, xCoAx 2017 in Lisbon, “The Digital Body” International Exhibition in Bucharest.

2024

  • Teaching assistant, Data Structures (Spring), School of Science, Department of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA.

    • Teaching advanced data structures with C++.

2023

  • Teaching assistant, Computer Science 1 course (Fall), School of Science, Department of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA.

    • Teaching computer science fundamentals with Python.

  • Teaching assistant, Sound Recording & Production 1 course (Summer), School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Department of Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA.

    • Teaching computer sound recording & production fundamentals with Pro Tools.

  • Teaching assistant, Orchestra and Concert Choir courses (Spring), School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Department of Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA.

    • Organization and facilitation of concerts and rehearsals at Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center | EMPAC.

    • Rehearsal conducting, piano accompaniment and performing as percussionist under the direction of conductor/composer Robert Whalen.

2022

  • Teaching assistant, Orchestra and Concert Choir courses (Fall), School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Department of Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA.

    • Organization and facilitation of concerts and rehearsals at Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center | EMPAC.

    • Rehearsal conducting, piano accompaniment and performing as percussionist under the direction of conductor/composer Robert Whalen.

  • Teaching assistant, Orchestra and Concert Choir courses (Spring), School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Department of Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA.

    • Organization and facilitation of concerts and rehearsals at Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center | EMPAC.

    • Rehearsal conducting, piano accompaniment and performing as percussionist under the direction of conductor Tamara Dworetz.

2021

  • Teaching assistant, Sound Recording & Production 1 course (Summer), School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA.

    • Teaching computer sound recording & production fundamentals with Pro Tools.

  • Teaching assistant, Orchestra and Concert Choir courses (Spring), School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Department of Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA.

    • Organization and facilitation of concerts and rehearsals at Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center | EMPAC.

    • Rehearsal conducting, piano accompaniment and performing as percussionist under the direction of conductor Tamara Dworetz.

2010-2012

  • Tutor, Studio for Electronic Music and Acoustics selma, University of Music Freiburg, Germany.

    • Organization and facilitation of concerts and rehearsals.

    • Tutoring student’s project on computer music with PureData.

2020-2024

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, head of the doctoral committee Rob Hamilton, Troy NY, USA.

  • Live Coding and Electroacoustic music composition as transindividual collaborative practices.

  • Neo-speculative aesthetics of music in the technosocial milieu of Distributed Ledger Technology and Artificial Intelligence.

2014-2018

Master of Arts in computer music (with distinction), electroacoustic composition with Gerhard Eckel, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics IEM, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.

  • Development of sound installations, concert-installations and performance ecosystems.

  • Research on digital Generative Feedback Networks with self-modulating mechanisms.

  • Composition of music works with game elements and spatial acoustics.

2009-2012

Master of Music in instrumental composition with Cornelius Schwehr and computer music with Orm Finnendahl, University of Music Freiburg, Germany.

  • Development of electroacoustic music instruments and robotic sound installations.

  • Composition of chamber music works, film music and live-electronics.

2007-2008

Erasmus Program, composition with Reinhard Wolschina, percussion with Gerhard Gläßer, University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany.

  • Performances of classical and contemporary works with the University orchestra and ensembles and the Jenaer Philharmonie as percussionist.

2003-2009

Bachelor of Music in composition, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

  • Composition of solo instrument and chamber music pieces, music for theatrical performances.

  • Expertise in morphology and music theory of the 19th and 20th century.

  • Sound synthesis techniques and electroacoustic composition.

2003-2007

Diploma in Piano performance, Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece.

  • Mastery of 18th, 19th and 20th century piano repertoire.

2003-2005

Diploma in Counterpoint studies, Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece.

  • Expertise in 16th and 17th century counterpoint.

2001-2003

Diploma in Band orchestration, Municipal Conservatory of Nea Moudania, Greece.

  • Expertise in marching band orchestration.

2000-2003

Diploma in Harmony studies, Municipal Conservatory of Nea Moudania, Greece.

  • Expertise in 18th and 19th century harmonic analysis.

  • Collaborative Electroacoustic Music Composition on the Blockchain, project leader, funded by the The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.

  • Research Assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:

    • Digitization of Matthew Goodheart’s recording archive.

    • Visual and sound design of the VR web installation “Immediations”.

    • Software test development on the compatibility of the library cnmat-odot with PureData.

    • Research on telematic distributed audio processing with JackTrip and Raspberry Pi.

  • Komponieren Kollaborativ (KK), project leader, organized by Ensemble Aventure in collaboration with 4 music universities of Baden-Württemberg (Karlsruhe, Manheim, Stuttgart, Freiburg).

  • Collaborative Composition of Chamber Music (CCCM), project leader, hosted at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics IEM, funded by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria (canceled due to COVID-19).

  • Collaborative Electroacoustic Composition with Intelligent Agents (CECIA), project leader, hosted at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, organized within the framework of the »Interfaces« project with the support of the Creative Europe program of the European Union.

  • COLLAB, project selection for a participative performace/installation and a collaborative composition, project leader: Visda Goudarzi, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics IEM, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, funded by the Austrian Science Fund.

  • Algorithms that Matter (ALMAT), selected for participation at the “Workshop-in-Exposition – Thresholds of the Algorithmic”, project leaders: Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics IEM, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria , funded by the Austrian Science Fund.

  • Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice (GAPPP), commissioned for the creation of two game-based compositions, project leader: Marko Ciciliani, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics IEM, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria , funded by the Austrian Science Fund.

  • Klangräume, artistic intervention on the sound installation “Parisflâneur” of Martin Rumori, project leader: Gerhard Eckel, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics IEM, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, funded by the Zukunftsfonds Steiermark.

  • Call For Scores Competition 2020: Electronic Music, Runner-Up, Tesselat Composers Collective, USA.

  • ALife Art Award 2018, honorable mention, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Odaiba, Tokyo Waterfront City Lying, Japan.

  • 2018 COLLAB Composition Competition, 3rd Prize, Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM), University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG), Austria.

  • {Raum::Klang} composition contest “Interactive Sounds”, 4th Prize, I²AudioLab Department Computer Science, Faculty TI, UAS Hamburg, Germany.

  • Excellence in Art, Design and the Production of Sound”, “klingt gut!” Symposium on Sound 2016, Faculty of Design, Media, and Information, HAW Hamburg, Germany.

  • NeuverBand composition competition 2016, honorable mention, Switzerland.

  • “Si15 Best Student Submission Award” 2015, 2nd International Symposium on Sound and Interactivity, Singapore.

  • Composition competition 2005, 2nd prize, University of Macedonia, and Ionian University, Greece.

  • HASS Arts Graduate Production Grant 2024 for a new audiovisual work at Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center | EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.

  • Financial support for international artistic project 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.

  • Research scholarship 2016, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Austria.

  • Advancement scholarship 2015, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.

  • Miscellaneous Grant 2014, The Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation, Inc, USA.

  • E.T.A. Hofmann Stiftung fellowship 2009-2010, University of Music Freiburg, Germany.

  • State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.) fellowship 2007-2008, Erasmus Program, Greece.

  • Residency at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center | EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the production of the performance “Live Coding Music with Brain Control Interface and Ambisonics”.

  • Sound Laboratory 2023 at Foreign Objekt, online residency.

  • LIPS 2019 (Laboratoire In(ter)disciplinaire de Prototypes Scéniques & Sonores), Générateur de ressources et d’activités musicales exploratoires (GRAME), Lyon, France.

  • Cross genre residency 2019, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, “INTERFACES” project.

  • Graphic notation” residency 2018, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, “INTERFACES” project.

  • Vorort_2_draußen Symposium & Kunstfestival, Artist-in-Residence Programm 2016, Starzach-Börstingen, Germany.

  • Artist in residence, Conlon Foundation Residency Project 2015, Gaudeamus Foundation, Utrecht, Netherlands.

  • XCoAx 2023: 11th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, Weimar, Germany

  • International Live Coding Conference 2023, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  • International Computer Music Conference 2022, University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.

  • Music NFTs: blockchain for artistic research 2022, Orpheus Institute, Gehnt, Belgium.

  • International Computer Music Conference 2021 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (online), Santiago, Chile.

  • 2020 Joint Conference on AI Music Creativity, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) (online), Stockholm, Sweden.

  • 21st International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (online), Montréal, Canada.

  • Almat 2020 symposium on algorithmic agency in artistic practice, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, (online), Graz, Austria.

  • MuSA 2019 10th International Conference onMusic/Sonic Art: Practices and Theories Collaborative creativity / Creative Collaboration, Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany

  • inSonic 2018 Algorithmic Spaces, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • UPIC – Graphic Interfaces for Notation Conference, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • PER CHI SUONA IL PAESAGGIO 2018, Forum Klanglandschaft, Vigevano, Italy.

  • SERG 2018 International Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

  • inSonic 2017 Immersive Future, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • XCoAx 2017: 5th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X. University of Lisbon, Faculty of Fine Arts, Portugal.

  • Audio Mostly 2017, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom.

  • Linux Audio Conference 2017, Jean Monnet University, Saint-Etienne, France.

  • XXI Colloquio di Informatica Musicale, Cagliari, Italy.

  • Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium 2016, Toronto, Canada.

  • klingt gut!” Symposium on Sound 2016, Faculty of Design, Media, and Information, HAW Hamburg, Germany.

  • 42nd International Computer Music Conference, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and Gaudeamus Muziekweek. Utrecht, Netherlands.

  • BEAST FEaST 2016, REAL/UNREAL, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

  • inSonic2015, aesthetics of spatial audio in sound, music and sound-art, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • 2nd International Symposium on Sound and Interactivity 2015, Auditorium School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

  • 21st International Conference on Auditory Display, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics IEM, Graz, Austria.

  • 2024 New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Sounds Like Touch, Gaudeamus and HKU (University of the Arts Utrecht), Utrecht, The Netherlands (music track).

  • 2024 International Live Coding Conference, NYU Shanghai, China (paper track).

  • 2023 New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana & Tecnológico de Monterrey, CEM, Mexico City, Mexico (music track).

  • 2016 International Conference on Live Interfaces, University of Sussex, United Kingdom (music track).

2023

  • Presentation “Transindividual Collaborative Live Coding”, LiveCoding as Life – Hybrid Live Coding Interfaces 2023 (online).

  • Guest lecture “Aesthetic strategies for (neo)-speculative musics”, Department of Music Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

  • Workshop “Live Coding with SuperCollider”, Nerd Summit 2023 at University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.

2021

  • Guest lecture Algorithmic Music”, department of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University.

2020

  • Presentation “Synergizing composers and algorithms for the creation of electroacoustic music”, project CECIA (Collaborative Electroacoustic Composition with Intelligent Agents), Virtual BEAST FEaST 2020, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

2019

  • Presentation “Innovating the electroacoustic music composition practice: the collaborative framework of human and algorithmic agency CECIA”, Sonic Experiments: Telematics. ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • Guest lecture “Exploring music from self-organising systems”, [sound]Spectrum New Music Seminar, Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music , Bydgoszcz, Poland.

  • Presentation of the CECIA project (Collaborative Electroacoustic Composition with Intelligent Agents). KAMUNA, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany

2018

  • Guest lecture “Music from self-organizing systems”, State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Guest lecture “Democratic composing”, University of Music Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • Artistic practice presentation, Bergen Center for Electronic Arts BEK, Bergen, Norway.

2017

  • Workshop “Composing Recurrent Network Topologies as Generative Music Systems”, Audio Mostly, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom.

  • Workshop “Generative Music with Recurrent Neural Networks,” Linux Audio Conference 2017, Université Jean MONNET, Saint-Etienne, France.

  • Artist talk, Kunstort eleven artspace, Starzach-Börstingen, Germany.

2016

  • Presentation-lecture “Contraction point”, Canadian Music Center, Toronto, Canada.

  • Guest lecture “Sound Synthesis with Recurrent Neural Networks”, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Germany.

  • Artist talk, Klingt gut! Symposium on Sound 2016‏, Faculty of Design, Media, and Information, HAW Hamburg, Germany.

  • Presentation “Cybernetic Sound Games”, REAL/UNREAL, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

  • Guest lecture “Cybernetic Sound Games”, University of Music Freiburg, Germany.

2015

  • Guest lecture “Cybernetic Sound Games”, STEIM, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2012

  • Guest seminar and workshop “Composition – Electronic Music”, University of Macedonia, Department of Music Science and Art, Thessaloníki, Greece.