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Smomid is a project by musician and electronic instrument builder Nick Demopoulos. The project is named after the first instrument Nick built, called a Smomid, which is an acronym for String Modeling Midi Device. He has since gone on to built musical robots, a Smomid Table and several versions of what he calls a Pyramidi. Nick also created software that works with his instruments and allows him to approach music in a totally unique way, from the samples and sounds used, to the way beats are played, to the way loops are recorded and manipulated. Smomid has performed at Lincoln Center in New York, The Knockdown Center, the Newark Museum, the 2017 NYC Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit and been featured on the Discovery Science Network, Guitar World, Create Digital Music, Metal Injection, Bomb magazine, the Arduino Blog, and Popular Noise Magazine among other media outlets. 

 

Before playing Smomid Nick’s primary instrument was the guitar. As a guitarist Nick worked with NEA Jazz master Chico Hamilton from 2008 to 2013 and recorded on the albums The Inquiring Mind, Revelation and Euphoric. He also released several recordings with Exegesis, a group that mixes jazz and electronic music. In 2008 Exegesis traveled on behalf of the State Department to conduct cultural diplomacy and perform in Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, U.A.E and Kuwait. Other artists he has worked with include choreographer Camille Brown, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, George Bohannon, NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens, God is My Copilot, Solsonics, Don Mckenzie, Willie Jones the 3rd and Intra Faction.

 

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. His next release, A Smoment in Time, is scheduled to be released in March of 2017.

 

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