John Psathas - Greek of the Year? — 13.02.12

John Psathas has just had the launch of his soundtrack for a Salman Rushdie short story released, and now awaits the outcome of his nomination for ‘Global Greek of the Year'

John Psathas has just had the launch of his soundtrack for a Salman Rushdie short story released.  In the South, a new Salman Rushdie short story has just been released as an eBook by Booktrack. The New York and Auckland based technology company create eBooks with a synchronised soundtrack, adding music, sound effects and ambient audio matched to your individual reading speed. . Booktrack chose John to compose the soundtrack for Rushdie's story about two friends and the tsunami that hit India. John had the opportunity to communicate with Rushdie during the project as he interpreted the story in music and the resultant score was recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.  See earlier announcement.

John now awaits the outcome of his nomination for ‘Global Greek of the Year' award along with Jennifer Aniston, Irene Papas and Loukanikos the Athens Riot Dog! The award is being promoted by Global Greek World, an online forum for the 7 million or so Greeks who choose to live outside of their native land. Online voting will determine the winner and voting closes on Sunday 19 February. 

In addition, Good for Nothing, the 'pavlova western' feature film for which John wrote the "gritty, dirty" soundtrack, will have its cinema release in New York on Friday 9 March and in New Zealand on Thursday, 3 May. The New Zealand School of Music will be releasing an original soundtrack CD of the music."

These wide-ranging activities follow on from 2011, a year in which John achieved several other notable accolades. Helix, an album of John's music released through the Rattle Records label, was a finalist in for the Tui for Best Classical Album of the Year in the 2011 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. He gave his inaugural address in the Hunter Council Chamber as NZSM Professor of Composition in October, was Distinguished Guest Composer at the Taipei Percussion Festival and completed his Composer's residency with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra by writing Gyftiko for solo violin, the the test piece for the semi-finalists in the 2011 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

John was also announced as one of the FHSS winners of the 2011 research excellence awards. "The committee assessing applications for this award considered John's case to be outstanding," says Professor Deborah Willis, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. "John has been outstandingly productive and innovative in his work as a composer, achieved international recognition, and brought both credit and tangible benefits to the University."

Abridged - New Zealand School of Music

How Booktrack Creates Custom Soundtracks For E-Books