Staff Profile


Dr Panos Ghikas

Senior Lecturer

School: Music and Performing Art

Campus: Broadstairs

Tel: 01227 925148

Profile summary

Panos Ghikas - Senior Lecturer in Music 

Panos Ghikas (b. 1972, Athens, GR) is a London-based composer, improviser and producer. His output encompasses concert music, live improvisation, interdisciplinary collaborations in digital media, film music and pop production. He is a member of surrealist post-pop band The Chap (7 albums, over 400 performances internationally since 2000) and runs Migro Records (est. 2011), a label that releases work that falls into the intersection between composition and free improvisation. Panos performs and releases with Jennifer Walshe in improv duo Ghikas and Walshe and performs violin and viola in groups Friendo and Unreal-time Group. His work features in over 60 releases (Universal, EMI, Lo Recordings (UK), Ghostly International (US) and Staatsakt (DE) and has been performed and broadcast internationally. His music for screen features in TV programmes and commercials around the world and is available through the Universal Production Music library. Remix credits include artists such as Gotye, Beck, Block Party, Tom Vek amongst others. His acoustic compositions have received performances in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Greece and Mexico, by performers such as the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Exposé, the Kreutzer Quartet and Christopher Redgate.

Panos completed his PhD in Composition at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has a Masters in Composition for Film from the London College of Music and Media and a degree in Physics from the University of Patras, Greece. | | |

Research and knowledge exchange

Unreal-time improv

Since 2012, Panos has developed the Unreal-time improv concept, a practice-based research project that has received support from UK and internationally-based institutions. It focuses on the development of a live performance interface for navigation through audio-timelines with the purpose of re-sequencing audio gestures. Initially created as a device that can enhance improvisational capabilities, it has gradually developed into a compositional method and a platform for instrument-building. His main collaborators are Pavlos Antoniadis (Ircam/GREAM, FR), Nick Roth (IE), Luis Tabuenca (ES), and MaxMSP programmer Dan Herbert. Other co-performers include Roger Redgate, Steve Beresford, Matt Wright and Tom Mudd.

Unrealtime Group perform Azoman -

Luis Tabuenca performs Panos Ghikas' Nausea -

Migro Records

Since 2011, Panos Ghikas has run Migro Records, an independent record label that aims to release work by composers / improvisers who explore new concepts of music making. Migro has received financial support from a variety of UK and international organisations, along with Research and Knowledge Exchange Funding from the School of Music and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church. The roster includes Jennifer Walshe, Michael Maierhof, Bog Bodies, Roger Redgate and Matthew Wright,  the Bohman Brothers and collaborative work by Panos Ghikas. |

The Chap

The Chap are an experimental pop five-piece based in London and Berlin, with 21 international releases, over 400 performances and 16 UK, European and US tours since formation in 2000. Radioplay, playlisting and live sessions include BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 6, XFM, Capital FM, US (WFMU) and features in mainland European Radio and TV (ARTE, SWR4, RadioBerlin). The Chap are represented by the label Lo Recordings in Europe, Japan and Australia and by Ghostly International in North America.

Full discography:


Band website:

"We work in Bars" promo:

Teaching and subject expertise

PhD Supervision:

Adem Hilmi, Designing Virtual Radio Space: Redefining Radio Art Through Digital Control (1st supervisor)

Jason Hodgson, Working towards a living definition of Chance and Indeterminacy (and aleatory) for the 21st Century Composer

(1st supervisor)

Grant Gover, The link between Music and Architecture (1st supervisor)

Natalie Salerno, Women's Jounreys in Postmodernity (1st supervisor)

Masato Kakinoki, The Development of an Audio-Visual Language for Digital Music Performance (2nd supervisor)

Panos Ghikas teaches the following subjects:

  • Computer and Studio-based audio production
  • Composition
  • Songwriting
  • Film Music
  • Independent Creative and Production Projects
  • Music in the Media 
  • MMus Supervision

Panos Ghikas has previously taught Audio Technologies, Studio Practice, Songwriting and Contextual Studies at Kent Univeristy, Music for Digital Media at Anglia Ruskin University and Acoustic Composition, Analysis and Improvisation at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Publications and research outputs

"Unreal-time improv"; Book Chapter, Redhead, L and Glover, R, eds. 2018. Collaborative and Distributed Processes in Contemporary Music-Making. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. ISBN 978-1-5275-1398-3 [Edited Book]

“Performers under the influence: The Film Sextet; Paper presentation at AVANCA CINEMA - International Conference on Cinema - Art, Technology, Communication. Avanca, Portugal, 20th - 24th July, 2011. Paper publication: Ediçoes Cine-Clube de Avanca, 2011.


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