Panagiotis Kouvelis was born in Athens on December 9th, 1976. While still in elementary school he had his first contact with music through guitar playing. Additionally, he was early interested into videogames, not only as a gamer, but also as a designer. Later, and as a hobby, he attempted his first designs, learned how to use programming languages and eventually developed his own games.
However, programming was not his only pleasure, as he also delved early into music and sound design. Therefore, after serving in army, he studied Audio Engineering at the SAE technological institute, department of Athens, where he received his diploma (2002) with top grades. Right after graduating, and up to day, he took over lecturing duties, not only at SAE, but in other faculties as well.
In the year 2004 he started, as a project leader, with the Optical Media Mastering department development which belonged to the biggest optical media manufacturing company in Greece. In order to become more sufficient he received training on Authoring, Mastering & Replication for Optical Media, by a leader company of optical technologies, Singulus Mastering. Within a two years span, and while being in charge of the entire project, he managed to deliver a fully organized and productive department.
Currently, he owns his own studio where he manages Sound Design and Music Composition for Video Games and works as a producer for the Independent Music Industry. His expertise on Game Audio makes him probably the first one in Greece working on the respective field and has given him the opportunity to host a series of successful seminars related to designing and creating adaptive sound and music for video games.
With regards to his achievements as a producer in the Music Industry, the On Thorns I Lay album entitled “_egocentric” was voted by the press as one of the 8 most influential hardcore sound music albums ever to be produced in Greece. He has received credit for the free software community by participating as an Audio Director in Phoenix Online Studios, working on “The Silver Lining” a fan created game based on Sierra’s King’s Quest line of adventures, a title licensed by Vivendi Games.
Additionally, as a founding member of the HGDA (Hellenic Game Developers Association) he continues to innovate and go beyond commonly accepted boundaries on the development and evolution of new media and digital entertainment in Greece. Finally, during his free time, Panagiotis enjoys himself searching further advancements on the development of modern omnimedia.
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