'Electrokosmos' is a series of studies for the electric guitar. This is an ongoing project dedicated to Wiek Hijmans, my long time friend and musical collaborator. These first four studies, 'Figure and Ground', 'Blues', 'Contrary Motion', and 'Meditation no. 1', focus on various basic techniques, including artificial harmonics, finger-picking, contrapuntal playing. Many thanks to the Output Festival for commissioning the work and to Alan Thomas for taking the time to learn these first few studies. 'Electrokosmos' is published by Peermusic (US) and Faber Music (UK); more info is available at www.derekbermel.com.