Re:konstruKt: New Music Online from Istanbul
To review a record currently unavailable might seem odd, but if that record was made by a young and talented musician and comprises eight compositions on theremin in which mastery and sensibility are unquestionable, it all makes sense. Hanging from the Purgatory's Pendulum offers to the listener a bath of pure melancholy. The melodies hark back to folk tunes, almost disembodied, while still recognizable in their essence, their mood. Cihan Gulbudak, aka Meczup"letter"' in Turkishworks on sound. He is well conscious of his possibilities, making as concrete as possible the theremin's ghostly and far away sound without giving up its nuances. A good parallel would be that of Zeena Parkins working with her electronic harps, and sometimes Z'EV and his abstract percussive canvas, while here melody takes the most part of the work on textures.
Sarp Keskiner is widely known as founder member of the Istanbul Blues Company, which, since 1993, has blended together acoustic rural blues and Turkish music for baglamaa long-necked string instrument related to the Greek bozouki and Persian saz. While the IBC is still acoustic and rooted in song-form music, Keskiner's music after his departure from the band in 1997 has been influenced by different ethnic flavoursfrom China and Far east in general, but also from Egyptwith an attempt to use concrete sounds like xylophones, plastic shakers, cans, gongs and bottles along with a wide use of loops, echoes and electronics, giving the sound a wide, spacey tinge. The material collected in this Retrospective was recorded at Acik Radyo, responsible for diffusing experimental material through the Turkish ether. To listen to that music means to get back to the roots of both Sun Ra and modern Middle Eastern music.Experimental but deep-rooted.
...di Origine Oscura
Mauro Sambo is an Italian saxophonist, percussionist and bassist. Resident in Venice, he belongs to that host of figures who from the likes of reed player Roscoe Mitchell learned how to use space and sound. On the boundaries of sculpture and performance, video and music, Sambo also took part to the 46th edition of La Biennale di Venezia. ... di Origine Oscura means "of unknown origin," and echoes an old anarchist song by Leo Ferré. Conscious or unconscious, this reference hints at the music to be heard here. Concerned with both improvisation and sound sculpture, Sambo's work can be considered as good an introduction to musical space as "myth"in the same way Sun Ra and even Anthony Braxton can be read. A ritual in which particles of sound and their suspension gives the listener a protean and changeable landscape.
Signals From Heart
Guitarist Giray Gurkal is a constant presence in re:konstruKt's development over the years. He appears on the label's second recording, Limbo's MonkeyPussy. An extremely creative player, in Signals From Heart, a solo guitar recordwith the addition of a trumpet on track threeGurkal deals with distorted signals and echoes, creating prolonged sounds and building a highly structured and personal language. Sounds a bit like Nels Cline and David Daniell mixed together, with influncees from electronic music in sound processing (even if with analog equipment), can help to contextualize the work of this young but bright musician.
Belorukov / Krotevich / Popovskiy
Wooden Plants: June '09
During the 1990s and the beginning of the new millennium the world of music all around the globe was an incredible kaleidoscope of sounds: post-rock, improvisation, glitch music, the recovery of old avant-garde forms as minimalism, musique concrete, 'just intonation' or 'excited strings, as Arnold Dreyblatt would say. Forms were finally reopening, and noise was taken away from industrial-metal. As a result, people was still able to breathe open air even through the most apparently improper shapes. Wooden Plants is a good example of a direct or parallel result, but in line with an idea that treats musical instruments as object,s and vice versa, also giving space to natural sounds. It's always "soul music." Calling it only "avant-garde" would be too constraining.
Karma Trinley Drolma