2016 as seen and heard from Istanbul – Masterful sound experiments and Turkish tips

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By Ipek Gorgun – introduction by Mads Kjeldgaard

Turkish sound artist, experimentalist and musician Ipek Gorgun released one of the most spectacular debut albums of 2016. As such, she is one of the most interesting artists to emerge on our musical radars in 2016: The self-released “Aphelion” is a deep exploration of the sonic possibilities of computer music with experiments in spectral sound, noise as well as concrete methods. Her album has been picked up by renowned record label Touch which reissued the album in December 2016. Gorgun is also an alumni of the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program of sonic arts at Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music. We asked her what musical experiences shaped the year 2016, and she replied by reviewing the album she loved the most and by recommending some of the best music coming out of Turkey last year. Læs resten

In the memory of Murat Üf Yaa (1983-2013)

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Af Ralf Christensen

The great musician, artist, activist and our dearest friend Murat Ali Can aka Murat Üf Yaa died of cancer on Friday the 13th of December. It took 40 days from the diagnosis until his mind-numbingly early death. All his many friends and a little family buried him on Saturday the 14th at a cemetery outside Izmir in the same grave as his mother. It’s full of sunlight in the afternoon and the evening. He will be and is already being missed like crazy.

Murat came to Copenhagen in April 2013 and did three solo shows at Global with T.R. Kirstein/S.B. Nielsen, at Frosen Fisk at Vesterbro and at that great night in Henning Young (with Af Med Hovedet). At this point he was a big part of the alternative Turkish music scene and he went to Denmark for a brief period before facing 15 months of military service back in Turkey. Læs resten