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Episode 14: ISTANBUL EKSPRES mix [bonus]

Episode 14: ISTANBUL EKSPRES mix [bonus]

This mix accompanies the LISTENING THROUGH MIMAROĞLU episode,  featuring director Serdar Kökçeoğlu discussing his work and the  Mimaroglu project in particular. I originally had in mind a second  episode with interviews with other musicians I met while in Istanbul,  but for a variety of reasons not everyone was comfortable speaking for  audio, or we were otherwise unable to find an opportunity to record. Of  course there are also linguistic barriers. Save polished corporate  aesthetics for the professionals, this podcast is more interested in  something else. So instead I present İSTANBUL EKSPRES, a bonus mix of  music from Istanbul artists old and new.

You can also read my interview with Ipek Gorgun. at www.acloserlisten.com

We  spoke about some of her favorite Anatolian psychedelic bands, among  other things. Since the 1990s, international music publications like the  Wire have become hip to Turkish rock from the 60s and 70s. Artists from  that era were often incorporating folk instruments from around the  region into a rock ensemble context. But that's just one facet of  Turkish musical heritage.

Sample-based producers like Group Ses,  working in styles influenced by hip hop, trap, beat tapes, etc, make up a  vibrant scene of crate diggers, mining the rich history of Turkish (and  Ottoman) recordings.

İSTANBUL EKSPRES is my attempt to share some  of this music. I don't claim any expertise, or pretense of exhaustive  knowledge, just wanted to share the music and voices of the amazing  artists I met in Istanbul.

cover image: Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

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Sound Propositions
Sound Propositions features conversations with artists exploring their creative practices and individual aesthetics, conceived of as a counter-narrative to a dominant trend in music journalism which fetishizes equipment and new technologies. Each episode combines interviews with music, field-recordings, and experimental sound design.
For fans of experimental music, field-recording, drone, electro-acoustic, ambient, modern composition, and other contemporary electronic music genres.
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