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2014-04-16
May is album time at Fruits de Mer – The label may be best known for limited-edition 7" singles, but Keith Jones of Fruits de Mer has just announced the May vinyl LP releases. » Read more

2014-04-15
Seaprog announces full lineup, including Miriodor – Seaprog is looking to be the little festival that could. Could pull off bringing a foreign act to their stage, and highlighting a wide variety of Seattle's local talent. It's all happening June 20-22, 2014 in the Columbia City Theater. » Read more

2014-03-17
Riviera Prog Festival 2014 lineup kicks prog butt – This year's festival will be held May 16-18 in Genova and features just about every Italian band of note that is active these days. From the 70s heyday of Italian prog (Osanna, Locanda delle Fate, Alphataurus) to the newest generation (Il Tempio delle Clessidre, Prophexy, Not a Good Sign), this event has it covered. » Read more

2014-03-15
Mystery announces new lead vocalist – Canadian singer Jean Pageau will be replacing Benoit David as Mystery’s lead singer. The singer from Gatineau, Quebec became an official Mysteron on March 9th 2014 and is now preparing with the band for up coming live performances and a new studio album. » Read more

2014-03-02
It's Alive! Fruits de Mer Crabstock shows announced – What began as a single psych gathering, Fruits de Mer's spring festival Crabstock has now spawn four separate events! » Read more

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Sensitiva Immagine - E Tutto Comincio Cosi... Here is one that Edison Records (RIP) of Japan spared no laudatory word on when it was first reissued by them back in the early 90s. Marquee's encyclopedia claims its origins as a cassette release...  (1999) » Read more

Erdem Helvacioglu — Eleven Short Stories
(Innova 245, 2012, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-07-03

Cover artHelvacıoğlu's bio lists him as an electronic musician, but this set of eleven tracks consists entirely of prepared piano, both solo and multitracked. The stated inspiration for the music is the work of a variety of filmmakers from around the world, including David Lynch, Jane Campion, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and others, directors noted more for mood and vision than action and popularity — no Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich here. I say "inspiration" to make clear that these are not interpretations of the films' music or even accompaniments to specific scenes, but oblique references to the kinds of feelings evoked in the movies. The overall mood is calm and meditative, and while there are rarely what would generally be called melodies, there are themes upon which pieces are built, little motifs returned to as a kind of home base for exploration. The piano is coaxed into producing a wide variety of tones, percussive, buzzing, and resonant, in addition to normal notes; some tracks consist of notes and chords produced by unaltered strings and accompanied by a few particular non-standard sounds, others are built almost entirely of non-pianistic sounds. I find Eleven Short Stories to be quite listenable and interesting, not abrasive.

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Related artist(s): Erdem Helvacıoğlu

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