Exposé Online banner

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

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-07-03

Eleven Short Stories 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.

Filed under: New releases, 2012 releases

Related artist(s): Erdem Helvacıoğlu

Latest news

2016-07-28
Roye Albrighton RIP – 2016 continues to be a year that seems unusually packed with deaths of musicians. News has reached us of the passing at the age of 67 of long-time Nektar guitarist and singer Roye Albrighton. » Read more

2016-07-11
More Scary Sounds from Morricone on the Way – Following on the success of their compilation Paura, Rustblade is preparing another LP of thrills and chills from the Italian master Ennio Morricone. » Read more

2016-06-25
Bernie Worrell RIP – One of the great definers of 20th Century music died Friday at the age of 72. Bernie Worrell's career spanned from the 60s to 2016, and while he is best known as the keyboard player of Parliament-Funkadelic, he lent his talents to a mind-bogglingly wide array of artists, including Talking Heads, Praxis, Fela Kuti, Keith Richards, Fred Schneider, Jack Bruce, Midday Veil, and other too numerous to list. » Read more

2016-06-20
Help Yuka & Chronoship Bring Their Music to Life – We've been telling you about the great Japanese band Yuka & Chronoship for a while now, and we hope you've all caught on. The band's album The 3rd Planetary Chronicles is their best yet, and fans have been asking for some visuals to go with the music. To that end, the band has started a campaign to raise funds for video production. » Read more

2016-06-03
Dave Swarbrick RIP – Starting with the early days of Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick was one of the pioneers of folk-styled fiddle incorporated in settings influenced by rock music. Sad word reaches us that he has died aged 75 after long illness. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hecenia - La Couleur du Feu – If you've ever heard Hecenia's first album, Légendes from a few years ago, with vocals, drum machines, and all, you might want to push all that out of your mind now. This new album is...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues