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2015-03-26
RIP John Renbourn – John Renbourn, the Scottish guitarist and founding member of the influential folk-rock-jazz band Pentangle, has died at the age of 70. His elaborate style of playing, as well as his willingness to experiment with sounds from around the world, were hugely influential in the folk music as well as being precursors to what was later called World Music. » Read more

2015-03-13
Seaprog 2015 First Band Announcements – The Seaprog festival in Seattle will present its third instalment in August, and the organizers have announced their first signings to perform. Italian artist Debora Petrina will appear, along with California prog darlings MoeTar. The festival will take place August 7-9, 2015. » Read more

2015-03-13
Daevid Allen RIP – After battling cancer, Gong founder and musical visionary Daevid Allen has left the planet Earth. He will live on in our memories and in the multitude of recordings he left behind as a solo artist, with Gong, and with a wide range of other artists. He was 77. » Read more

2015-02-17
RIP Sam Andrew – Sam Andrew, guitarist and founding member of Big Brother and The Holding Company, passed away on February 12th, at the age of 73. His death stemmed from complications related to a heart attack ten weeks earlier that left him in critical condition. » Read more

2015-01-27
Magma to tour North America in 2015 – Something that doesn't happen very often is in the works for the spring on 2015: Christian Vander and Magma will be touring North America, even including some West Coast shows. European performances are going on as of the time of writing. » Read more

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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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