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Eleven Short Stories / Erdem Helvacioglu, prepared piano

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>Helvacioglu, Erdem : Short Stories (11), for prepared piano
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Notes & Reviews:

"Eleven Short Stories" is a set of nearly a dozen atmospheric vignettes for prepared piano, paying homage to some of Erdem Helvacioglu's favorite film directors: Kim Ki-Duk, David Lynch, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Jane Campion, Anthony Minghella, Ang Lee, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Steven Soderberg. Erdem Helvacioglu (b.1975) is one of the most renowned contemporary composers of his generation in Turkey. His music has been called "revolutionary," "groundbreaking," "emotionally evocative soundscapes with remarkable beauty," "uncommonly deep, intelligent, and beautiful cinematic compositions", "luscious and unique," and "completely arresting and disarmingly beautiful." Erdem has received awards from the Luigi Russolo, MUSICA NOVA, Insulae Electronicae Electroacoustic Music Competitions. He has been commissioned by numerous entities, from the 2006 World Soccer Championship to the Bang on a Can-All Stars. He won the "Best Original Soundtrack" award in the 2006 Mostramundo Film Festival, and his film scores have been heard at Cannes, Sarajevo, Locarno, Seoul, Sao Paulo, and Sydney film festivals.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Robert College Suna Kiraç Theater Hall, Istanbul, Turke.


Prepared Piano Goes to the Movies (Kind Of)
Turkish composer Erdem Helvacioglu embarks on a fascinating project with this recording. He writes in the liner notes, “Eleven Short Stories is inspired by the works of film directors Kim Ki-Duk, David Lynch, Krzystof Kielowski, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Jan Campion, Anthony Minthella, Ang Lee, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu and Steven Soderbergh.”

Using a prepared piano, Helvacioglu conjures up sonic impressions of various types of movies – as they might be interpreted by these directors. That’s not to say that Helvacioglu’s arranging soundtrack themes. Rather, he creates soundscapes that convey the emotions he’s after.

And there’s not a one-to-one correspondence between a certain director and an individual track. Part of the listener’s task is to listen to make sense of the sounds not only in terms of the stories they’re telling, but also what director’s style (or styles) it might be told in.

Helvacioglu’s tonal palette is wide-open, and imaginative. Some of the sound are distinctively pianistic, while others seem otherworldly. Throughout it all, though, there’s a clear underlying structure that gives each story its own internal logic.

"Eleven Short Stories" is an engaging release for anyone interested in the sound of the new – and the more you’re familiar with the directors that inspired these works, the deeper your appreciation of Helvacioglu’s accomplishment.
Submitted on 04/27/12 by RGraves321 
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>Helvacioglu, Erdem : Short Stories (11), for prepared piano
  • Performer: Erdem Helvacioglu (Prepared Piano)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern