New album: Public Computing

Public Computing - Korhan Erel

Two of my recent solo performances are released under the name of ‘Public Computing’ by the UK internet label Electronic Musik. Public Computing contains two live recordings at two Istanbul venues: Kadikoy Gram (February 27, 2011) and 60m2 (April 28, 2011). I played my self-designed performance, sound design and composition tool Omnibus, which is a collection of computer instruments played with a diverse set of controllers.

Electronic Musik is a DIY label which specializes in experimental electronica and improvised music. Formed in 2000 it’s run by the Sound manipulator / Improvising musician Ian Simpson (aka Noise Research) and is non profit making which enables the label to release exactly what it wants (ie: what it likes). 

Artists include Eddie Prevost, ASTRO, Fonik, Philippe Petit, Wolf Eyes, Matt Davies, Richard Wilmer, Matthew Shaw, Demons, Astral Social Club, Gary Fisher, A Band, Towering Breaker, Chris Whitehead, Sndsukinspook, Chris Lynn, Lanterns, Vultures, Generic, Kalistongue, Pangea, Graham Dunning, Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt , Thee Moths, ARK, Mutate, Ambient Fabric, Isaac de la Concha, Heddy Boubaker, Gnod, Banist3r, Noise club, Viva la Muerte, Serfs, Spektrox, Barbarians, Phroq, Janx: The Gathering, Ian Watson, Electronic Orgainca Ensemble, Christian Munthe, Martin Ohman, Herve Perez, Cage Cabarrett, Afgan, John Kannenberg, Sannyasin, Bacillus, Noise Research, Vok, Daniel Weaver, Luis Antero, Arklight, Narshe, Lol Coxhill, Paul Burnell + more.

You can listen to and download Public Computing for free at the link below:

Public Computing – Korhan Erel

About Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is a computer musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. He plays instruments he designs on a computer by employing various controllers. He also uses analog and digital electronics. He is a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey. He composes and designs sounds for dance, theater, installations and film. He collaborates with dancers, video artists and spoken word artists. Korhan’s collaboration with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore “The Threshold” has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. Korhan’s computer performance system is called Omnibus. The instruments within Omnibus are a culmination of Korhan’s musical past and aesthetic choices. Omnibus instruments use concrete sounds (samples, field recordings), morphed and processed in realtime. They can be as simple as one single sample being played using a Nintendo Wii controller to a complex system that employs granular synthesis and spectral processing. The instruments are played interactively using Nintendo Wii controllers (Korhan’s choice of controller when he plays in ensembles with acoustic/electric instrument players), an iPad (used in solo/duo performances as well as ensemble concerts) and several midi controllers. No matter what technology he uses, Korhan always stays focused on the outcome and musicality rather than processes. Korhan is the co-curator (with Nicola Hein) of UnStumm, a project that brings video artists and musicians from Germany and one other country for audiovisual improvised collaboration. Korhan has had three residencies at STEIM (Center for research & development of instruments & tools for performers) in Amsterdam, where he studied use of sensors in music performance and instrument design. He was a guest composer at the Electronic Music Studios in Stockholm in January 2011. Korhan has seven CD releases on Gruenrekorder (Germany), Creative Sources Records (Portugal), Evil Rabbit Records (Netherlands/Germany), A.K. Müzik (Turkey) and Kukuruku Recordings (Greece) as well as several netlabel releases. He performs regularly in Europe and in the Middle East as a solo artist as well as with his projects in Germany and Holland.
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