Presentation and Concert: Antje Vowinckel and Korhan Erel

On Sunday, June 29, 2014, Antje Vowinckel and Korhan Erel will present a common sound art program at Errant Bodies in Berlin:

1- Novel in glass. Turkish sound vitrines based on motifs by Orhan Pamuk. By Antje Vowinckel, Produktion HR/SWR 2014, 54 minutes
2 – The Threshold. Film by Fabian Astore with sound design by Korhan Erel (joint winner of Blake Prize 2012), 7 minutes
3- Improvisation by Korhan Erel, laptop, Antje Vowinckel, organ and objects, 15 minutes

Parallel to his novel The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk had built a museum of the same title in Istanbul, assembling objects that play a role in the novel. In more than 80 vitrines the objects correspond in a new way and convey the zeitgeist of the western orientated upper class in Istanbuls 70s. These vitrines are documented with many fotos in his book The innocence of objects.

“When creating the vitrines I became conscious that the objects I had been collecting for years and described in my novel got a new meaning in the museum. As soon as they were lying in vitrines they talked to each other and sang a new song transcending the novel.
A sound composition based on this “song” is the idea of German sound composer and radio artist Antje Vowinckel. She transfers the idea of chance encounters in vitrines into the acoustic dimension by using glass resonances.

The Threshold is a video by Fabian Astore shot in Istanbul and augmented by Korhan Erel’s sound design. The video jointly won the coveted Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. As Astore describes it: “Sitting at the threshold, the presence of childhood innocence renders complex boundaries to a moment of spiritual elevation. A video recorded serendipitously in Istanbul, Turkey in January 2012.”

The evening will end with a 15-minute improvisation by Antje Vowinckel on electric organ and objects, and Korhan Erel on computer and controllers.


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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