“Harscht?” with Rahel Kraft in compilation

 

Korhan Erel and Rahel Kraft (voice, electronics) met on October 14, 2016 at Club der polnischen Versager in Berlin. The amazing cello quartet Octopus was playing that night. They struck up a conversation while smoking outside the club, and decided to meet for a session when Rahel was back in Berlin. That session happened on December 14. Rahel and Korhan set their instrrahel-kraftuments up and started playing, experimenting, failing… basically having fun. Rahel had the idea then to contribute a part of this session to a compilation of works based on the human voice: Utterances. This compilation was put together by Richard Sanderson and released on his “Linear Obsessional” label, which releases “experimental, improvised, and other music that falls through the cracks”. It contains 112 tracks that are each exactly two minutes long, sorted in order of submission date. “Harscht?” is the 111th track. The compilation comes also with a PDF booklet containing information, drawings, images.

 

 

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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