Author Archives: 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.

New Sonic Experiments

After a lengthy period of feeling lost and afraid, I calmed down, redesigned my studio (at least three times) and started experimenting with sounds, ways of processing them, and bringing these sounds and processes together into pieces or improvisation instrument. … Continue reading

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No Concerts in April

For obvious reasons, Korhan Erel has no concerts in April. They are contemplating life and other things at home. They also take walks without interacting with anyone. They do their best not to remain in their pyjamas after getting out … Continue reading

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Concerts in Berlin and Essen in March

Korhan will play three concerts in Berlin and one in Essen in March. They will play their first concert in the from of a solo electronics improvisation on experimental films with the theme of ‘daughters’ by female filmmakers on March … Continue reading

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Concerts in Berlin and Bielefeld in February

February is usually a quiet month for me, but not this time. I have three concerts in Berlin and one in Bielefeld. On February 12th, I will be improvising with saxophonist Max Stehle and pianist Roman Stolyar at Artist Homes … Continue reading

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Activities in January and February

2020 seems to be a much calmer year with less travelling and not that many concerts, but that does not mean it will be less exciting. The best news was that our project ‘Scarecrow’ with my wife Tuçe Erel was … Continue reading

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Five-night Residency at Au Topsi Pohl

Korhan Erel will have a five-night residency at Berlin’s wonderful experimental music/jazz venue Au Topsi Pohl on November 19-23. Korhan will play with some of the best and most innovative musicians and performers from Berlin, Ramallah and Munich in duos, … Continue reading

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November in Brussels, Cologne and Berlin

Korhan Erel will be playing a solo concert in the S M O G series in Brussels on November 8. They will present re-interpretations of their older pieces from Con-Structures and Spam Me Senseless albums as well as some new … Continue reading

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Klub Demboh goes North in October

The Berlin-based group Klub Demboh has since spring 2017, on a weekly basis, developed an open and multiform music in which the unexpected often has drastic consequences. Improvisation on the verge of total collapse. Klub Demboh is a revitaliser of the … Continue reading

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How to get rid of a body. A magic manual

Korhan Erel teams up with Léonard Engel and Maja Zimmermann to produce Engel’s second solo work ‘How to get rid of a body. A magic manual’. After a six-week rehearsal period, which started with a residency at PACT Zollverein in … Continue reading

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A month of rather diverse musical activities

In June, I will be performing in some amazing festivals and venues with very different projects. First off a concert with Trickster Orchestra at Tonhalle Düsseldorf at the Schönes Wochenende Festival, where I will compose and perform a sound piece … Continue reading

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