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.

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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Activities in May

A busy month awaits Korhan Erel in May. They will be playing three concerts and two performances in Berlin, doing a residency in Essen and rehearsing for a new project in Krefeld. The first concert will be with the usual … Continue reading

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Electro-acoustic Live Techno

Korhan Erel and accordion player Mikail Yakut have been preparing an electro-acoustic techno set for the #disPlaced – #rePlaced 2 Festival to take place in Berlin on April 12-13. The festival, which will take place in Radialsystem with an afterparty … Continue reading

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Hacktivate Yourself in Hong Kong

Korhan Erel will spend two weeks in Hong Kong for the exhibition “Hacktivate Yourself”, where they will show a sound installation titled “we’re all alike” and perform an audiovisual show with visual artist Vvzela Kook on March 30th. The exhibition … Continue reading

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Concerts, exhibitions in Berlin and Hong Kong in March

On March 4, Korhan Erel improvises and does other strange things with Klub Demboh, an improvised performance collective that does things a bit weirder than usual. The performance will be at Petersburg Art Space in Moabit. Korhan plays with Naabtal … Continue reading

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Concert with Ute Wassermann in Istanbul

I will be playing an improvised concert with the amazing Ute Wassermann (voice, whistles, objects) in Istanbul on February 22. The concert is hosted by the series “Ender Sesler (Rare Sounds)” coorganized and cosponsored by BAUArt and Yapı Kredi Culture … Continue reading

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January Concerts in Oslo, Berlin and Bern

The Liz is back at it again. The power trio Korhan co-founded with Liz Allbee and Liz Kosack returned to performing with a new piece after being busy with other projects since their last performance in May 2017. The teaser … Continue reading

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