Erdem Helvacioğlu and Şirin Pancaroğlu ‘Resonating Universes’


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‘Resonating Universes’ is a new collaboration that brings together sound-sculpting electronica (Erdem Helvacıoğlu) with traditional Turkish harp (Şirin Pancaroğlu) into one continuously evolving soundscape. In their first collaboration, in order to capture the widest possible range of sounds from the harp, a range of different microphones and microphone techniques were used - like special drum kick mics used very close to the bass strings, stereo mics used right at the top of the instrument, a microphone inside the instrument, etc. thus mixing classical music and pop music production techniques. For the initial recording stage, they tried to use every possible gadget imaginable on the strings, from bows to Ebows, from ropes to knives. At one moment Şirin and Erdem were both at either end of a rope scratching the strings of the harp while also punching the low strings, a very tiring experience! The philosophy of this timbre exploration was to find new ways of expressing emotions using experimental recording techniques. The result is a superbly sophisticated and expressive work that blends contemporary experimental vocabulary with traditional, Turkish sensibilities — A timeless sonic journey. Credits: Erdem Helvacıoğlu: composer, electronics - Şirin Pancaroğlu: harps TRACK LIST: 1. RESONATING UNIVERSES - Part 1 (7:25) 2. RESONATING UNIVERSES - Part 2 (7:08) 3. RESONATING UNIVERSES - Part 3 (8:17) 4. RESONATING UNIVERSES - Part 4 (3:08) 5. RESONATING UNIVERSES - Part 5 (7:53) 6. RESONATING UNIVERSES - Part 6 (4:16) 7. RESONATING UNIVERSES - Part 7 (5:31) 8. RESONATING UNIVERSES - Part 8 (15:24) Also available as downloads: Resonating Universes - Erdem Helvacioglu & Şirin Pancaroğlu