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Altered Realities - Erdem Helvacioglu

2007-11-08 16:23
At times, Turkish composer Erdem Helvacioglu’s blend of solo acoustic guitar and live electronics sounds like the abyss, at other moments you’ll think you’re drowning in noise.

For general mood, think the likes of Pat Metheny (due in SA November 23, by the way, and kudos to Big Concerts for bringing his trio over), Ralph Towner and Jan Garbarek, but with a distinctive electronic timbre. Think Brian Eno’s compilation Angels in the Architecture, which is about due for a retro revival in the ad agencies of the world.

But these are all oldsters, whereas Helvacioglu is a young composer, tuned into the beatgeist of artists like Merzbow and Japanese laptop artist Kazuya Ishigami. Hell, he IS the geist in the machine. Lovely, pure, and dense without clutter, Altered Realities shows that art doesn’t have to be alienating to be original.

- Chris Roper

Fans of the ECM label (and yes, you can be a fan of a label) will love this album. ECM’s motto is ‘The most beautiful sound next to silence’, which kind of describes Altered Realities. Always, you’ll be entranced and seduced.



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