Resonating Universes is a new collaboration between Turkish artists Erdem Helvacioglu and Sirin Pancaroglu that brings together traditional Turkish harp (Pancaroglu) with sound-sculpting electronica (Helvacioglu) into one continuously evolving soundscape. This is their first project together. 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 used every possible gadget imaginable on the strings, from bows to Ebows, from ropes to knives. 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 which blends contemporary experimental vocabulary with traditional, Turkish sensibilities A timeless sonic journey.
About the Artist
Originally from Bursa, Turkey, guitarist and electronic composer Erdem Helvacioglu has collaborated with artists such as Kevin Moore, John Wilson and Mick Karn, he also won the Best Original Soundtrack award at the 2007 Monstramundo Film Festival for his score on the film Poyraz . Sirin Pancaroglu is one of Turkey s best known harpists and has been involved in a wide range of musical projects, from classical to traditional and from jazz to experimental. She studied at two French Schools of Harp, known as Jamet and Remie . She has also participated in projects that specialize in the çeng , a traditional Eastern harp which features on Resonating Universes , together with the concert and electric harps.