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East {hyphen} West -Sound Impressions Of Istanbul

  • Title: East {hyphen} West -Sound Impressions Of Istanbul
  • Artist: Magda Stawarska-Beavan
  • Label: Magda Stawarska-Beavan
  • Format: LP+7"+Book
  • Genres: Experimental Electronic, Field Recordings, Sound Collage, Spoken Word, Sound Art, Misc Turkey
  • Price: €40,00EU (incl. 19% VAT)€34,48non-EU

"East [hyphen] West, Sound Impressions of Istanbul 2015 is an LP plus 7" limited edition of 250 copies, hand signed by the artist. The album contains the artist’s book (hand folded) introduced and edited by Dr Mat Gregory. The reader and listener are invited to share personal reflections on Istanbul by writers, Barkin Engin, Aylin Unal and Selcuk Artut, translated by Tuna Pase and Behzat Dirker.

The folio book of interwoven leaves, threaded with images of the Bosporus, conceals fragments of re-told city soundscapes from the notebooks of musician Ekin Sanac and artist Lubaina Himid who respond to the evocative field recordings with text and voice, creating a new narrative layer.

East [hyphen] West maps the shifting sonic and visual landscape of Istanbul at a specific point in time, exploring the cultural complexities of a city where the boundaries of ‘West’ and ‘East are reflected in its sights and soundscape. Revealing the city from an intimate viewpoint, audio-visual content is captured by the artist via microphones and a camera attached to her body as she moves through an unfamiliar city. Field recordings combine a macro aural and visual cityscape with micro, sub-aqua sounds and images taken from beneath the Bosporus."