Network Music Festival

Sound without Borders // 15-18th July 2020

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Fulya Uçanok and Serkan Sevilgen // The Curtain and Beyond

Fulya Uçanok and Serkan Sevilgen are fascinated by microscopic details of sound objects and exploring their intimate and fragile sound worlds through low level listening. They find their roots and inspirations in early electroacoustic music, musique concrète traditions, soundscape, deep listening experiences, chance operations, free improvisation, and minimalism. Their music emphasizes the temporal nature of music, impermanence, fragility, as well as the ambiguity of silence through attentive listening to minute details.

With the coronavirus outbreak, the duo is now opening up this intimate sound world to the the private setting of headphones in the listeners’ homes; where it is possible to delve into the intimacy of sounds, through a close encounter setup in these distanced times.

In this performance, the duo delves into the discourses around the Pythagorean curtain that has been an inspiration for the acousmatic tradition. Taking it literally, the performance integrates an actual curtain in physical space performance conditions, However, they use other virtual tools to create the curtain for network performances. The curtain aims to weave together historical and current discourses around acousmatic music practice. Integrating the acousmatic into a live performance setting, they create dialogues between parallel worlds of source-bonded/source-ambiguous sound events, various forms of presences/absences, the real/unreal, and linearity/non-linearity in the narrative.

Fulya Uçanok‘s (pianist, electroacoustic composer and improviser) current interests include accessibility without popularization, mechanisms of mediation, pluralism, and non-power within the medium of electroacoustic music aesthetics, composition, and performance practices. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Sonic Arts department in İTÜ MİAM, and a research assistant at İstanbul Bilgi University music department.

Serkan Sevilgen (computer programmer and composer) is experienced in many programming languages (including music-specific ones like Csound, MaxMSP, and Supercollider), databases, cloud platforms, and Linux operating systems. He is currently the Director of Engineering at Temblor, Inc and masters student for Sonic Arts at Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), Istanbul Technical University.