Binfen (Clou Records, Clou-002, KALAN Music, Peacework Music)
A wonderful synthie-based masterpiece by Murat Ses, a keyboard player and composer with strong Eurasian electronic elements. His LP ‘Danses et Rythmes de la Turquie d’hier à aujourd’hui’ was awarded Grand Prix du Disque by the Charles Cros Academie in Paris, France back then in the 70’s…
The albums AUTOMATON, (Slave with Ewer Device), BINFEN (feat.Tan), and CULDUZ all released in the 90’s, are parts of a trilogy with the concept: “The Timeless and Boundariless Context of Culture and Civilization”.
His musical background has its roots in Eastern Mediterranean, Levantine, and Central Asian cultures and musics. Big experience in electronica and ambient. This album is a fusion of ethnic timbres and fine electronics.
Some liners about this unusual story:
BiNFEN was a scientist (even a madhead) who lived in Istanbul (the capital of the
Ottoman empire) in the 17th century. He had a concept of building him some
sort of wings which should enable him to fly across the Bosphorus. This guy
was a genius and he really managed to achieve his plan and flew from one
side of the channel to the other. The Ottoman ruler of that time sponsored him and when Binfen had managed the flight (the first man ever, about 300 years before the Wright Brothers and even about 100 years before the Montgolfier Bros!!), he was deeply impressed but on the other hand afraid that this genius could be very dangerous for the stability of the empire. So Binfen was sent into exile in Spain. My favorites on the album: Before Midnight, Usturlab, 1000 Akche, Binfen, Drift, Mare Imbrium (only track by Tan, Murat’s son)