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Murat Ses 11th album titled Kiosk Torba released in the USA and worldwide

Murat Ses - Kiosk Torba
Murat Ses – Kiosk Torba
Murat Ses, the Turkish-Austrian keyboard player and presents his brand new album “Kiosk Torba” released on Clou Records (Clou-012) on August 22, 2014.

Kiosk Torba is a brief musical summary of a place that has existed for more than half a century. A place with a pulsating natural setting of groovy crickets, Eurasian birds, olive trees, fig orchards, dogs (Osman and the Gang!), cats, and full of good spirits; the people of Bodrum. There is a long who’s-who-list of earlier Turkish music scene; of those pioneer musicians of earlier decades who visited that place, stayed and discussed about new ideas.

Kiosk Torba incorporates a myriad of cross-cultural elements and all these not only limited to Anatolia (such as Pinoy and Naija). Asian, African, Pacifica sounds combined with zurna sounds and melodic organ solos (with an Anatolian touch for sure) plus vocals from all over the world (New5ense, Enty3way aka Black Money and others).

Seven impressive tracks in sum: Cats in the Hood, Eurasian Blackbird, Jay Comb and the Kids, Kiosk Torba, Satin Olive Tree, Tombik the Bumblebee and What a Day.

As creator/originator of the Anadolu Pop style (founder of Moğollar in late 60s*) a synthesis of Anatolian Music and Western elements that has been influencing the Turkish music scene for decades, he concocted a more progressive style he dubs as Anadolu Pop 2.0 or Electric Levantine, more accessible to global audiences. Eleven solo albums in sum have been released by the US label Clou Records since 1990.

Post-production and ArtWork by OpBe aka Nihal Ses.

Available from amazon and iTunes

For more information check: http://www.muratses.com and http://www.clourecords.com

Further reading on Murat Ses, his bio and his unique styles Anadolu Pop and Electric Levantine: Murat Ses and wikipedia.org/wiki/Murat_Ses

* Moğollar is a registered trade mark by Murat Ses

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Murat Ses Tenth Album Sundial Released in the USA

Murat Ses - Sundial
Murat Ses – Sundial
Murat Ses has a new album titled Sundial released by Clou Records (Clou-011) on August 1, 2013 . Digital-only available at iTunes and other digital shops.

Sundial incorporates a myriad of cross-cultural elements and all these not only limited to Anatolia. Native-American, Central Asian shaman sounds combined with zurna sounds and melodic organ solos (with an Anatolian touch for sure). “…from the very simple idea that the time-measuring function of sundial depends on the sun and the gnomon. The positioning of this combined system makes it possible to read the time as the sun moves across the sky. Always one truth as long as all elements in the system are in their right positions. You may regard those elements as place holders in any functioning system such as cultures and beliefs. The humanity is the source of all as the sun here is. We are the common denominators even if we would not admit…”.

Sundial (title track), Gnomon (funky Anatolian fusion with upbeat microtonal riffs), Circumsolaire, Katchinam (a Hopi impression), Motion of Noon (some reference to Murat Ses organ solos during Paris days with a small part of Lorke), Minute of Arc (state-of-art synth work w some tribal stuff) give the impression of a great historical journey of Anadolu Pop from late 60s to Anadolu Pop 2.0 or Electric Levantine of 2010s.

Murat Ses, a veteran of modern Anatolian music dubbed as ‘Father of Anadolu Pop’ worldwide was featured in some renowned U.S. (Expose, Keyboard and others) and UK magazine The Wire by Danny Spicer (as a synthie wizard emerging from Turkey and Middle East) lately. Synthies with Anatolian microtonal tuning, evoke the feeling of a Turkish/Anatolian wedding all the way thru the album. Awesome organ, microtonal synthesizer performance by Murat Ses and additional contributions by a network of international vocalists from all over the world (Kcentric, Enty3way aka Black Money, J2age, Kendra and Natemonoxide to name some).

The music has been composed and recorded during his stays in the U.S.A. (St. Augustine, Miami and Orlando), Austria and Turkey (Bodrum), enriched by Murat’s microtonal synthesizer performances and additional vocal contributions. Sundial a ‘real’ global music, incorporating a myriad of world music sounds (Anatolian, Turkish timbres along with Native American and other style influences) all dominated by an aura of Anatolian/Levantine music.

Very accessible, danceable, with pulsing, pumping groove garnished with some electronic “saz, davul and zurna” playing. Artwork and post-production as well as final cuts by ÖpBe (aka Nihal Ses), who has been designing and supplying thematic ideas all of Murat Ses albums and liner notes. For more information check: http://www.muratses.com and http://www.clourecords.com Further reading on Murat Ses, his bio and his unique styles Anadolu Pop and Electric Levantine: wikipedia.org/wiki/Murat_Ses

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Murat Ses ninth album Light Cone released in the USA

Murat Ses – Light Cone
Murat Ses’ new album Light Cone released by Clou Records (Florida, USA) on 22 June 2012 and will be distributed by several companies including the New York label PWMN.

A light cone is the path of light, emanating from a single event localized to a single point in space and to a single moment in time.. traveling in all directions thru spacetime.

“…after perceiving that ‘you can’t swim twice in the same river’ I tried to remember again what happened in my Anadolu Pop years and what would come next. Finding myself on that ephemeral point where I had naturally been collecting decades-long inspirations from a myriad of sources I decided to make the music of this fact. The sudden loss of our beloved Mom Lamia once again stressed that ephemeral aspect of life in general”, As Mr Ses puts it.

The tracks give the impression of a great historical journey of Anadolu Pop from late 60s to Anadolu Pop 2.0 or Electric Levantine of 2010s created by The Father of Anadolu Pop (as the Turks and a growing number of international listeners call him).

As in former albums, Light Cone incorporates a myriad of cross-cultural elements and all these not only limited to Anatolia. Native-American, Central Asian shaman sounds combined with zurna sounds (one of Murat’s decades long synthesizer and organ specialties as on Farewell to Lamia, Anatolian Highway 2, Chiral of Past, I Miss Paris and others).

The music as usual has been composed and recorded during Murat’s stays in the USA, Austria and Turkey (Bodrum). Awesome organ, microtonal synthesizer performance by Murat Ses and additional contributions by a network of international vocalists/musicians from the USA (Kcentric, Triple Camp, Chris Rininger, Ishmael Johnson aka I’m Dangerous, Ramona Graham, Kara Sherman, Jason Brock, 4nsic, Fonik, Kendra, SackJo22, Barry Morgan on his bowed guitar), from UK (Trixtar, PhD, Nate Monoxide), from Colombia (Jhonblack), from Canada (Cam Wendt), from France (Phusion), from Japan (Riyu Konaka), from Turkey (Yilmaz, the nice fresh almond vendor of Torba, Vendors of Old Kadikoy Bazaar, Bora Cetin as MC for Man with Bean Teeth).

Artwork by ÖpBe again, who has been designing all of Murat Ses albums and liner notes.

The album has fifteen tracks and has a total duration of seventy-two minutes. For more information check: http://www.muratses.com and http://www.clourecords.com

Further reading on Murat Ses and his unique styles Anadolu Pop and Electric Levantine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murat_Ses

Track list:

Beam In The Dark,Chiral Of Past, Farewell To Lamia, Anatolian Highway 2, Big Dipper, Automatic Singer, I Miss Paris, Marbled Dreams. Man With Bean Teeth, Lazy John, Osman And The Gang, Summer Rain On Amelia Island, Rainbow Buffalo 2, Torba Days, Sunlit

Available online on iTunes, amazon.com, aol.com, Napster, Mondomix and other online sales companies worldwide.

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Beside the Sun by Murat Ses

Murat Ses - Beside the Sun
Murat Ses – Beside the Sun
Murat Ses

Beside the Sun (Clou Records Clou-009, 2010)

Beside the Sun by Murat Ses is ‘real’ global music, incorporating a myriad of world music sounds (Anatolian, Turkish timbres along with Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian, Native American) all dominated by an aura of Anatolian/Levantine music. Very accessible, danceable, with pulsing, pumping groove garnished with some electronic “saz, davul and zurna” playing.

Murat Ses, a veteran of modern Anatolian music dubbed as ‘Father of Anadolu Pop’ worldwide was featured in some renowned U.S. mags lately. Synthie riffs rolling like ‘saz’ licks, due to Murat’s use of Anatolian microtonal tuning, evoke this feeling all the way thru the album. ..and what does the album title mean?

Beside the Sun or Sun Dog or Parhelia or Mock Sun is an amazing atmospheric phenomenon. It’s a luminous halo on either side of the sun. For Murat Ses this phenomenon can be easily translated to interactions and forms of appearance in diverse cultures. The humanity is the source of all as the sun here is. We are the common denominators even if we would not admit. As an artist, he tries to find out musical aspects world cultures have in common. The album has thirteen tracks and has a total duration of sixty-one minutes.

Visible Light, Ongaku, Whirlwind, Nananana, Sounds Crazy with vocals by Kcentric, Ramona Graham and Riyu Konaka are only some of remarkable tracks.

All artwork/liner notes are created by ÖpBe who has been designing and supplying thematic ideas to all  albums by Murat Ses. The music has been composed and recorded during his stays in the U.S.A. (St. Augustine, Miami and Orlando), Austria and Turkey (Bodrum), enriched by Murat’s microtonal synthesizer performances and additional vocal contributions.

Murat’s high quality network of international friends contributed to this album, talented vocalists/musicians from the USA (Ramona Graham, Elaine Schoendorf, KCentric, Panu Moon, spinningmerkaba), UK (Azoora, MTG aka CaramelG), Netherlands (Abhi S.V.) Canada (Barbarella, Lisa Patric, Brad), Japan (Riyu Konaka), Latin America (C Dala/Nego Elias from Brazil).

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Further reading on Murat Ses and his unique styles Anadolu Pop and Electric Levantine: wikipedia.org/wiki/Murat_Ses

 

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Murat Ses eighth solo album Beside the Sun Released on January 1, 2010

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Murat Ses – Beside the Sun
Murat Ses’ eighth solo album Beside the Sun will be released by Clou Records (Florida, USA) and will be distributed by several companies including the New York label PWMN (PeaceWorkMusicNetwork). Digital distribution will be on iTunes, amazon.com, aol.com, Napster, Mondomix and other online sales companies starting on January 1, 2010.

Beside the Sun or Sun Dog or Parhelia or Mock Sun is an amazing atmospheric phenomenon. It’s a luminous halo on either side of the sun. For Murat Ses this phenomenon can be easily translated to interactions and forms of appearance in diverse cultures. The humanity is the source of all as the sun here is. We are the common denominators even if we would not admit. As an artist, he tries to find out musical aspects world cultures have in common. The album has thirteen tracks and has a total duration of sixty-one minutes.

The album Beside the Sun is an invitation to reconsider personal ideas about other cultures in the hope that everyone may find similarities in his or hers with other cultures. All artwork/liner notes are created by ÖpBe who has been designing and supplying thematic ideas to all albums by Murat Ses.

The music has been composed and recorded during his stays in the USA (St. Augustine, Miami and Orlando), Austria and Turkey (Bodrum), enriched by Murat’s microtonal synthesizer performances and additional vocal contributions. Murat’s high quality network of international friends contributed to this album, talented vocalists/musicians from the USA (Ramona Graham, Elaine Schoendorf, KCentric, Panu Moon, spinningmerkaba), UK (Azoora, MTG aka CaramelG), Netherlands (Abhi S.V.) Canada (Barbarella, Lisa Patric, Brad), Japan (Riyu Konaka), Latin America (C Dala/Nego Elias from Brazil). 

More information at Murat Ses official website. Links:

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Umami by Murat Ses

Murat Ses - Umami
Murat Ses – Umami
Murat Ses

Umami (Clou Records Clou-008 and on digital portals iTunes, aol.de, etc)

’Umami’ is a Japanese word meaning "savory" thus applies to the sensation of savoriness, a distinctive taste, different from sweet, sour, bitter and salty. This is exactly the music philosophy of Murat who is in search of musical and artistic perfection and distinctiveness.. and this is the name of one more great album (seventh in a row) by Murat Ses, a state-of-art fusion of Anatolian-Levantine music, hiphop and a different type of mystic-sounding yet groovy spoken word.

Umami incorporates a myriad of cross-cultural elements and all these not only limited to Anatolia. There is Native-American sounds (predominantly Seminole) in a harmonious hand-in-hand with zurna sounds (one of Murat’s decades long synthesizer and organ specialties) as performed on track Tamiami Trail.

Some fine hilarious, funky English and Japanese vocal by Riyu Konaka (on track Umami), nice vocal additions by Phusion (on Paris Afar Off), by KCentric on several tracks (some of the highlights Seagreen and Thru The Valley) and by HexylCircle and SilviaO on Levantine Daydream.

On my favs Seagreen and Levantine Daydream Murat Ses’ Anatolian-tuned synthesizers add a unique atmo to the overall sounding.

A great album to enjoy, full with Murat’s sounds (typical organ solos reminding me of his earlier works but in a very different contemporary way) and songs composed during his stays in the USA (New York and Miami), Austria and Turkey (Bodrum) enriched with a good choice of vocalists from all over the world.

And exquisite artwork and liner notes by ÖpBe.

For more information check: http://www.muratses.com and http://www.clourecords.com

Further reading on Murat Ses and his unique styles Anadolu Pop and Electric Levantine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murat_Ses

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Murat Ses latest solo album Umami released in the USA

New York (USA) – Murat Ses’ latest solo album Umami has been released by Clou Records (Florida-USA) and will be distributed by several companies including the New York label PWMN (PeaceWorkMusicNetwork). Digital distribution will be on iTunes, amazon.com and other online sales companies.

Umami is Murat’s seventh solo album following to Automaton² (Automaton Squared), ‘Binfen 2005 Remix", and “Electric Levantine” all recorded in the USA. ’Umami’ is a Japanese word meaning "savory" thus applies to the sensation of savoriness, a distinctive taste, different from sweet, sour, bitter and salty. This is exactly the music philosophy of Murat who is in search of musical and artistic perfection and distinctiveness.

The tracks of Umami also come up with Murat Ses’ legendary fusion styles (known as Anadolu Pop in the 70s and still en vogue in Turkey and Electric Levantine of the 90s).

Highlites of 2005 – 2007: Following to his two new albums (Automaton² – San Francisco Miami Impressions and Binfen 2005 Remix), one of his tracks (Ihlara Valley from Automaton²) found its way into one of the most prestigious samplers ‘Asian Garden Vol.2’ with greats of the genre like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan et al with a special note. Two other tracks (’Binfen 2’ fm the album “Binfen 2005 Remix” and ‘Electric Levantine’ fm the album “Electric Levantine”) and a 60s work by Murat Ses (Eastern Love) were released by Lola’s World Records: Made In Turkey, Vol.2 and Vol.3. All Lola’s World Records (Germany) compilations were realized by renowned radio personality and Djane Gülbahar Kültür.

In 2007 the advertising agency TBWA in cooperation with Pelikan Muzik (Istanbul-Turkey) decided to use the early 70s Murat Ses song Garip Çoban (meaning Poor Shepherd in Turkish) in PlayStation 3 international campaigns commercial.

All artwork/liner notes are created by ÖpBe who has been designing all seven solo albums by Murat Ses.The music has been composed during his stays in the USA (New York and Miami), Austria and Turkey (Bodrum), enriched by Murat’s microtonal synthesizer performances and additional vocal contributions by friends from USA, Japan and UK.

More information at Murat Ses official website and Clou Records

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Electric Levantine by Murat Ses

Electric Levantine (Clou Records Clou-007 and on digital
portals iTunes, aol.de, etc)

Electric Levantine (2006) is Murat Ses’
sixth solo album following Binfen 2005 Remix and Automaton²
(San Francisco Miami Impressions)
last year.

As the name reveals, the whole album is produced in Murat Ses’ unique style
he dubs Electric Levantine, a more experimental form of
Anadolu Pop
, he’s also the creator of. He is one of the most important
artists who shaped and formed his native country’s music and every year he is
getting more international attention he deserves.

One of striking novelties of this album is the use of vocals. The singers
originating in the USA, South Africa and from different parts of the world, make
a very impressive contribution to Murat’s unique music. Some of them sing in
hip-hop or rap style, others sing in a very romantic way reminding of the 1960’s
psychedelic era.

The most remarkable track on the album is ‘Electric Levantine’,
a dance/electronica song with great ‘zurna sound’ played on Murat’s
microtuned synthesizers. Could be a dancefloor hit if discovered by someone in
the related part of the music industry. Very impressive…

The album opens with Play for Love, an exquisite mixture of
traditional chants with contemporary singers accompanied by saz and
synthesizers.

Following tracks Raw Deal, Strange Fields both
represent a healthy blend of ‘East Meets West Sound’, possibly one of the
best these days.

Another impressive track, one of my favs on the album, is the closing track:
Groove Anatolia, Anatolian saz groove in the background,
enriched and blended with synth melodies leading to Murat’s hallmark organ solos
as heavy as back in the 1970s.

Another great album, showing that high accessibility can be possible even by
using high complex material if incorporated in a smart, innovative context;
something that might satisfy a broad range of music lovers.

Artwork and liner notes by ÖpBe as in the previous albums.

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Murat Ses sixth solo album Electric Levatine released in the USA

New York (USA) – Murat Ses’ sixth solo album Electric Levantine has been released by Clou Records (Florida-USA) and will be distributed by several companies including the New York label PWMN (PeaceWorkMusicNetwork). As the name reveals, all 7 tracks of the album come up with his legendary fusion styles (known as Anadolu Pop in the 70s and still en vogue in Turkey and Electric Levantine of the 90s).

All artwork/liner notes are created by ÖpBe who has been designing all six solo albums by Murat Ses.Following to his two latest albums (Automaton² – San Francisco Miami Impressions and (Binfen 2005 Remix), one of his tracks (Ihlara Valley fm Automaton²) found its way into one of the most prestigious samplers Asian Garden Vol.2 with greats of the genre like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan et al with a special note. Another track (Binfen 2)
from the album Binfen 2005 remix will appear on Made in Turkey vol.2 in
March 2006. Both Clubstar (Germany) compilations by renowned radio
personality and Djane Gülbahar Kültür.

The music on Electric Levantine has been composed during his stays
in New York(USA), and Bodrum (Turkey), enriched by Murat’s microtonal
synthesizer performances and some additional vocal trax by friends.

More information at Murat Ses official website, PWMN, and Clou Records

Links:

(http://www.muratses.com)
(http://www.clourecords.com)

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AUTOMATON² by Murat Ses

Murat Ses

Automaton² [Automaton Square, San Francisco Miami Impressions] (Clou Records Clou-005, Peacework Music, 2005)

With Automaton², his newest album, Murat goes on telling musical stories of his

impressions what he dubs as ‘the timeless and boundless context of civilization’ since early 90s.

This fourth solo album of Murat Ses comes up with new electronic, dance, ambient world

songs which also have the hallmark of his legendary fusion style known as Anadolu

Pop (Grand Prix du Disque in Paris, France, back then in early 70s) and

Electric Levantine (a more refined form of Anadolu Pop from 90s thru today). The

album has great cover artwork byÖpBe, who also redesigned the artwork of

Murat’s former albums released by Clou Records.

All tracks were composed during and following Murat’s stays in the U.S.A, predominantly

in California and Florida. Some of the tracks have cross-over elements of Turkish,

Japanese and Native American percussion styles in a new approach.

One of my favorite tracks Eau Gallie was composed when Murat was in Melbourne,

Central Florida, during the hurricane ‘Michelle’; impressions of the beautiful Eau Gallie

river, where once Seminole warriors and hunters paddled by. Another example, Polk

Street displays aural impressions of the artist after his stay in one of his

favorite cities in the world next to Istanbul (San Francisco). Street sounds, cable car

and other hallmarks of the beautiful city that has certain similarities to Istanbul,

Murat’s environment where he grew up. Multicultural musical influences stressing Chinese

and other cultures as one walks thru Polk Street from South to North…

As for Miami impressions, Valle Marineris 2 has street noises and other typical

sounds of Miami, Indian Creek has Seminole and additional Istanbul sounds of the

1910’s and 20’s. According to CD’s booklet, this track was composed after a nice day

around Indian Creek in Miami.

Pagangora, Yoruk, Hattushili and Great Weekend are other

brilliant crossovers of Turkish and Native American music traditions.

Most important, musically thread, Murat tries to stress is, the historical migrations

from Central Asia over the Behring Strait and strong cultural affinities (such as

linguistic, shamanic, musical) between Turkic and Native American cultures as a result

of this long historical journey. Native American influences, all flowing into Murat’s

unique Turkic traditions with a great finesse, make his sound unique. Melodies,

percussion, human voice in Native American and Turkic traditions as well as Inuit and

Anatolian nomadic music traditions make ‘the sound’.

Regarding civilization and culture, Murat’s point of view is a very special one, looking

at and beyond the contemporary issues in a way that’s neither orientalistic nor

occidentalistic. In this approach, there would be no ‘clash of cultures’, since

we all are ‘one and same thing’. Maybe we are conceiving the whole ‘one’ matter from different
perspectives and we believe that we are seeing and experiencing

differing matters as it is in the newest explanations of the so-called ‘String

Theory’.

What listeners of Murat’s music would most likely agree with me is, his keeping of the

‘human touch’ although using synthesizers and other electronic sounds. This

possibly comes from his predominantly ‘live’ playing on his micro-tuned synths

during recording sessions, from the vibrant vitality of his field recordings and last

but not least from the way he handles all this material. A great album to experience !

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