bi'bakaudio #06

MAKE ME SOUND ELECTRIC! The Electrification of Turkish Folk Music

Thursday, 22.06.2017, at 8pm

In 1965, Bob Dylan became the center of the so-called “Electric Dylan Controversy” when he was accused of having betrayed folk music and its political ideas by having electrified his music. In the same year, the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet started the “Golden Microphone”, a very popular song competition. The core task was to re-arrange and perform a Turkish folk song in a Western style. In this case, westernization mainly meant the electrification of traditional instruments or the use of the new electric or electronic instruments of pop music. This led to the development of a new Turkish style of music called Anatolian Rock, which combines country, city, folk and rock in a very specific way.

That evening was about the coming together of rural folk songs and urban electricity. And there was never mention of betrayal, on the contrary, this combination finally allowed for Atatürk’s program of East-West music to be realized with some audience appeal and for politics of electrification to take a new form while re-defining folk music in a completely new way.

With Cornelia and Holger Lund, Curator: Dr. Eckehard Pistrick

Cornelia Lund is an art and media scientist, as well as curator. In 2011 and 2012 she held a substitute professorship for Art, Aesthetics, and Media at FH Düsseldorf and is currently working on a research project led by the German Research Society DFG at Hamburg University. Additionally, Cornelia Lund teaches design theory at HAW Hamburg. She is co-editor of Post-digital Culture (2015) and The Audiovisual Breakthrough (2015).

Holger Lund is an art and design scientist as well as curator and DJ. From 2008-2011 he held a substitute professorship for theories of design (Hochschule Pforzheim) and since 2011 he is working as professor for media design at DHBW Ravensburg. He runs the vinyl label Global Pop First Wave.

Together, Cornelia and Holger Lund are running the non-profit and independent media art platform Fluctuating Images e.V. (Berlin). They published Audio.Visual – On Visual Music and Related Media (Arnoldsche, Stuttgart 2009) and Design der Zukunft (av edition, Stuttgart 2014).

Im Auftrag des QM Soldiner Strasse gefördert durch die Bundesrepublik Deutschland und das Land Berlin im Rahmen der Zukunftsinitiative Stadtteil, Programm Soziale Stadt.