Musicking in Istanbul

Istanbul Makamı / Istanbul notes. A humble documentary on foreign musicians who found Istanbul familiar, 2016. Watched it in May 2016, in a famous campus of a university/conservatory in Istanbul. Next to us at the screening was a graduation or wedding celebration (not so famous), which made real noise. See the documentary’s trailer here:


sonic past

Anthropology of senses and history of space merge to speak of silence as a means of mass communication. A first note on the subject, to be continued. Via listening to the sonic past of Ottoman city by Nina Ergin:

Silence is kind of intercultural. Everybody understands if you can silence someone, you have power over them.

mental fireworks

How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins / Sharon Colman Graham. 2014. via TED-ED. #Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.