Anıl Çamcı: Dekagon
(June 24, 2022 / Innova Recordings)
Dekagon is ten works, the result of ten years of electronic experimentation from Anıl Çamcı. Each piece uses a different synthesis tool or technique, including classic tech as well as bespoke designs.
The sounds range from machine language blips to shimmering waves to delightfully kinetic threads of bubbly motion. Forty performances with a Eurorack modular synthesizer, over a two-year period, went into creating the piece titled A Now Unknown.
Yonder in Bedlam was composed using a Moog synthesizer. The piece is (perhaps ironically) space-edged and futuristic. The sounds are electronic, but the music often takes organic shapes, and has orchestral underpinnings.
There is both drama and humour to be found among the blips and white noise. Temas, using live improvisations with a stochastic synthesizer Çamcı designed himself, has an alien kind of tone, machine-like in mood. Birdfish, in contrast, could be featured on the soundtrack to a space opera.
Dekalog is features in Çamcı’s book “The Cognitive Continuum of Electronic Music,” which was published by Bloomsbury in 2022 as part of their Music and Sound Studies series.
Composer, multimedia artist, and professor of Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan, Anıl Çamcı's work has been featured at international symposia, including the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression.