Eleven Short Stories
Turkish composer Erdem Helvacioglu embarks on a fascinating project with this recording. He writes in the liner notes, “Eleven Short Stories
is inspired by the works of film directors Kim Ki-Duk, David Lynch,
Krzystof Kielowski, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Jan Campion, Anthony
Minthella, Ang Lee, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro Gonzales
Inarritu and Steven Soderbergh.”
Using a prepared piano, Helvacioglu conjures up sonic impressions of
various types of movies – as they might be interpreted by these
directors. That’s not to say that Helvacioglu’s arranging soundtrack
themes. Rather, he creates soundscapes that convey the emotions he’s
And there’s not a one-to-one correspondence between a certain director
and an individual track. Part of the listener’s task is to listen to
make sense of the sounds not only in terms of the stories they’re
telling, but also what director’s style (or styles) it might be told in.
Helvacioglu’s tonal palette is wide-open, and imaginative. Some of the
sound are distinctively pianistic, while others seem otherworldly.
Throughout it all, though, there’s a clear underlying structure that
gives each story its own internal logic.
Eleven Short Stories is an engaging release for anyone interested
in the sound of the new – and the more you’re familiar with the
directors that inspired these works, the deeper your appreciation of