This album includes pieces by living artists who create innovative music for guitar as an acoustic, electric and meta-instrument. Some of the artists included are: Keith Rowe, Tetuzi Akiyama, Mike Vernusky and Erdem Helvacioglu.
The album includes Erdem Helvacioglu’s piece “The End Of The World”.
Erdem Helvacioglu : Acoustic guitar and live electronics
Erdem Helvacioglu's composition "The End Of The World" is the album's most successful piece. This composition demonstrates not only the physical but the unique emotional properties of the instrument. Helvacioglu engages not only with technology (although it should be noted that his music is created in real time, with live electronics and effects replacing extensive post-preduction) but also with the guitar's former role as the engine of popular music.
Joe Stannard, The Wire magazine, May 2009
Erdem Helvacioglu contributes the standout track of the compilation, both in the variety of its technical manipulation, experimentation, electronic elements without losing sight of the tradition of the instrument and his cultural location. It has the play of such a wide, full and glistening palate that it is both difficult listening and open simultaneously
Cyclic Defrost magazine, April 2009
Helvacioglu's ruminative “The End of the World,” arguably the recording's most elaborate piece (and, at eleven minutes, the longest), opens in placid mode with layers of guitar melodies flowing in glissandi-like manner and then morphing into an oceanic mass. Electric figures advance out of the shimmering whole and then are just as quickly subsumed backed into it.
Textura magazine, March 2009