"Sub City 2064" album was Editor’s Top Three CDs in Guitar Player magazine’s september issue of 2010.

Reviews

Ragazzi Magazine May 2009
Adverse Effect Magazine July 2009
Regen Magazine December 2009
Enola Magazine September 2009
vital weekly 675 april 2009
ERDEM HELVACIOGLU - WOUNDED BREATH (CDR by Aucourant Records) Off hand I couldn’t say how often we discussed music from Turkey, but I bet it hasn’t been more than five times. Erdem Helvacioglu is from that country, but his music seems to be devoid of any ethnical undercurrents, which of course is a fine thing - I never tell this when discussing something from France, USA or The Netherlands either, to mention a few. I am not sure if there is a strong tradition for serious electronic music in Turkey (obviously we do know Mimaruglu), but it surely stands in a wider tradition...Read more
Distorsom Magazine December 2008
wire june 2009
soundsect february 2009
The latest release from this Turkish Electroacoustic artist is a journey through various frightening and amazing soundscapes. Erdem Helvacioglu manages to place the listener exactly where he wants to in his auditory world, where you just let go and let him guide you on this trip. The album opener, “Below the Cold Ocean” drops you off as part of a diving team in some cold and remote part of the world scarcely seen by human eyes. The ancient glaciers cracking and shifting, the sounds of your gear. The wildlife distant and cautious. Erdem perfectly captures the aural sense of...Read more
psychefolk january 2009
Helvacioglu makes new music from improvised semi-acoustic laptop music using dynamic actions of rich clustered sounds. These sounds could be sampled sound recalling earthly sounds that you can feel or still sense its origin, from water, strings, plastic, bowls, sacks or stone, which receive a different shape in space, moving quickly like in tubes or tunnels, or as if moved by rapid wind turmoil, black holes, leaving energetic tentacles. Especially “Lead crystal marbles” shows its origin of sounds (marbles falling onto a table and metal), which is speeded up, slowed down...Read more
microbionic feb 2009 - thomas bailey
After a near eternity of absence, it looks like it’s about time to dust off this blog again and make some more entries. If, for no other reason, because the book which this blog relates to could –if all goes well- be available for pre-order as early as next week. I’ll be sure to update all who are interested, if that turns out to be the case. In the meantime, I’ve recently received a new CD, Wounded Breath, from Turkish electro-acoustic composer Erdem Helvacioglu. Erdem has worked with my own collaborator and friend Ishigami Kazuya, and many more besides- some of the more...Read more
Terrascope Magazine July 2009
babysue february 2009
Erdem Helvacioglu - Wounded Breath (CD-R, Aucourant, Atmospheric/instrumental) Experimental sound from Turkey's Erdem Helvacioglu (try to spell that one three times fast...). To listen to this, one would never suspect that this fellow composes a lot of music for commercial entities (films and dance and theatre companies). Our guess is that on his own releases Erdem is probably freer to let his creative juices take him wherever they may. Wounded Breath is a peculiar spin. The album consists of five lengthy compositions with a combined length of just over an hour. The cuts...Read more
blog critics february 2009
Erdem Helvacioglu - Wounded Breath Published February 06, 2009 When you are as used to the structure imposed on music by the demands of style and the market place, it leaves us woefully unprepared for listening to and appreciating the work of contemporary composers in the field of electronic music. Even those of us familiar with orchestral music or avant-garde jazz are ill-prepared for the demands of the genre. For even within the apparent anarchy of the wildest jazz there are still sounds which we can identify. No matter how far afield the music might drift from any...Read more
connexion bizarre march 2009
It is not often that music from eastern Europe gets an open ear in western society. So, to see a Turkish artist being released on an American label means it is some good stuff. And the knowledge of the CD being send to Portugal after which it is being reviewed by someone from Holland... It can be seen as the proof that music really doesn't have boundaries. And because of the absence of words it definitely goes for "Wounded Breath" by Erdem Helvacioglu. Five tracks cover over an hour of musique concrète with a quality that is quite rare. The fact that the pieces "Blank...Read more
furthernoise april 2009
Wounded Breadth is another immersive sonic experience from one of Turkey's more esteemed sonic sculptors, Erdem Helvacioglu. Where his previous work sounded like heaven's ire, with its processed guitar and a veritable menagerie of blunt yet beautiful electronic textures and harmonies whipping the air in intensely focused strands of sonic dalliance, Wounded Breadth is a strictly electro-acoustic album of a more aggressive, conceptual bent. The work has less to do with a clear arc, or, for that matter, a beginning, middle, or end - instead, it's largely characterized by...Read more
leap in the dark
Music Review Erdem Helvacioglu Wounded Breath When you are as used to the structure imposed on music by the demands of style and the market place as we are it leaves us woefully unprepared for listening to and appreciating the work of contemporary composers in the field of electronic music. Even those of us familiar with orchestral music or avant-garde jazz are ill prepared for the demands of the genre. For even within the apparent anarchy of the wildest jazz there are still sounds which we can identify. No matter how far afield the music might drift from any rhythmic...Read more
morpheus music march 2009
STYLE Five electro acoustic environments. Wounded Breath delivers a rich montaging of lo-fi creaks, aural fractures, dull rumbles, crackling textures and semi percussive tones - many sounding as is they have been painstakingly collected rather than created. These 'natural' fragments are carefully built up into environmental structures underpinned by delicate synthetic drones and enhanced by deft digital processing. This method of arrangement means that the foreground sounds are largely atonal, whilst the subtle drones that hang in the background move in and out of...Read more
Sound of Music Magazine May 2009
textura march 2009
Erdem Helvacioglu: Wounded Breath Aucourant Records VA: Spectra: Guitar in the 21st Century Quiet Design Records While 2007's Erdem Helvacioglu's Altered Realities marries acoustic guitar playing and live electronics in distinguished manner, Wounded Breath at least appears to dispense with the former altogether in its focus on electro-acoustic sound sculpting. Having said that, it's entirely possible that the Turkey-based composer created the material by filtering his acoustic guitar playing through a series of processors and programs, but, even so, nothing remotely...Read more

Interviews

Audiomulch 2008
Interview with Erdem Helvacioglu By Katharine Neil Turkish musician and composer Erdem Helvacioglu has an international reputation for his electroacoustic music, and is perhaps most well known for the way he combines solo guitar with live electronics. As well as releasing critically acclaimed albums, Erdem composes for film and theatre, and has been part of the lineup of Turkish punk band Rashit. Erdem is a long time user of AudioMulch, and we were keen to learn more about how he uses it. - How does AudioMulch fit into your sound design and production process? Erdem: I can...Read more