"Eleven Short Stories" album has been included in the "BEST ALBUMS OF 2012" list by KONTRA PLAK, the coolest record shop in Istanbul.

Reviews

cyclic defrost april 2009
While grandiose the title of this discrete compilation, in that it marks an area of guitar and sound endeavor at a specific time period assuming an overarching view of the global scene of guitar craftsmen, the claim remains to a degree true. There is also a truth in saying that a certain amount of positioning of what constitutes the frontier of sound in any given time period is an arena of contest and the claim is really to be taken as an assertion. After all the founders of Quiet Design, Cory Allen and Mike Vernusky who curate this compilation are represented and all...Read more
wire magazine may 2009
guitar player april 2009
Web Exclusive! CD Review: Spectra-Guitar in the 21st Century Quietdesign Records is an Austin-based label that releases beautifully packaged, audiophile recordings of contemporary artists working far beyond the constraints of the commercial music market. Spectra Spectra-Guitar in the 21st Century comprises experimental works by Tetuzi Akiyama (Tokyo), Sebastien Roux (Paris), Kim Myhr (Oslo), Duane Pitre (New York), Cory Allen (Austin), Erdem Helvacioglu (Istanbul), Keith Rowe, Jandek, and label president Mike Vernusky. Although the album opens with solo acoustic guitar (...Read more
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

Textura Magazine September 2009
SIX-STRING ALCHEMISTS: AREA C / ERDEM HELVACIOGLU / CRAIG MCELHINNEY / PILLOWDIVER / SLEEPING ME / TALVIHORROS That textura loves guitarists should come as no surprise to anyone; textura's premiere release, for example, features the work of no less than four different guitarists (orchestramaxfieldparrish, Alexander Turnquist, The Retail Sectors, and Ryan Francesconi), each of whom brings his unique interpretative skills to bear upon Coleridge's Kubla Khan. Having also in recent times received a number of newly-issued recordings by other experimental guitarists, we thought...Read more