Mimaroglu, Ilhan / Agitation
Album: Agitation   Collection:General
Artist:Mimaroglu, Ilhan   Added:Jan 2005
Label:Locust Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-01-30 Pull Date: 2005-04-03 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Mar 27 Mar 6 Feb 27 Feb 20 Feb 13 Feb 6
Airplays: 1 2 1 2 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 07, 2009: Emphysema For Emphasis - Look for the lord edition
Tract: Part I
4. Aug 01, 2006: Radio of Imagination
To Kill a Sunrise
2. Jun 13, 2007: Baptism of Solitude (extended mix)
To Kill a Sunrise
5. Mar 09, 2006: Baptism of Solitude
Tract: Part I
3. Aug 10, 2006: Cognitive Overload
Tract: Part I
6. Feb 06, 2006: Stirling's Approximation
Tract: Part I

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-01-31
The first time I heard the first two pieces on this disc back in the late 80s it changed my perspective on music. To this day, I’m still floored by the undertaking and result. This is a combination of early tape sample art (looped Exxon adds and adds for 8-track tapes) with reading of texts by Brecht, Jean-Baptiste Clément, Mao, Marx, and the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet with some sung and some spoken like a play or musical. All over either tape noises or the slightly psych sounds of a band called “Topsy Turvy Moon”. It’s very political on many levels. There is singing/speaking in at least three languages if not more. Mimaroglue is a Turkish producer who even produced Coltrane and Mingus. Most of these pieces were done in the 70s.
**1. Everything you could imagine combined in a political sample art piece that includes improvisation, radio adds, noise, readings and the overall story of a woman gaining revolutionary consciousness. I think this is one of the best pieces of music every made. 2. Part
**2 of “Tract”. This track starts very different. Pop psych with tape noises and a woman singing flamboyantly “you gotta pay the piper”. This eventually changes to quiet sounds and a woman reading.
**3. Political readings and poems from revolutionaries. The opening text is from Marco Antonio Flores. This piece is more dynamic in that it has more very quiet parts. The sounds and music are more early computer music sounding. This piece has a darker and sadder feel and from what I can make of it has something to do with Che Guevara’s death.
4. Much more classical sounding but somewhere between improvised chamber music and electro acoustic music. The music is not samples. The piano, harpsichord, violin, and cello are being played. There are no vocals which is very unlike his other pieces. This piece is also one of his early pieces. He made this in the late 60s.
Amazing stuff!!!! -mph

Track Listing
1. Tract: Part I   3. To Kill a Sunrise
2. Tract: Part Ii   4. La Ruche: An Elegy for Elect