Flow / 2012
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Flow / 2012 
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On a Mood Swing / 2012  About “On a Mood Swing” On a Tuesday night, I was waiting in the renowned line at Berghain by myself for Max Richter concert. I knew I had to wait at least an hour, so I put my headphones on and started listening to Philip Bader’s Wishful Thinking album. There was a great track that prompted me to pay attention to its name, then another and another… While these names were floating around in my mind they formed this poetic sentence. “When the drunken clown comes around wishful thinking shine on us.” How do electronic music tracks get their names? Mostly, there are no lyrics. They are abstract in a way, but not called “untitled” as many abstract paintings. How do words correspond to rhythmic sounds? Are the titles derived from the mood of the producer, the mood of the track or the mood of its context? Is it possible to get an idea about the context by blending these titles together? In his book Berlin Sampler - From Cabaret to Techno, Theo Lessor righteously notes, “Berlin became the nervous centre of the entire electronic music industry.”   On a Mood Swing is a work that is influenced by electronic dance music echoing in the city of Berlin. The work is comprised of three parts, a book, a text and an audio piece. The book contains 1488 track names by 88 electronic music producers who are currently based in Berlin accompanied by a list of those artist’s names. Pages of the book are cut into stripes. On each stripe, a track name and a sign indicating the name of the producer is written. It’s a book of numerous short poetic text generator.     The text is made up of 276 track names written in the book and it is spread in a spiral form around the book that is laying open on the surface hung from the ceiling. This poetic text comments on a particular culture bubbling in Berlin that was once underground, and that is evolved with the generous nourishment of infinitely continuous music. It involves nightlife, moods and atmosphere and vaguely, a sense of the Berlin vibe. The audio piece has a DJ set structure. Only, it is produced according to the text, not to the musical harmony of tracks with one another. This 2 hour long piece is mixed and arranged with small bits of those 276 tracks, in the same order of their titles that formed the text. Between the genres of Techno and House music, this mix of Berlin sounds is playing in the loop simultaneously from four headphones, which are attached to an mp3 player hidden under the surface. Ilgın Seymen October 2012 “On a Mood Swing” hakkında Bir salı akşamı, Max Richter konseri için gittiğim Berghain’ın meşhur kuyruğunda yalnız başıma beklemeye koyuldum. Sırada en az bir saat bekleyeceğimi bildiğim için kulaklığımı takıp Philip Bader’in Wishful Thinking albümünü dinlemeye başladım. Kafam rahat! Çok beğendiğim bir parça beni ismine bakmaya itti. Devamında bir tane daha ve sonra bir tane daha… Bu parça isimleri aklımda dolanırken şu şiirsel cümleyi oluşturdular. “When the drunken clown comes around wishful thinking shine on us.”  (Sarhoş palyaço ortaya çıktığında iyi niyetli düşünceler üzerimizde parlar.) Çoğunlukla sözün olmadığı ve türler arasında soyut kalan elektronik müzik parçaları neye göre isimlendirilir? Soyut resimdeki gibi, parçalar “isimsiz” değillerdir. Tekrar eden ritimler ve melodilerden oluşan elektronik ses gruplarının dildeki karşılığı nasıl oluşur? İsimlerin kaynağı yapımcıların, parçaların, çalındıkları mekanların, dinleyenlerin ve dinlendikleri atmosferlerin ruh hallerinden yola çıkıp,  bu durumlar üzerine ifadeler oluşturuyor olabilirler mi? Bu sözcükleri harmanlayarak köken ve yapıyla ilgili bir kanıya varıbilir mi? Berlin Sampler - From Cabaret to Techno adlı kitabında, Theo Lassor haklı olarak Berlin’in, bütün elektronik müzik endüstrisinin sinir merkezi haline geldiğini belirtiyor.  On a Mood Swing, yaşadığımız zaman diliminde Berlin’de yankılanan elektronik dans müziğiden esinlenerek kitap, metin ve ses olmak üzere üç parçadan oluşur. Kitap sadece Berlin’de yaşayan 88 sanatçıya ait 1488 elektronik müzik parçasının isimlerini ve bu sanatçıların isimlerinin listesini içerir. Parça isimleri, yanında ait olduğu sanatçının ismini belirten işaret ile birlikte alt alta yazılmış, sayfalar ise her birinde bir satır olmak üzere şeritlere kesilmiştir. Sınırsız sayıda şiirsel kısa metin üretme özelliğine sahip bir kitaptır bu. Metin, kitap içinde bulunan 276 parça isminden meydana gelir ve bir asılı yüzey üzerinde duran kitabın çevresinde spiral şeklinde yayılır. Bu şiirsel metin, bir zamanlar “yeraltı”nda olan, yıllar içerisinde sonsuza akan müziklerin bonkörce beslemesiyle gelişen ve Berlin’de fokurdayan belirli bir kültürden bahseder. Gece hayatı, ruh halleri ve çevrenin atmosferini barındırır ve belli belirsiz  bir şekilde şehrin titreşimini sezdirir. İşin üçüncü parçasını oluşturan ses, kısmen “DJ set” yapısını taşır. Ancak bu set parçaların birbirine olan müzikal uyumuna değil ama hikayeye dayanarak düzenlenmiştir. Metni oluşturan isimlerin diziliş sırasını bire bir takip ederek, bu parçalardan alınan kısımlar ile kurgulanmıştır. Techno ve House türleri arasında gezinen müziklerden oluşan yaklaşık bir saatlik bu parça, yüzeyin altına gizli bir mp3 çalara bağlı dört kulaklıktan aynı anda çalar. Bittiğinde tekrar başlar. Ilgın Seymen Ekim 2012 On a Mood Swing - The Text *The text above is made up of titles of 276 electronic music tracks by producers currently based in Berlin. This text is written on pieces of paper spreading around the book.   *Reed the text in PDF format here:  http://ilginseymen.tumblr.com/post/37128110902/on-a-mood-swing-the-text On a Mood Swing - The Book *In the book, there are 1488 electronic music track names and the list of producers.  On a Mood Swing - The List  Below is the sign list of 88 electronic music producer currently based in Berlin.  Berlin EDM Map Below is a map I made during the research process that is showing the connections between Berlin based electronic dance music producers.  *See previous posts for high-resolution images here:  http://ilginseymen.tumblr.com/archive

On a Mood Swing / 2012 

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About “On a Mood Swing”

On a Tuesday night, I was waiting in the renowned line at Berghain by myself for Max Richter concert. I knew I had to wait at least an hour, so I put my headphones on and started listening to Philip Bader’s Wishful Thinking album. There was a great track that prompted me to pay attention to its name, then another and another… While these names were floating around in my mind they formed this poetic sentence.

“When the drunken clown comes around wishful thinking shine on us.”

How do electronic music tracks get their names? Mostly, there are no lyrics. They are abstract in a way, but not called “untitled” as many abstract paintings. How do words correspond to rhythmic sounds? Are the titles derived from the mood of the producer, the mood of the track or the mood of its context? Is it possible to get an idea about the context by blending these titles together?

In his book Berlin Sampler - From Cabaret to Techno, Theo Lessor righteously notes, “Berlin became the nervous centre of the entire electronic music industry.”  

On a Mood Swing is a work that is influenced by electronic dance music echoing in the city of Berlin. The work is comprised of three parts, a book, a text and an audio piece.

The book contains 1488 track names by 88 electronic music producers who are currently based in Berlin accompanied by a list of those artist’s names. Pages of the book are cut into stripes. On each stripe, a track name and a sign indicating the name of the producer is written. It’s a book of numerous short poetic text generator.    

The text is made up of 276 track names written in the book and it is spread in a spiral form around the book that is laying open on the surface hung from the ceiling. This poetic text comments on a particular culture bubbling in Berlin that was once underground, and that is evolved with the generous nourishment of infinitely continuous music. It involves nightlife, moods and atmosphere and vaguely, a sense of the Berlin vibe.

The audio piece has a DJ set structure. Only, it is produced according to the text, not to the musical harmony of tracks with one another. This 2 hour long piece is mixed and arranged with small bits of those 276 tracks, in the same order of their titles that formed the text. Between the genres of Techno and House music, this mix of Berlin sounds is playing in the loop simultaneously from four headphones, which are attached to an mp3 player hidden under the surface.

Ilgın Seymen

October 2012


“On a Mood Swing” hakkında

Bir salı akşamı, Max Richter konseri için gittiğim Berghain’ın meşhur kuyruğunda yalnız başıma beklemeye koyuldum. Sırada en az bir saat bekleyeceğimi bildiğim için kulaklığımı takıp Philip Bader’in Wishful Thinking albümünü dinlemeye başladım. Kafam rahat! Çok beğendiğim bir parça beni ismine bakmaya itti. Devamında bir tane daha ve sonra bir tane daha… Bu parça isimleri aklımda dolanırken şu şiirsel cümleyi oluşturdular.

When the drunken clown comes around wishful thinking shine on us.”  (Sarhoş palyaço ortaya çıktığında iyi niyetli düşünceler üzerimizde parlar.)

Çoğunlukla sözün olmadığı ve türler arasında soyut kalan elektronik müzik parçaları neye göre isimlendirilir? Soyut resimdeki gibi, parçalar “isimsiz” değillerdir. Tekrar eden ritimler ve melodilerden oluşan elektronik ses gruplarının dildeki karşılığı nasıl oluşur? İsimlerin kaynağı yapımcıların, parçaların, çalındıkları mekanların, dinleyenlerin ve dinlendikleri atmosferlerin ruh hallerinden yola çıkıp,  bu durumlar üzerine ifadeler oluşturuyor olabilirler mi? Bu sözcükleri harmanlayarak köken ve yapıyla ilgili bir kanıya varıbilir mi?

Berlin Sampler - From Cabaret to Techno adlı kitabında, Theo Lassor haklı olarak Berlin’in, bütün elektronik müzik endüstrisinin sinir merkezi haline geldiğini belirtiyor. 

On a Mood Swing, yaşadığımız zaman diliminde Berlin’de yankılanan elektronik dans müziğiden esinlenerek kitap, metin ve ses olmak üzere üç parçadan oluşur.

Kitap sadece Berlin’de yaşayan 88 sanatçıya ait 1488 elektronik müzik parçasının isimlerini ve bu sanatçıların isimlerinin listesini içerir. Parça isimleri, yanında ait olduğu sanatçının ismini belirten işaret ile birlikte alt alta yazılmış, sayfalar ise her birinde bir satır olmak üzere şeritlere kesilmiştir. Sınırsız sayıda şiirsel kısa metin üretme özelliğine sahip bir kitaptır bu.

Metin, kitap içinde bulunan 276 parça isminden meydana gelir ve bir asılı yüzey üzerinde duran kitabın çevresinde spiral şeklinde yayılır. Bu şiirsel metin, bir zamanlar “yeraltı”nda olan, yıllar içerisinde sonsuza akan müziklerin bonkörce beslemesiyle gelişen ve Berlin’de fokurdayan belirli bir kültürden bahseder. Gece hayatı, ruh halleri ve çevrenin atmosferini barındırır ve belli belirsiz  bir şekilde şehrin titreşimini sezdirir.

İşin üçüncü parçasını oluşturan ses, kısmen “DJ set” yapısını taşır. Ancak bu set parçaların birbirine olan müzikal uyumuna değil ama hikayeye dayanarak düzenlenmiştir. Metni oluşturan isimlerin diziliş sırasını bire bir takip ederek, bu parçalardan alınan kısımlar ile kurgulanmıştır. Techno ve House türleri arasında gezinen müziklerden oluşan yaklaşık bir saatlik bu parça, yüzeyin altına gizli bir mp3 çalara bağlı dört kulaklıktan aynı anda çalar. Bittiğinde tekrar başlar.

Ilgın Seymen

Ekim 2012


On a Mood Swing - The Text

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*The text above is made up of titles of 276 electronic music tracks by producers currently based in Berlin. This text is written on pieces of paper spreading around the book.  

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*Reed the text in PDF format here: 

http://ilginseymen.tumblr.com/post/37128110902/on-a-mood-swing-the-text


On a Mood Swing - The Book

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*In the book, there are 1488 electronic music track names and the list of producers. 


On a Mood Swing - The List 

Below is the sign list of 88 electronic music producer currently based in Berlin. 

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Berlin EDM Map

Below is a map I made during the research process that is showing the connections between Berlin based electronic dance music producers. 

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*See previous posts for high-resolution images here: 

http://ilginseymen.tumblr.com/archive

On a Mood Swing / 2012 
On a Mood Swing / 2012 
On a Mood Swing - The Book
On a Mood Swing - The Text - Wow, Berlin… Viscous eclectic people, mass confusion heroes, get restless. Lose their heads together, under control, in public. - Cityvibe echoes in a stream. Shades, shadows, forms & shapes zap 24 hours, day by day. No reality hidden from the mind flapping around in the city. Confronted body to body, sky diver, dreamcatcher, alpha hunter, satellite sniper, snake charmer, go high together. Wasting time, learning to fly.  - Au Au Au! Friday night falls. I’m counting too many gates, open inside hidden empire. Your choice, scale its distance to nowhere. Time to lose it, night to remember. - A night like this, between stranded sideways & avenues, smells like sweet manmade trash spaces, lonely construction desert, torn down concrete jungle. Shades of gray bear the splendour institute of shadow way too far. Out of sight, floating souls regenerate cold blooded joy & happiness. Changes of perception submerge, dry useless information inside soft synth dynamo. - Good idea! Lets do it! - Approach the calling smoothly. As it was the first rebirth, midnight magic redemption. Simple native rhythm electric sources something spooky, something physical. Turbo dreams fire up underneath lust barrier. Drift “the other side” temptation. Grip “one hit one night” seduction.  - I need a guide! The next king of clubs, groove me the right way. Shift my gravitation inside out. - OK. Stick to my side. In order to dance in white rooms, go loose. Relaxation is a skill. Work out; give a little slap to your soul. Keep your fancy free before one dream within a dream. - Crossing the borderline: multilayer perception breakdown. Manic moods, pressure points, fake emotions, pretentious friends. Berlin, being eaten on the train journey.  - All due to respect, you lost the big picture. Standby, check for pulse. - 3 minutes of epilepsia, dawning like that hypnotized shark. Don’t mention black hole moment, sometimes vertigo.      - Easy, frantic dreamer! Have some pain killer. You got to loop back in time soon. Rush! Back-flip the day after yesterday. Interrupt metric enigma signal. Defeat gravity. - Start up! Slap in the space. Seeing in the dark, tentacular chords of the past, binary blues, those grooves, soul sounds. Get back on it. - Are you still dreaming bubbles like enfants? Idiot! Love in the future faces secret edge trouble. Pink chocolate double talk, double checked choices. Investments lost in time. Wound up broken dreams, dark matter mistakes. - Deep end.  - Bad idea! - It is, isn’t it?  - Damm it! Katharsis impossible under, organic transplant, bohemian water falls.  - Don’t give up, talk about it. - Right on, movin’ in a backchat room. Not a good place. - I don’t know. Pretend looking good. This good life feels good. Ultimate fool, getting lost. Twelve to four, getting sleepy? Nasty silence moving free towards you, not even looking. What can you hope?  - Should we go home in a while? Wish friends piece of mind. Agents of time do not break counter point chain of memories. - Wishful thinking.  - On the 104th day, behind the stars, the sun, captivate kings in exile. Liquid sky, symphonic sunrise, shine on us divine heat waves. - Early glow escape to the earth. Lay in the shimmer for the time being. Round about daybreak, you start over a new error. Restart drawing circles. So easy to forget the end of the world. A bang in the void, blast like porcelain. Now you know the secret symphony for the apocalypse. Think about it. -Good times never give up on a mood swing.         

On a Mood Swing - The Text

- Wow, Berlin… Viscous eclectic people, mass confusion heroes, get restless. Lose their heads together, under control, in public.

- Cityvibe echoes in a stream. Shades, shadows, forms & shapes zap 24 hours, day by day. No reality hidden from the mind flapping around in the city. Confronted body to body, sky diver, dreamcatcher, alpha hunter, satellite sniper, snake charmer, go high together. Wasting time, learning to fly. 

- Au Au Au! Friday night falls. I’m counting too many gates, open inside hidden empire. Your choice, scale its distance to nowhere. Time to lose it, night to remember.

- A night like this, between stranded sideways & avenues, smells like sweet manmade trash spaces, lonely construction desert, torn down concrete jungle. Shades of gray bear the splendour institute of shadow way too far. Out of sight, floating souls regenerate cold blooded joy & happiness. Changes of perception submerge, dry useless information inside soft synth dynamo.

- Good idea! Lets do it!

- Approach the calling smoothly. As it was the first rebirth, midnight magic redemption. Simple native rhythm electric sources something spooky, something physical. Turbo dreams fire up underneath lust barrier. Drift “the other side” temptation. Grip “one hit one night” seduction. 

- I need a guide! The next king of clubs, groove me the right way. Shift my gravitation inside out.

- OK. Stick to my side. In order to dance in white rooms, go loose. Relaxation is a skill. Work out; give a little slap to your soul. Keep your fancy free before one dream within a dream.

- Crossing the borderline: multilayer perception breakdown. Manic moods, pressure points, fake emotions, pretentious friends. Berlin, being eaten on the train journey. 

- All due to respect, you lost the big picture. Standby, check for pulse.

- 3 minutes of epilepsia, dawning like that hypnotized shark. Don’t mention black hole moment, sometimes vertigo.     

- Easy, frantic dreamer! Have some pain killer. You got to loop back in time soon. Rush! Back-flip the day after yesterday. Interrupt metric enigma signal. Defeat gravity.

- Start up! Slap in the space. Seeing in the dark, tentacular chords of the past, binary blues, those grooves, soul sounds. Get back on it.

- Are you still dreaming bubbles like enfants? Idiot! Love in the future faces secret edge trouble. Pink chocolate double talk, double checked choices. Investments lost in time. Wound up broken dreams, dark matter mistakes.

- Deep end. 

- Bad idea!

- It is, isn’t it? 

- Damm it! Katharsis impossible under, organic transplant, bohemian water falls. 

- Don’t give up, talk about it.

- Right on, movin’ in a backchat room. Not a good place.

- I don’t know. Pretend looking good. This good life feels good. Ultimate fool, getting lost. Twelve to four, getting sleepy? Nasty silence moving free towards you, not even looking. What can you hope? 

- Should we go home in a while? Wish friends piece of mind. Agents of time do not break counter point chain of memories.

- Wishful thinking. 

- On the 104th day, behind the stars, the sun, captivate kings in exile. Liquid sky, symphonic sunrise, shine on us divine heat waves.

- Early glow escape to the earth. Lay in the shimmer for the time being. Round about daybreak, you start over a new error. Restart drawing circles. So easy to forget the end of the world. A bang in the void, blast like porcelain. Now you know the secret symphony for the apocalypse. Think about it.

-Good times never give up on a mood swing.         

On a Mood Swing - The List
Berlin EDM Map
Mnemonics / Re-Locate exhibition / 2011 / ILGIN SEYMEN
Mnemonics / Re-Locate exhibition / 2011 / ILGIN SEYMEN