ALL ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Vox Populi Field Works Vol.1 is an ethno-musical journey, the first of many planned travels from the Vox Populi Records crew. This eight day mission will take place in Istanbul, Turkey. Our goal is to produce a double LP compilation, featuring a selection of amazing music from a few of Istanbul’s talented local artists.
The first part of the record will be comprised of four electronic tracks from various Vox Populi artists, created using samples from the recording sessions.
The second will consist of authentic Turkish music. From three live recording sessions, the crew will sit together and edit the golden takes, producing four songs.
We will also be video-documenting our travels with hopes of explaining the ethnographic, cultural, and historical contexts of Istanbul's musical soundscape.
The footage taken will be a compilation of the live studio sessions, the daily lives of the crew, interviews with the recording artists as well as promoters, and of course the parties! At the end of it all we will release a short video clip.
The primary aim is to finish producing and publishing the vinyl and digital files in order to release it in the spring of 2015.
Vox Populi label founder Frédéric Scharf longed for a way to combine his two passions of music and anthropology into one. The project was inspired by his move back to Berlin, a contemporary multicultural metropolis, and home to the largest Turkish population outside of Turkey.
Thanks to its unique role as a cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey and more specifically, Istanbul, its largest city, has historically served as an epicenter for the development and fusion of a diverse range of musical styles.
Taking influence from Arabic, Byzantine, Greek, Ottoman, Persian, and Balkan cultures, and combining the result with more western European and American influences, contemporary Turkish music is imbued with a truly singular sound, effectively linking the previously distant styles of traditional and modern music.
Vox Populi Field Works Vol.1 is birthed with the intention of expanding the already rich sound of Turkish music by introducing more modern electronic elements.
Using samples taken from the recordings sessions and from field recordings of ambient noise, four Vox Populi artists will produce four different compositions that comprise the first part of the LP.
We shall embark on an anthropological journey through sound and wish for you to join us as we traverse the globe seeking authentic expressions of musical passion and celebration.
This would be a dream come true for us, but to make it happen we need your help! Please get involved in whichever way you can, if you can’t donate you can help support us to ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ our page. Every step brings us closer to our goal and your support will be greatly appreciated!
Who are the people behind the project?
Frederic Scharf | Anthropologist & Label Founder
Fred studied anthropology at the University Lumière Lyon 2 in France and finished his degree in University São Paulo in Brazil. His interests were always those of musical history and ethnomusicology. After creating his own music label, he started working on the ‘Vox Populi Field Works’ project.
Louis Béri | Sound Engineer
French sound engineer, Louis Béri, studied at the SAE Institute in Paris and will be helping us with the sound recording and field recordings.
Sasha Herr | Sound Assistant
Sasha will be assisting Louis in the sound recording and field recordings. He studied sound engineer at the SAE Institute in Paris, France.
Tim Defives | Artist & Sound Assistant
Frenchman Tim studied at Beaux-Arts Dijon in France and released tracks on Vox Populi Records imprint. He will be helping us with sound and managing the artists. His vast experience in music will be very useful in our project and his technical ability with music programs will be essential.
Stefano Forlini | Photographer & Video Assistant
Italian and French photographer, Stefano Forlini studied at the famous ESRA Paris and worked on a lot of movies sets and photography projects. He will be photographing our project and will be responsible for the prints you will get as a reward.
Albin Metthey | Editor & Post-production
After living in Israel, Congo, Germany and France, Albin Metthey studied video narrative at École de recherche graphique in Brussels, Belgium. His experience in video is a must to this project He will be helping us with video and sound in this project and will edit the takes in the post-production phase.
Romain Vicari | Artistic Director
Born in 1990 in Paris, Romain Vicari, moved with his family to São Paulo, Brazil when he was 6. In 2009, he moved back to France and started studying at the Beaux Arts Dijon then at the prestigious Beaux Arts Paris. Since his move back to France, his work focus on the construction language and he follows an observation of colours, shapes and noises of the urban landscape. He will work on all the aesthetics of this project.
You can see more Romain work here: http://www.romainvicari.com
- Photographs will be taken by Stefano Forlini and printed on fine quality paper.
- Postcards will be written by the crew.
- Souvenirs will be bought in Istanbul.
- Vinyl will be the final work of this project.
- Limited Silver & Gold editions will have exclusive bonus tracks.