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Turkish Rock

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 11:29 am
by Perry

Re: Turkish Rock

PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:52 am
by Perry
I don't know if anybody cares about this obscure thread in an obscure section of an obscure web site, but I found some more gems on YouTube.

These are easy on western ears and probably could have been hits in the U.S. if it weren't for the language difference and use of a few non-western instruments:

A song about hiking through life:

Political songs: (Turkish tuning)

A relatively well-known classic of Turkish rock:

A sad dark metal song with cryptic lyrics that even the Turkish don't understand:

A raw and real video of traditional music with very little editing or production:

Re: Turkish Rock

PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:30 pm
by drndr
Like those clips. Especially the old man playing by himself. There's so much good and interesting music out in the world that most will never get a chance to hear. We're beaten over the head with the same ol' crap. I dont even like the music anymore that I listened to in my formative years. I am lucky enough to have a pretty good college radio station near me that years ago woke me up to the great sounds that come from other parts of the world.

Re: Turkish Rock

PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:49 pm
by Perry
That makes at least 2 of us on here that like this music. I actually first heard Altin Gün on KCRW, a public radio station here in Southern California. And I also don't listen to the music that I used to listen to in my teens and early twenties.

Found some other good ones. I've had to listen to a lot of songs that I've been less thrilled about to find these ones that I think are really good.

Modern electronic music that sampled a song from the 70's:

I like the original song better. There's more going on with the saz. The end before it fades out is really nice.

A lot of electric saz/bağlama with fuzz:
The timbre is a little too buzzy in a few moments I think but still amazing overall.

Electronic rework of same song:
It's hard not to laugh while listening to that.

Wah effect:

Psychedelic rock with strings and brass:

A little too pop-ish for me, but still a fun song:

A beautiful folk song:

Re: Turkish Rock

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:53 am
by zippetydude
Perry, thanks for the wonderful links. Dan, I totally agree with you. I would love to be camped next to the old guy and spend the day with him. For what it's worth, here's a link to a street performer recorded by a guy (Marten) who traveled around Europe recording the best people he found performing on the street: ... C_Helsinki)_Original

I'm trying to learn the song, so that's a "Listen on Repeat" link. If you look on you tube for "sounds like van spirit" you can find other wonderful songs. A couple of my favorites, Yellow Moon and Wings to Fly...but Marten has good taste, they are all high quality. LMK what you think, and post any other musical links you like so I can find new artists! What a cool thread!


Re: Turkish Rock

PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:01 pm
by Perry
Should we let this thread drift into the more general topic of world music?

Here's a band from Mali and Algeria:

Not a huge departure from Turkish rock, I know. I was trying to find Afro-pop that I liked because I remembered hearing some good stuff on KCRW in the past few years, but the search results were way too fake, so I typed in "African rock" and found this. The band has quite a history and is now facing racism and threats in their upcoming U.S. tour. ... f-u-s-tour

Re: Turkish Rock

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:09 pm
by drndr

Cheb I Sabbah is what turned me on to World Music and some of the north african beats and blues that come out of there. Probably listening to local college radio in the 90's because you certainly wouldn't hear this anywhere else. At least not where I was hanging out.

I'll have to look through some old cd's and find the turkish musician i was listening to occasionally. I remember the cover had some Whirling Dervish theme on it. I feel like a mix of electronic and traditional