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  1. Between Continents 12"

    Locations: Faith Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Emirgan Pier (underwater), Kanlica Pier, Tunnel close by Beylerbeyi

  2. Over and Under 12"

    Locations: Bebek Shore, Bebek Shore (underwater), Galata Bridge (underwater), Kanlica Pier, Sariyer Shore

  3. Where are you from 12"

    Locations: Spice Bazar, Galata Bridge, Eminönü, Üsküdar Pier, Beylerbeyi

  4. Chance Encounters 12"

    Locations: Fatih Mosque, Marmaray metro, Taksim metro station, tram on Istiklal Caddesi, ferry from Eminönü to Üsküdar, Ortakoy Mosque

  5. Soundscape Istanbul I’ 7"

    Vocal Lubaina Himid and Ekin Sanac

  6. Soundscape Istanbul II’ 7"

    Vocal Ekin Sanac


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East [hyphen] West maps the shifting sonic and visual landscape of Istanbul at a specific point in time, exploring the cultural complexities of a city where the boundaries of 'West' and 'East' are reflected in its sights and soundscape. Revealing the city from an intimate viewpoint, audiovisual content is captured by the artist via microphones and a camera attached to her body as she moves through an unfamiliar city. Field recordings combine a macro aural and visual cityscape with micro, sub-aqua sounds and images taken from beneath the Bosporus.

East [hyphen] West, Sound Impressions of Istanbul, it is a double limited edition vinyl recording with artist’s book, introduced and edited by Dr Mat Gregory. The reader is invited to share personal reflections on Istanbul by writers, Barkin Engin, Aylin Unal and Selcuk Artut, translated by Tuna Pase and Behzat Dirker. The folio book of interwoven leaves, threaded with images of the Bosporus, conceals fragments of re-told city soundscapes from the notebooks of musician Ekin Sanac and artist Lubaina Himid who responded to the evocative field recordings with text and voice, creating a new narrative layer.

A rapidly growing city, Istanbul is continually evolving new connections between the two continents on which it sits. The Marmaray underground rail link opened in October 2013 and a third Bridge, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is scheduled for imminent completion. For better or worse, trade connections continue to develop across the Bosporus Straight but it is the Sea itself which is the vital connection between two sides of this bifurcated city.


Please use the phone shaped contact form above if you would like to more information on this limited edition publication of which only 250 have been produced. The publication includes: heavyweight 12 inch vinyl, 7inch vinyl and book publication (cover signed and numbered by the artist) You can also purchase for £30 here:

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