israel demir

originally released on the smithsonian folkways label before disappearing into obscurity, this compilation of israel demir’s early electronic and soundtrack work has long been believed to be a thing of fiction.

originally from istanbul turkey, demir moved to cyprus in his late teens  to do an apprenticeship with the cyprus broadcast corporation rik trito programma. it was here that he began combining traditional instrumentation, field recordings, modular synthesizers and tape manipulation to create radio links and jingles between programmes.

in 1961, demir immigrated to russia where he worked at mosfilm, first as a sound designer and foley artist then later as a music composer. it’s rumored that during most of his career, he was considered one of the greatest foley artists in the western world.

demir later moved back to turkey and briefly taught music theory before retiring to the south western city of antalya (close to the cyprus boarder) before dying of natural causes in 1974.

this compilation collects most of demir’s home recordings and electronic ad music from his years at rik, together with the library and soundtrack work he developed whilst working at mosfilm showcasing his unorthodox fusion of folk instrumentation with electronic music together with an intricate ability for editing and bespoke rhythm treatment.