Korhan Erel is a Turkish computer musician, improviser and sound designer currently based in Berlin. As a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, he is a key player in Istanbul’s vibrant experimental music culture. His process of instrument design is based on live manipulations of field recordings, found sounds and electronic sounds using wireless controllers, resulting in instruments that create space around them for collaborators to participate. Korhan seeks new ways of integrating the computer as a conventional instrument in free improvisation and new music ensembles through his instrument Omnibus.
Among his collaborators are: Le Quan Ninh, Michel Doneda, Richard Nunns, Tolga Tüzün, David Rothenberg, Karlheinz Essl, Robert van Heumen, Kirstie Simpson, Wilbert de Joode, Wolter Wierbos, etc.
Korhan’s passion and inspiration lies in creating sonic patterns, textures for visual work. Korhan’s sound design for theater, video and dance has been featured in festivals in Istanbul and Europe. He designed sound for three theater pieces and has ongoing collaborations with Vienna-based video artist Alexandra Reill and London-based Turkish visual artist Burcu Yağcıoğlu.
Released five albums. Performed in Austria, Holland, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom. Mexico.