Binary Noise

Dervis Can Vural, Assistant Professor. Physics Department, University of Notre Dame. Email:, Tel: 617-401-5659, Room: 384g

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Welcome to Derviş Can Vural's music website. My compositions are experiments in counterpoint, distortion and noise, microtonality, electroacoustic improvisation, and various folkloric and classical forms of the Middle East and Balkans. I am inspired by dynamic orbits, series, stochastic patterns, partitioning, disorder, self similarity and self reference.

Tonal Works

Heterophony is when multiple voices play a single melody together, with slight variations. Few heterophonic voices produce a fibrous texture; when many are put together, individual voices cannot be discerned, producing a dense cloud.

I build some melody lines self-similarly (e.g. three notes surrounded by three shorter notes, each of which are surrounded by three shorter notes). I also build multiple independent heterophonic voices in counterpoint. This creates a tactile impression, as if touching an ornate architectural detail, or a heavily textured surface.

wine bird

String Quartets

Uneventful human music. Composed dilligently, but with no use of creativity.

First String Quartet

Second String Quartet

Tonal Samples

Tonal Poetry for a Dragon that Smells like Supernovae: To Anka.

Gülnihal: A belated birthday present for Pinar; a reimagination of Ismail Dede Efendi's piece with the same name.

Embracing Oppression: Dedicated to Faruk Yarman and the wise children of the Gezi Park protest.

Oil Wrestlers Celebrate the Ovulation of Pachamama: This piece is a fusion of Aymara folk, Ottoman classical music, and baroque counterpoint.

Piece for Gene: Pentatones and thirty one eighths for an unintelligible black cowboy shaman who one night froze himself to death.

baby feet

Fevkalbeşer Dumduma: Up beat heterophonic counterpoint, building on the piano tradition of Feyzi Aslangil. The title roughly translates to ‘‘superhuman disarray".

Heterophonic Textures: A humorous melody line embelished by space-filling self-similar ornaments,  with a touch of disorder.

The Epic of Failure

Knots and Folds

Ney Taksims

The Ney, an rim blown reed flute, has a history of 4500 years. It is the centerpiece of the Ottoman classical music tradition.

The 13th century poet and philosopher Rumî wrote, Pay heed to the grievances of the reed, of what divisive separations breed: From the reedbed cut away just like a weed, my music people curse, warn and heed. Sliced to pieces my bosom and heart bleed, while I tell this tale of desire and need".

Below are few ney taksims, i.e. short structured improvisations.

One, Two, Three,

Four, Five, Six, Seven.

Sound Sculptures


These non-musical compositions are mosaics of natural and processed sounds. The input material can range anywhere from a brief cough to stirring wet styrofoam and pennies in a metal bowl. I am particularly interested in granular synthesis, which involves overlaying identical or similar sound bits many thousans of times, each with a slight shift of phase and amplitude.

Phase randomization is why a single violin sounds so different than an orchestral ensemble. If you ever wondered what a tap on a desk or a hum would sound like when millions of them are overlayed, check below.

The Humming Song

Fine Structure of an Ultrasonic Orgasm


Jazzy, uncomfortable, inelegant and awkward expressions composed for the enjoyment of fruit flies.

Bionic Safiye and the Pepper Flower

Delik Pantolonlu Narin Sebastiyan

Mukaddes Oynak Beri Zelzelesi