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
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.
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
Uneventful human music. Composed dilligently, but with no use of creativity.
Tonal Poetry for a Dragon that Smells like Supernovae: To Anka.
A belated birthday present for Pinar; a reimagination of Ismail
Dede Efendi's piece with the same name.
Oppression: Dedicated to
Faruk Yarman and the wise children of the Gezi Park protest.
Wrestlers Celebrate the Ovulation of Pachamama: This piece is a fusion of Aymara
folk, Ottoman classical music, and baroque
for Gene: Pentatones and
one eighths for an unintelligible black cowboy shaman who one
night froze himself to death.
Dumduma: Up beat
counterpoint, building on the piano tradition
of Feyzi Aslangil. The title roughly translates to ‘‘superhuman
Heterophonic Textures: A
humorous melody line embelished by space-filling self-similar ornaments, with a touch of disorder.
Epic of Failure
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
One, Two, Three,
Four, Five, Six, Seven.
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
millions of them are overlayed, check below.
Structure of an Ultrasonic Orgasm
inelegant and awkward expressions composed for the enjoyment of fruit flies.
Safiye and the Pepper Flower
Pantolonlu Narin Sebastiyan
Oynak Beri Zelzelesi