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Field Works Vol. I

by Various Artists

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This record is the result of an eight-day trip to Istanbul, Turkey. Led by anthropologist and label founder Fred Scharf and his Vox Populi Records crew, this is the first of many travels for the Berlin based label. This 12” vinyl release is a collection of field recordings, jam sessions, studio recordings, street soundscapes, religious rituals, all of which were remixed and reinterpreted by electronic producers, delivering tracks whose core represents a wide array of traditional Turkish sounds.

The choice of Istanbul as the ground for this project was inspired by the apparent lack of dialogue between the Turkish community in Berlin - the largest in the world outside of Turkey - and Berlin’s vibrant electronic music scene. All the sounds on this release find their root in Istanbul, whether in the street or in recording studios.

“Vox Populi Field Works Vol. I” is the inauguration of a broader project entitled Field Works, in which the label travels to different locations in the world in order to collect sounds, eventually creating an archive of some of the finest and humblest musical traditions.

Inspired by academic methods proper to ethnomusicology and ethnography, this project's aim is to showcase the diversity of our human groups and communities, and to contribute to the preservation of our cultural heritage, which is threatened by accelerated globalization and homogenization of the worldwide musical spectrum.

Thanks to everyone involved in this project, particularly to the great artists and musicians, to the amazing crew and to the donators and funders, without whom none of this would have been possible.


A1. Baris K - Chapter I
A2. Valentin Stip - Chapter II
B1. Volkan Akin - Chapter III
B2. Tim Karbon - Chapter IV


released September 4, 2015

Master: Bo Kondren
Design: Bruno Strecht
Cut at Calyx, Berlin



Vox Populi Records Lisbon, Portugal

Vox Populi is an independent record label established in 2014 and based essentially, but not exclusively, in Berlin, Germany. We will release tracks from artists across the globe. Our mission is to explore electronic music without the restricted boundaries of genre. Our goal is to travel near and far to find hidden treasures and people who share our vision around the world. ... more

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