A Different Nature: İlhan Mimaroğlu

July 24, 2012

This week on A Different Nature, we took a look at the pioneering electronic works of İlhan Mimaroğlu, who passed away on July 17th.

İlhan Mimaroğlu (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈilhan mimaɾˈoːɫu], March 11, 1926 – July 17, 2012) was a musician and electronic music composer. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey, the son of the famous architect Mimar Kemaleddin Bey depicted on the Turkish lira banknotes, denomination 20 lira, of the 2009 E-9 emission. He graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1945 and the Ankara Law School in 1949. He went to study in New York supported by a Rockefeller Scholarship. He studied musicology at Columbia University under Paul Henry Lang and composition under Douglas Moore.

During the 1960s he studied in the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Center under Vladimir Ussachevsky and on occasions worked with Edgard Varèse and Stefan Wolpe. His notable students included Ingram Marshall.

He worked as a producer for Atlantic Records, where he created his own record label, Finnadar Records, in 1971.[1] In the same year he collaborated with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard on a moving anti-war statement, Sing Me a Song of Songmy. He also was the producer for Charles Mingus’ Changes One and Changes Two, as well as Federico Fellini’s Satyricon.

He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition in 1971.

This show was brought to you by DJ What The?!, Myself, Rolf Semprebon and Dr. Zomb.



“Bowery Bum” from Electronic Music 1964 onAvant-Garde Project
“Le Tombeau de Edgar Poe” from Electronic Music 1964 on Avant-Garde Project
“Immolation Scene” from Musique Noire onFinnadar
“To Kill a Sunrise: A Requiem for Those Shot In the Back / a Composition of Agitprop Music for Electromagnetic Tape” from To Kill a Sunrise and la Ruche (1976) on Folkways Records
“Prelude for Harpsichord” from Wings of a Delirious Demon on Finnadar
“Provocations” from Wings of a Delirious Demon on Finnadar
“White Cockatoo” from Wings of a Delirious Demon on Finnadar
“Prelude for Magnetic Tape #9” from Wings of a Delirious Demon on Finnadar
“Sing Me A Song of Songmy” from Sing Me A Song of Songmy on Atlantic
“Three Pieces for Piano” from Musique Noire onFinnadar
“Tract One” from Tract on Folkways Records
“Prelude for Magnetic Tape # 16” from Face the Windmill on Folkways Records


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