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Turkish-born Murat Ses is an early pioneer of what we now know as world music. He was a founding member, composer, and multi-instrumentalist of the group Mogollar, which was a trend setter and one of the sound architects in modern Eurasian folk music.

His 1971 LP 'Danses et Rythmes de la Turquie d'hier à aujourd'hui' was awarded Grand Prix du Disque by the Charles Cros Academie in Paris, France. That album is probably one of the first world music albums made in the 1970s and it did not come from Africa.

Murat Ses plays keyboards, harmonica, saz and other instruments. Murat emphasizes Anatolia's unique ethnic structure hosting a myriad of cultures since centuries, so that the careful listener will find out a traditional Islamic chant in a peacefully coexistence with an Eurasian church chant. He does a lot of keyboard programming and sampling. His main influences range from Pink Floyd, Traffic, and Jimmy Smith to Eastern Mediterranean, Levantine, and Central Asian cultures and music. Murat Ses has broad experience performing live and has written numerous scores for film, TV, and documentaries.

In 1990 Murat initiated a trilogy of recordings dedicated to history and travel. Automaton is the first part of a trilogy. It is based on Murat's impressions of the mechanical fraud which was drafted and constructed by the Anatolian scientists during the first half of the thirteenth century. It served as soundtrack for some documentary films including the scientific series 'Ancient Seamen' and 'Medical File'.

Binfen (The Star), the second part of the trilogy, based on the history of aviation, was released in 1995. Binfen is one of the forgotten heroes of aviation history. He was a courageous scientist who flew with a self-constructed glider over the Bosphorus in the 17th century. Binfen lived exiled in Spain after being classified as dangerous because of his deep knowledge and extraordinary talents. The album Binfen features the synthesist-composer Tan Ses, who is also part of live performances.

Culduz, the third and last part of the trilogy, dedicated to Piri Reis, one of Murat Ses' heros. Piri Reis was the legendary admiral of the Turkish fleet in the sixteenth century. His passion was cartography. 

As a free-lance journalist he writes music reviews for international print publications and electronic media and covers topics such as contemporary culture, social aspects of information age, and independent art productions for the Istanbul daily "Cumhuriyet" on a weekly basis. Murat Ses presently resides in Austria.


Danses et Rythmes de la Turquie d'hier à aujourd'hui (1971)

Automaton (Clou 001, 1990)

Binfen (Clou 002, 1995)

Culduz (Clou 003/Kalan, 1999)

Automaton² (Automaton Squared) 2005

Binfen Remix (2005)

Electric Levantine (2006)

Umami (2007)

Beside the Sun (2010)

Light Cone (2012)

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