Baris in Belgium during the very interesting release of "2023"
A very good introduction taken from the "Turkish Electronic Music page" :
"Baris Manco : Formerly a rockn'roll singer Manco had many evaluations during his career in music. He had experience in many genres in music some with a good will , some fully commercial. Beginning his career in 1958 at the age of 15, he experienced rockn'roll, twist, beat, Turkish psychedelic , east and west, ambient, funk , anatolian rock etc... He had the chance to make music with fabolous Hammond organist Murat Ses in two of his singles...After his sessions with Murat Ses he gained a view of creating ambient soundscapes...He had the advantage of this inheritance in his most strange concept album:"2023" which was produced in 1975....The album included two musical legends:one is "Kayalarin Oglu, 2023" the other is "Baykoca Destani" ...Kayalarin Oglu, 2023 is the greatest score he had produced...For the first time in an album a drum machine was used recalling the ambience of Jean Micheal Jarre's Oxygene....The string synthesizers were the leading keys during the album, but also Hammond Watkings Phaser, and an early model of Korg also had its place in the album...In 1977 in his album called "Baris Mancho" published by C.B.S. ; Mancho made a vocal version of 2023...The album was a complete failure with its Bonny M sound in both musical and commercial field.After this failure Manco returned with the lp "Yeni Bir Gun"(A New Day)(1979) In the lp he had covered 2023 with a different context, and with extra creative arrangements and compositions added by Ahmet Guvenc (bass guitarist of Manco's group Kurtalan Express) and Kilic Danisman (Moog , elc. Piano and strings player of Kurtulan Express) The name was 2024....The album also had a different ambient score named Coban Yildizi (The Sheppard Star which is a name of The Planet Venus)...He told the story of the planet venus with a musical and an epic way which is very typical in most of Manco's works. He used the same argument of Von Daniken during telling the story and making it an epic science fiction score like Murat Ses did 3 years before Manco's attempt.In 1981 Manco did "2025 , the last journey" for his 1981 L.P. "Sozum Meclisten Disari" ...In this lp Nejat Tekdal assisted Manco in using E.M.S. synthesizer which Manco needed the help of Gokcen Kaynatan to create a single sound because of its specificity...With aid of Tekdal Manco exhibites 3 great pieces such as "Gulpembe", "Donence" ,and "2025"...After this album Manco can be observed more an entertainer than a musician.That was so because of the great tranformation of Turkey after 12th September coup where nobody could achieve to use his civil initiative...The objects of art became objects of a non-limited consumption...In this circumstance Manco also had to cheat in a popular culture pool... I was still hopeful for his comeback where he could express who he really was...But too late for him and still we have time to archieve his works and provide unreleased stuff to be on the market...Manco died on February 1,1999...Play Moog in the heaven!!!" Munimonde
(published with kind permission)
Another very interesting track with moog is "Hamburger" . It would fit nice with the popular tracks from "Messe pour le temps present" from Pierre Henry & Michelle Colombier or with Jean Jacques Perrey.