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TURKEY - ENGLISH SUBTITLED 'GÜLER IŞIK' - 'Acı Gerçekler' - ARABESK TÜRKÜ by PRESTİJ MÜZİK

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I've ENGLISH SUBTITLED TURKISH song 'BITTER TRUTHS' [Click 'Show more' for analysis] by very UNDER-RECOGNISED KURDISH DIVA: 'GÜLER IŞIK' ['ROSE LIGHT']. It is a BEAUTIFUL BRUTAL TRAGIC 'ARABESK' MASTERPIECE of STUDIO 'WALL of SOUND' artificiality using ACCOUSTIC ORCHESTRA with DRUM MACHINE, DOUBLE TRACKED BEEFED-UP STRINGS and ELECTRONIC EFFECTS. GÜLER IŞIK VOCAL The VOICE is a STRIKING LOW ALTO that is quite STARTLING for a FEMALE but TYPICAL in TURKEY since BELKIS AKKALE began singing FOLK in the 1970s. It became a FASHION. The THICK TIMBRE and HARD NOTE ATTACK are COMMON to only a FEW FEMALE SINGERS like PAKISTAN'S NOOR JEHAN [1980s voice] and NASEEBO LAL [current]. Also OUM KHALTHOUM the EGYPTIAN DIVA, plus TURKISH singer EBRU GUNDES or even SPANISH SINGERS like JUANTIA REINA. What they all have in common is a sense of FATEFULNESS that may have some common CULUTURE or HISTORY crossover of SUFI ISLAM. GÜLER IŞIK VOICE - Thick almost masculine tone - Hard note attack - High volume - Low alto pitch unusual for a female - Voice screams out and cries - Use of kinds of vibrato - Big lung capacity and use of power diaphram - Mouth and jaw used as resonators - Nasal 'open face' resonator - Raw folk idiom foundation genre - Experience and familiarity with folk music - Instinctive and expressive singing - Theatre and projection of emotion - Voice as 'raw material' for the recording studio rather than live - 'Arabesk' adds a Westernism of phrasing A STUDIO VOICE Firstly, like a lot of the above PERFORMERS, GÜLER IŞIK'S VOICE suits THE RECORDING STUDIO as a RESOURCE to be EMBEDDED, in BOOSTED ORCHESTRAL TRACKS rather than SINGING LIVE? This is a CURIOUS QUALITY these 'THICK' VOICES seem to have in common? The CLOSE-MIC sound works well to capture this kind of voice. The VOCAL is given a lot of REVERB and EQUALISATION BOOSTS, but is not DOUBLE-TRACKED like the VIOLINS or DRUMS because it DOES NOT NEED IT. ISIK'S VOICE is SPOT ON and NEEDS no 'TRICKS' to give it more POWER or IDENTITY. ARABESK or FOLK? GÜLER IŞIK is really a FOLK SINGER but is really ARABESK [Turkish Popular Music in the style of Arabic Music]. The ARABESK is URBAN FOLK with the PROVINCIAL STYLING taken away but the FOLKY IDIOM remains. SUFI? The 'SCREAMING OUT' of the ARABESK SINGER and an AUDIO rather than VISUAL MEDIA of the PERFORMER that tends to IDENTIFY a SUFISM or 'THIRD PATH of ISLAM'. The SUFIS often express their ISLAM by SONG, POETRY, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS that has a RAW APPROACH that is SUNG to GOD rather than for FAME. This STRIKES the HEART of the AUDIENCE and brings them to TEARS in ARABESK...sometimes HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS at an OPEN AIR CONCERT. Also, the VIOLINS give their own CRIES that were described by MARTIN STOKES in his 'THE ARABESK DEBATE' [1996] as, "THE SCREAMS of the TURKIHS PEOPLE being FORCED through WESTERNISATION that they DON'T UNDERSTAND'. PRESTİJ STUDIO SOUND 'ACI GERÇEKLER' is really just a SAZ and VOICE FOLK SONG or 'TÜRKÜ'. A QUIET and MEDATATIVE ditty for a small TAVERNA AUDIENCE or GROUP of FRIENDS to MEDITATE. MAHSUN KIRIMIZIGÜL has changed that and made 'BITTER TRUTHS' a STUDIO 'WALL OF SOUND' production with STRIDING CELLOS and VIOLINS that 'MARCH' the SONG along with these DOUBLE-TRACKED STRINGS [String section plays the same thing twice on two tracks and the two are panned one to each side left and right so 12 violins sounds like 24...very unnatural]. The almost MILITARY sound gives a PROGRAMMATIC feel of the TANKS that SPED into KURDISH VILLAGES during THE KURDISH WAR of the 1980s that KILLED 36,000 TURKS and KURDS that are shown in films like 'GUNESE YOLCULUK' [1999]. The DISPAIR of this VERSION is unclear whether it is LOST LOVE or SYMBOLIC of the KURDISH EXPERIENCE in TURKEY, or just SUFI FATEFULNESS or just THE HUMAN CONDITION? GÜLER IŞIK - A VERY UNRECOGNISED DIVA GÜLER IŞIK was born to a very poor KURDISH FAMILY in URFA in EAST TURKEY. Her FATHER wished her to become a SINGER due to her OUTSTANDING...