AH! KOSMOS is the moniker of Istanbul-based producer and instrumentalist Baak Günak. Two years from the release of her Flesh EP, AH! KOSMOS is announcing her self-produced, full-length debut for Denovali Records called BASTARDS due out in April 2015. This release will be accompanied by a re-issue of the debut EP FLESH, released for the first time on a world-wide scale and on the vinyl format.
BASTARDS digs deeply into the surface and soon turns that hole into a living space, a home for all. Albeit Bastards are not orphans, but they are freed from models or possessions and reckon no top or bottom, no right or wrong. In these interstices, a band of un-mastered sounds and voices are composing a brotherhood of a new kind. This fatherless community of dierents that gather and fall apart, meet and clash, now unfolds the horizon of infinite lines and curves, feverish desires and endless sympathies. Spaced-out layers of beats and blissed-out sounds and textures create a sense of slow, echoic wonder that eventually builds to a multi-rhythmic universe of its own.
There is not an immigration problem but a border problem.
Therefore, governments should stop protecting their borders and start protecting people.
What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Well, it may be anything. An encounter, a dialog with a person, a pattern, experiences…
How and when did you get into making music?
Pretty young, I’ve always been into making sound. I’ve always been passionate about it.
What are your 5 favorite albums of all time?
It’s a tough one to make a list for me, I will just name some of my favorites.
Radiohead – Kid A
The Cure – Bloodflowers
Velvet Underground & Nico
Aphex Twin – Druq
John Zorn – Lucifer Book of Angels
What do you associate with Berlin?
Riding bike in beautiful streets. Berlin seems like encountering a severe gentrification like Istanbul. It is sad to see this transformation as in my hometown.
What’s your favorite place in your town?
My favourite place is a little bit outside of Istanbul, it’s a spot in Burgaz Island .
If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would love to do something with images, paint and food.
What was the last record you bought?
It was Vessel’s album.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As a performer, it was the Sonar Festival, it was an amazing the atmosphere were amazing.
How important is technology to your creative process?
Very. I like the possibilities it suggests, the inspiration it gives and in the recording and production process it really helps you move easier.
Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
My family is really supportive and it’s really motivating to see their enthusiasm. They are coming to performances really often, and it is good to hear their honest feedback.