Mirko Ettore D\’Agostino
Napoli — Italy
Mirko Ettore D’Agostino is an Italian sound artist, composer, music producer, drummer and mastering engineer. His artistic output includes acousmatic music compositions, soundtracks, audiovisual and multimedia works, EDM and experimental electronic music pieces. As a producer he specializes in rock, indie and electronic music. He works as producer and mastering engineer at Babajim Istanbul Studios & Mastering and he is a PhD candidate in Sonic Arts at Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM). He is a co-author of Laboratorio di Tecnologie Musicali - Vol. I and Laboratorio di Tecnologie Musicali - Vol .II, a series of books specifically designed for music technology courses in music schools, high schools and conservatories.
Description of work with field recording
My personal approach to field recording is mainly focused on capturing and preserving all those distinctive environments and sound/musical sources that are under serious threat of disappearing due to globalization, cultural changes, noise pollution and overbuilding. In A Walk Through Karaköy my intent was to recreate an imaginary soundwalk from past to future in the city of Istanbul, specifically showing the enormous changes that the neighborhood of Karaköy is undergoing in the past few years. Historically occupied for centuries by artisans, craftsmen, merchants and their workshops, the neighborhood has being quickly converted by the municipality into a posh, expensive and bohemian area oriented towards upper-class people and tourists, completely transforming the original atmosphere. Nowadays it is still possible to witness the coexistence of these two opposite realities, but in the near future more and more of the original inhabitants will be compelled to sell their properties and leave the area.
Listen to A Walk Through Karaköy