Justin Bennett – Drowned

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Justin Bennett – Drowned (2:04) from “The Well”

The Well is constructed from sounds recorded in Istanbul: voices, machines, footsteps, tunnels, but also bronze cymbals and electric guitars. But it is not purely phonographic, it’s a personal journey through layers of narrative, memory, sounds and music – an attempt to uncover the secret well that lies deep under the city.

At the surface of the city with its noises of traffic, music and amplified voices, we put our ear to the ground and descend into the depths of a hidden city. A city of holes, pipes, wells and tunnels, but also layers of history, hidden power structures, clandestine economies, fault lines in the bedrock, the dreams and hopes of its inhabitants.

Although constructed from sounds recorded in Istanbul, the work is not purely phonographic. It is a personal journey through layers of narrative, memory, sounds and music – an attempt to uncover the secret well that lies deep under the city.

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