Chemistry between individuals is an amorphous and elusive notion. It is usually seen as something that occurs between two people who are sharing a physical space, with access to each other’s body language and energy. However, modern technology has provided many other opportunities for chemistry to blossom and be explored and this record is just one example of that: VENT is proud to present Kına, a double LP of musical collaborations between MAYa and Tolga Baklacioglu.
Tolga Baklacioglu is an associate professor in aeronautical engineering. He is also a musician. For several years, he has been steadily building a body of work that explores the outer boundaries where techno and abstract textures merge and blur. In 2014, Tolga created a label, VENT, as a platform for his explorations and those of likeminded travelers within this sonic realm.
MAYa Hardinge works in film. She is also a musician. She has collaborated with numerous artists. Beginning in 2008, She released 4 EPs under her solo guise MAYa. Considering her background in film, it comes as no surprise that her work has a strong visual element. Pre-dating Beyoncé’s Lemonade by many years, her last two EPs were visual albums made in collaboration with various directors.
It makes total sense that MAYa and Tolga should have made an album together. Their interests and backgrounds overlap and diverge meaningfully in a way that has all the hallmarks of good musical chemistry. There is however one unusual element to their collaboration: they have never met. Tolga lives in Eskisehir (Turkey) and MAYa lives in New York City.
Always on the look out for inspiration and new collaborators, Tolga stumbled across MAYa’s videos online. What he saw and heard inspired him to reach out and contact her. After some correspondence they decided to experiment with the prospect of making music together. Perhaps deprived of the traditional notions of chemistry defined by proximity, they found inspiration across time and space in the name of exploration and discovery. Tolga began by sending MAYa files of beats and ambiance. Upon finding the ones that spoke to her, MAYa went to work disassembling, adding, subtracting and rearranging. MAYa’s work would then go back to Tolga, a world away, for further input and then back again. In this way each track was painstakingly constructed and a true chemistry was born. One built on sensitivity, support and honest artistic communication. In a word: LISTENING.
The songs cover a broad spectrum of topics, from the deeply personal feelings and experiences, to world events, and the fundamental aspects of life and death. Kına is a document of two artists from different backgrounds and their shared visions of the interplay between one’s private microcosm and the global macrocosm of our time; a testament to the fact that, for all its vastness and diversity, this world offers inspiration and potential collaboration around every corner. The music contained within has traveled around the world many times before reaching your ears. As MAYa and Tolga have done before, it is now your turn to LISTEN.
released April 23, 2019
Recorded in New York (USA) and Eskişehir (Turkey).
All music composed and produced by MAYa Hardinge and Tolga Baklacioglu.
All tracks mixed by Sean Ragon except "Ask Me" mixed by Kris Lapke.
Mastered by Mark Bihler at Calyx Mastering.
Artwork by MAYa Hardinge and Damian Miranda.
VENT Records 2019