OZY: A Fight Is On To Save The Sounds Of Turkey

OZY: A Fight Is On To Save The Sounds Of Turkey. “For years, the cacophony of Istanbul’s Kumkapi fish market evoked happy memories of childhood for Pinar Çevikayak Yelmi. As a little girl she would wander around the stalls with her father and listen to competing fish sellers holler out a bewildering array of names and prices, and share bursts of rapid repartee with customers. In March 2015, Yelmi was set to record the market for her sound archive ‘The Soundscape of Istanbul,’ but a week before her planned visit the decades-old market was abruptly torn down and its dozens of tenants displaced to make way for a mega infrastructure project — a road tunnel under the Bosporus. Istanbul has multiple fish markets, but few this large or evocative, and Yelmi felt its loss acutely. ‘It had a symbolic value for the city, but now it’s gone,’ she says.”

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