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Tapes from Istanbul – Adrian Shephard (August 2015)

When I listened to Tapes from Istanbul, through my headphones, I was thrilled from the very first steps that Adrian described. I had to think about this, because my excitement went beyond those feelings, which normally make my senses wobble when listening to anything audio. It was very clear, that something else was going on. The Istanbul Tapes tell a story, that we thought to have lost, somewhere around the time when television became a medium for the masses. Before that time, places were still exotic. And the main reason…

Postcards from Istanbul by Adrian Shephard, part 2 – stories from planet paprika, interview with Seraj Alfata

Adrian Shephard was in Turkey. He had his recording machine with him, because one can never know. Judging from the second part of his Postcards from Istanbul, someone should offer him a grant so that he can continue his series of interviews in the big metropole that stretches out his arms to Europe and Asia. In this interview with Seraj Alfata, originally from Damascus now living and working at the hostel Planet Paprika close to Taksim Square we hear a lot of stories. But it is in the details that…