Emergence of Ethnofobia:
Since the beginning, it was aimed to be a sound design and experimental art project more than “music to sell”. The intention was to combine noise, trash and lo-fi elements with "cheesy pop grooves" to create a post-modernist criticism to predetermined music. Till now, 13 albums have been digitally self-released, that may fit into post-industrial, IDM, avant-garde electro, EBM, ambient, noise and similar genres. Four of the albums were a series of "kitsch & fun electro stuff" as a sub-project called "Sinistry".
Re-emergence of Ethnofobia:
After a long, 7-year break following the completion of the 11th album Maximal (2009), some reports arrived, indicating that a couple of tracks have been trending online by themselves during the last few years. So that was the motivation to prepare Leftovers (2017), a 15th-year-special double compilation of unreleased and non-album tracks from the 2000s, which also includes "Fight in The Kantina", the most popular Ethnofobia track, ever. That urge continued with remastering/editing all previous albums and re-releasing them on contemporary digital platforms, which actually took a couple of more years with some serious diversions on the way.
About Ethnofobia's Sound:
First of all, it is completely digital and atonal. No instruments, vocals, hardware, notes, chords, templates, rules or preset structures are used in the process. Ethnofobia's works usually have a futuristic, Sci-fi theme, with very artificial, lo-fi, distorted sounds, typically imitating old toys, mechanical devices, electrical appliances or even a banging door. You can hear a clanking or rattling sound throughout a track as part of a weird groove. Moods and melodies can be either deep and dark or playful and childish. But usually it is both, giving an eery, otherworldly impression. That's a part of the deprogramming approach to conventional music, which also enhances the quirky Sci-fi feeling.
About the Creator:
He was born in 1980. Started to explore experimental and Industrial music in the late '90s. Started to make a weekly radio program in 2000. It continued for two years and covered many experimental & underground music styles in-between Industrial, EBM, Electro, Wave, IDM & Noise. He started to experiment with sound in 2001. Created "ethnofobia" in 2002. During the 2000s, he collaborated with other musicians around Europe, produced sound for websites and composed music for short films.
Apart from sound projects, he has a degree in Media & Film, has been making a living with digital communications and media. He is also into visual arts. He started to get trained in drawing and painting by his painter aunt at the age of 2. During the university years, he switched to the digital world and left paper aside.
Currently residing in Istanbul but has Cypriot origins.