I've been into music ever since I was a kid. My first real involvement came when I started playing guitar, at the age of 15. I played in a couple of bands for short periods of time and also played live on a few occasions. I started writing and recording my own music while I was still in high school. Due to technology restrictions, I used to use analog equipment for my recordings. By the 2000s, digital recording technology was widely available and inexpensive enough for regular folks like me to adopt. Nowadays I only do hard disk recording because I can get a much better sound on my PC than I could ever get on analog equipment. It makes all the steps much easier, such as editing tracks and burning them onto CDs.
These are tracks I have written and recorded since my return to Turkey in 2003. I have been using the following hardware for recording:
I also use various software for "virtual" instruments, recording, mixing and editing, as well as further digital FX. Here's a list of software I currently use:
I also use sound samples on certain tracks. These are obtained either from the Web or from tapes/CDs I own.
Below is a sampling of music I've written and recorded (all guitars, vocals, samples and drum/instrument programming by Oytun Palas unless otherwise noted). Click on the logo to download the latest version of .
|All tracks produced & mixed by Oytun Palas. Right click and "save as" to download track.|
|TRACK||COPYRIGHT||DURATION & SIZE||NOTES|
|* 2006 Oytun Palas||3:05, 4.25 MB||Last track I wrote and recorded in Turkey before my departure to Dubai. Completed on 27.07.06.|
|? 2005 Ekin K??lal?||5:00, 6.89 MB||Written by my friend Ekin K??lal?. Vocals performed by Ekin, guitars played and drums programmed by yours truly. Backing tracks feature the Charvel, while I used the Gibson for the solo bits. Recorded, edited and mixed between February 27 - March 5, 2006.|
|Flying Flies||* 2006 Oytun Palas||1:36, 2.20 MB||Spontaneous idea while watching "Dune" miniseries DVD, Feb. 5, 2006. This version recorded on the evening of Friday, April 7th, 2006.|
|1986 EMI Records**||
5:17, 4.83 MB
|Cover of the Iron Maiden song from the album "Somewhere In Time." Doing vocals is Stevenski Chan of Leamington Spa, UK. He replied to a post of mine on the now-defunct Iron Maiden Message board (IMMB, www.ironmaiden.org) asking for a singer to sing over my backing track. He did the lead and backing vocals on the song and e-mailed me the vocal tracks. I did the final mix at home and there you have it! Also featured on this cover is my friend Burak G??l?'s Squire Jazz Bass. It is the first time I used a real bass guitar on a recording since my return to Turkey.|
|Mutsuz Ve Huzursuz||* 2005 Oytun Palas||3:41, 3.37 MB|
|Fire & Ice||* 2005 Oytun Palas||2:31, 2.31 MB|
|20 Million Miles To Earth||* 2005 Oytun Palas||2:23, 2.19 MB|
|Linus Torvalds Blues||* 2005 Oytun Palas||2:45, 2.52 MB||Open source blues song for you to fill in the blanks.|
Christmas & New Year's Special:
2:57, 2.70 MB
4:58, 4.55 MB
1:13, 1.11 MB
Burak G??l? - keyboards
?zg?r Oktay - saxophone and percussion
Oytun Palas - guitar
Recorded on 31.12.04 in ?zg?r's living room using a mic and a laptop computer. 1st take, live and totally spontaneous tracks.
|One More Reason||* 2004 Oytun Palas||3:02, 2.79 MB||Featuring my old Charvel guitar for the first time in a recording. I've had that guitar since high school and it was the second one I ever owned.|
|* 2004 Oytun Palas|| 3:37, 3.31 MB
1:48, 1.65 MB
A spin-off of the original track with a very "metal" ending.
|A New Hope||* 2004 Oytun Palas||4:06, 3.75 MB||Features sample from JFK's "Moon Speech" - Rice Stadium, September 12, 1962.|
|Superman vs. Afterworldsmen||* 2004 Oytun Palas||3:59, 3.64 MB|
|Psychosomatic Waves||* 2004 Oytun Palas||2:06, 1.93 MB|
|Nocturne||* 2004 Oytun Palas||2:00, 1.84 MB|
|Dark Horse||* 2004 Oytun Palas||1:48, 1.65 MB||Features sample from Charles Bukowski's "The Light Of Jesus" from his own voice, from the "King Of Poets" audio CD (** 2000 Chinaski)|
** 1994 ?
5:29, 5.02 MB
5:01, 4.60 MB
Rock version of the Bulent Ortacgil song from "Bu ?ark?lar Adam Olmaz." Featuring my friend Ozan Sezgin on vocals.
1983 EMI Records**
4:21, 3.98 MB
0:27, 426 KB
My cover of the classic track from "Piece Of Mind." My first time doing vocals, ever (I'm sure you can tell)!
|?ak?uka (Tar?k Meng??)||** 2004 ?ahin ?zer M?zik (?)||1:03, 993 KB||Short instrumental bit inspired by the song.|
|The Rule of 7||* 2004 Oytun Palas||2:54, 2.65 MB||
Features some copyrighted material (? Dr. Edwin O. Timmons**) The samples are from a sales motivation tape, believe it or not! Pretty depressing stuff for a motivational tape - especially when you take it out of context like I did.
|2000 Virgin Records**||
2:55, 2.68 MB
2:27, 2.25 MB
|Two instrumental versions inspired by Melanie C's "I Turn To You." I took the main guitar riff from a guy I was in a band with for a short while.|
Music inspired by AK Emeklilik commercials' main theme:
|** 2004 Jingle House||
4:09, 3:80 MB
4:06, 3.76 MB
4:09, 3.80 MB
1:38, 1.49 MB
0:54, 854 KB
|A variety of styles, including rock, dance and new age (possibly?). One of the mixes features AK Emeklilik call center announcement (**) samples!|
|Sweet Tea & Bourbon||* 2004 Oytun Palas||3:17, 3.01 MB||One of the first recordings I did on my PC. Has relatively poor sound quality.|
|Y||* 2004 Oytun Palas||2:27, 2.24 MB|
"TAR HEEL TAPES"
The below are my North Carolina demos recorded b/w 1999 and 2001, when I lived in the Triangle area.
|All tracks produced & mixed by Oytun Palas. Right click and "save as" to download track.|
|Chapel Hill Rock|
|The Beautiful North|
|On The Road (part 2)|
|Merry Fucking Christmas|
|Alternative (To Nothing)|
|Caught In A Vice|
|Two Lesbian Witches|
|Copyright on all songs Oytun Palas*|
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Other than playing, writing and recording, I also love listening to music. I have a large collection consisting of approximately 1,000 albums, mostly rock and metal. A list of my current collection can be found here.
I also enjoy going to live shows. I have seen many great bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Overkill, Queensryche, Scorpions, etc. perform live, in Turkey and the U.S. The rock/metal concert scene in Turkey didn't really kickstart until the early nineties. The first international metal act to perform in Turkey was the now-defunct German speed/thrashers Grinder. The concert took place at the Open Air Theatre in Istanbul on May 12, 1990. I was also at this historic event, where Turkey's top metal band Pentagram (Mezarkabul outside of Turkey) was the opening act. The following years saw a regular increase in the number of international rock/metal band performances in Turkey. I have put together a detailed list of all rock/metal concerts that have taken place in Turkey, ever, to the extent of the information I was able to gather from various sources (* indicates shows I've personally attended). As you will be able to see, there has been an explosion of concerts in Turkey since 2003. I expect this trend to continue, as a result of the rapid integration of Turkey into the West and the ongoing improvements in the economy. The list does contain some inaccurate/missing information. Please send me an e-mail if you notice any mistakes or have some of the missing info. Feel free to share the list with others so we can compile and maintain an accurate database.
This is a list of the guitars I've owned/still own (ones in yellow):
|Make||Model||Type||Year||Color||Serial #||Built in||Purchased at||Owned it b/w||Modifications|
|Swallow||Classical||mid 80's||Natural||?||Taiwan||?, Istanbul, Turkey||mid-80's - current||N/A|
|Hohner||SR Devil||Electric||mid 80's||White||?||S. Korea||?, Istanbul, Turkey||mid-80's||N/A|
|Charvel||Predator (?)||Electric||mid 80's||Dark Blue||330045||Japan(?)||?, Istanbul, Turkey||mid-80's - current||Installed Kahler tremolo system in 2004|
|Ibanez||?||Acoustic||mid 90's||Natural||?||?||The Music Mart, State College, PA||mid-late 90's||N/A|
|Peavey||Foundation||Bass||?||Blue||?||?||?, Raleigh, NC||2002-2003||N/A|
|Ibanez||Talman TC630||Electric||?||Ivory (w/ red pickguard)||?||Japan||Bryan's Guitars, Carrboro, NC||2001-2003||N/A|
|Gibson||SG||Electric||2001||Black||01682525||USA||Guitar Center, Harahan, LA||2003 - current||N/A|
Other than guitars, I also own the following musical instruments:
Hohner "Old Standby" harmonica
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