A multifaceted and award-winning composer of electronic, classical contemporary, film and experimental music, Inal Bilsel’s work sits in the crossroads of music and visual arts, fact and fiction; nostalgia and future dystopia, and of narrativity and conceptual. Taking inspiration from science-fiction, retro-futurism and particularly musical hauntology, from which his music and fictional worlds takes cues from.
With his second album, Paradise Lost (2018, Epic Istanbul) Inal established his own take on electronic music, culminating his entire musical and artistic experience into a narrative concept album with a self-contained world. Moreover, the album is the basis of his Phd thesis: Creating Small Worlds. In his hometown Nicosia, Cyprus, perhaps he is best known for his exuberant audio-visual performances named under Tales From The Future, of which he performed in a wide range of festivals and venues home and abroad, including Sonar Istanbul, Salon IKSV, Farma Projekt, Buffer Fringe, Urban Gorillas, Electric Cicadas, Maki Fest, and many others.
Trained in music composition at Royal Holloway, University of London and Eastern Mediterranean University, Inal’s portfolio of formative works include Orchestral, chamber and numerous solo pieces. In 2007, he won the grand prize of Notion International Composition Competition and his piece Nilay’s Dream was performed and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. From that point on, his interest leaned toward electronic music, synthesizers, and computer aided music production. His debut album A New Beginning (2009) is the first product of this venture.
Inal is also known for scoring music for short films including A Mother’s Sonata and Free Fun by Fehmi Öztürk; The Hunt and Letters From Cyprus by Sholeh Jahrei and Kamil Saldun; and, The Delivery and Random attempts by Doğuş Özokutan and Vasvi Çiftçioğlu. Inal is an active participant of various jam sessions in Nicosia, named in various occasions as DeFacto Dreams, Meet The Family, Electric Journey and Strange Sounds (and sights). He frequently shares stage with Ulaş Öğüç, Naz Atun, Mete Hatay, Öktem Emre and Onur Kasapoğlu.
Inal is a lecturer at Eastern Mediterranean University and PERA school of contemporary dance, teaching diverse topics such as sound design at Game and Animation department, Musical form, Analysis and Harmony at Department of Music Teaching, and concepts in music and media exploration at PERA.
Inal Bilsel is an Epic Istanbul (Sony Music Turkey) artist and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in music composition at Royal Holloway, University of London.