MUSIC AND SCIENCE CAME TOGETHER
Love of music and science came together and became the passion of a young academician. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Devrim Ünay, Head of IUE Department of Biomedical Engineering, measured the reactions of neurons, the smallest cells in the brain, during a learning process in order to find a new approach to learning disabilities, and passed public tunes on to polyphonic music on the other hand.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ünay, who is a member of “4 Vokal (Vocals)”, a musical group which interprets public tunes of Anatolia in different languages polyphonically accompanied by western instruments such as piano, contrabass, drums and percussions, is maintaining music and scientific life together. The group performs public tunes such as “Drama Köprüsü”, “Ne Ağlarsın”, “Sarı Gelin”, and “Gelevere Deresi” with polyphonic music.
'From local to international notes'
They created a new version of public tunes with polyphonic music, stated Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ünay and he said, “There are very pleasant products written in different languages by different cultures living in peace in these lands. Our group reinterprets them without changing the configuration of these tunes. We are singing these ballads with Sibel Sezal, Elçin Dönmez, and Barış Bahçeci. We have two albums so far. We released our first album, “Yolculuk” in 2013 and this year we released “Başka/Beş Sekiz Kış Şarkıları”. We shot our first music video for the song ‘Ne Ağlarsın’”.
'Music and science compliments each other'
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ünay stated that he was a self-taught musician and he got his musical talent from his family. He started to take mandolin lessons in elementary school and he enhanced his knowledge of solfeggio and harmony at Bosporus University Music Club.
He was interested in polyphonic music since middle school years, indicated Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ünay and pointed that music was a way of life for him. Ünay, who expressed that music and science was important part of his life, said, “I love to teach and research. Success is not possible without hard work and effort. We are carrying out a TUBITAK funded project. We are working on developing an image processing system that will enable data obtained from neurons to be analyzed in computer. If a problem occurs during an interaction of the neurons with each other, the learning process fails. We are developing an infrastructure to research what causes these”.