Electronic Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

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song name Electronic Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Album Raises New And Troubling Questions, Them Ain't Big Eye Ants, Idlewild, Modern
year 2011
run time 2:49
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Dan Miller via vocoder


  • John Flansburgh in an interview with Rolling Stone: "There's a version of 'Istanbul (Not Constantinople)' that we assembled just to make a video out of it. That's an interesting recording because even though it's totally electronic, it was actually recorded live. It sounds completely tracked. I mean it doesn't sound like a band – it sounds like electronic music – but it’s actually the five of us in a room playing."[1]
  • The electronic sounds in this song were generated by John Linnell using a circuit bent Speak & Spell and Roland SP-303 sampler, Dan Miller using a microKORG synthesizer, including the attached vocoder, and Danny Weinkauf playing an Alesis micron synthesizer. The robotic voice asking "shall we play?" is an audio sample of WOPR, a computer from the 1983 film WarGames.

Song Themes

Altered Voice, Cities, Educational, Geography, History, New York City, Not In Major Or Minor, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Questions, TMBG Remakes, Two Chord Songs


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