2017 repress; LP version. B252;lent Arel ‘s (1919-1990) work occupies a special place in the history of electronic music, with one thing being certain: Arel’s work is still fresh, groundbreaking, and it always look outs for the next adventure in sound. Sub Rosa present a collection of his works here as part of their Early Electronic series. B252;lent Arel was a Turkish-born American composer of electronic and contemporary classical music. He was also a devoted teacher, a sculptor, and a painter. From 1940 to 1947, Arel studied composition, piano, and 20th century classical music at the Ankara Conservatory. In 1959, Arel came to the US on a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation to work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. By that time the center had just started out under its director Vladimir Ussachevsky . During Arel’s work in Princeton he also met Edgard Var232;se, with whom in 1962 he worked on the electronic sections of Var232;se’s D233;serts . Frank Zappa lists Arel as a key influence. Today’s electronic music – whether it is Autechre ‘s Confield (2001), Aphex Twin ‘s Selected Ambient Works Vol. II (1999), or Squarepusher ‘s Do You Know Squarepusher (2001) – builds upon a solid foundation which B252;lent Arel helped to pave.