Erdem, left, who also plays in the streets and with his band “DoguBang,” had failed to find work as an interior designer.
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It's already one of the world's most original commutes the ferry trip between Istanbul's European and Asian sides gives a daily quarter of a million passengers unforgettable views on their way to work. Now the Turkish city is offering music to offset the seascapes, and for the amateur musicians providing it, it's a chance to make some crucial money in difficult economic times."We travel back and forth between the two continents and we try to express emotions sparked by the two cultures: a kind of fusion, a synthesis," Oguzhan Erdem, one of the ferry musicians, told AFP.Until recently, ferry musicians played without authorization, but city authorities realized they were missing an opportunity and launched a project to make them an official part of the experience. 'LIKE BEING IN A MOVIE'In total, 82 musicians work on the intracity line from 9 a.m. until the last ferry at 1 a.m.
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