Marko Timlin

Bits and Bytes
sound installation by Marko Timlin

19.9. – 27.9.2015
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 14 – 18

Opening: Friday 18th, 18-20 pm. WELCOME!

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“Bits and Bytes” is a large-scale sound installation combining sound art and technology. This work is based on the use of 104 3,5“ floppy disk drive recycled from old computers.

The installation resembles a living organism: imagine being inside an ant-hill, surrounded by never-ending short sounds, clicks, crackles and tiny movements: there are endless sonic and visual variations inside a clearly defined overall structure.

This work expresses my deep admiration for the splendour and infinite diversity of nature. If we listen to natural phenomena like rivers, or the sound of leaves moving in the wind or the crackling of fire, we realize that all these phenomena share the same characteristics: they repeat themselves, but never quite exact, there are patterns with disturbances. This is why this installation is in a constant state of flux combining variation and structure, stasis and movement, chaos and order.

This work has been realized with the kind support of Suomen Kulttuurirahasto and Kuusakoski.

More information:

Tony Gerber + [ówt krì] /// LIVE @ Akusmata /// August 2, 2015, 7pm

Tony Gerber + [ówt krì]

LIVE @ Akusmata

August 2, 2015, 7pm

Free entry with a voluntary donation

Tony Gerber

- Native Flutes, Synthesizers, Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Theremin, iPad Software

Tony Gerber is a live space music pioneer and Nashville music scene trailblazer. He has been performing live music in front of audiences and live radio since he was 9 years old. For his space music projects he mixes a love of electronic music with guitars and native flutes.


[ówt krì]

- Synthesizers, Electric Guitar

[ówt krì] is a Helsinki based one man project that utilizes dark ambient, industrial and noise sounds to create soundscapes. After the 2013 release of his debut CD, he started playing live shows and since 2014 he has played gigs in Finland and the US.

Jari Kauppinen

vib || sub
sound installation by Jari Kauppinen

17.4. – 24.4.2015
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 14 – 18

Opening:  Friday 17th, 16-18 pm. WELCOME!

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vib || sub is a sound installation that will be exhibited in Galleria Akusmata 17. – 24. April. It consists of three pieces, ”Touchthesound”, ”The Fountain of Perennial Harmony” and ”Eighteen Ninetyeight”. Each of them has a different perspective on subsonic vibration. They also differ from each other in their technical complexity and design strategies. What these pieces have in common is the fact that they operate in the act of the encounter, the effect they impose on the spectator is not easily transferable or mediatable. They have to be experienced in situ. Their haptic and corporeal elements operate on touch or near proximity; in the space, place and situation these pieces occupy, speaking mainly to the body, working within the affective domain, alongside the cognitive processes.

Jari “Suopo” Kauppinen is a sound artist and sound designer. He had his first solo sound exhibition ”The Phantasmagoria of Sound Physiology” in 1997. He has worked extensively with sound and music as an independent sound artist, composer and musician creating a multitude of works in the fields of sound art, music, radiophonic works, site-specific sound art, sound installations, performances, electronic instruments and so on. He has also been taking part in the work of numerous production groups, theatre and dance companies by designing and realizing soundworlds to dozens of theatre and dance productions, performances, installations, exhibitions and spaces. Currently he is a lecturer of sound design in the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Martins Rokis

“?->?->?” v.1
sound installation by Martins Rokis

19.1. – 25.1.2015
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 14 – 18, Sat – Sun 14 – 17

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Finding information on the web depends on several factors, for example search engines inbuilt algorithms that “decides” how and which bits of information we are searching for are connected together. A folksonomy is one of the systems of classification and method of collaboratively creating and translating tags to annotate and categorize content. Thus relations between bits of information are decided via social consensus.

If we imagine this field of data as ocean, then in that ocean there are islands of information who’s existence is legitimized by users habits of classification. Navigation process from one point to another in this ocean of data can be full of surprises as peoples believes which things are related to others. This notion of collectively created map of information is starting point for installation “?->?->?“.

Custom software built for installation uses Freesound, a repository of Creative Commons licensed audio samples, whose content can be tagged and browsed by folksonomic means. By manually choosing first search word the automatic navigation process begins and  sonic environment is created from user uploaded audio samples that inhabits similar information space according to collectively added meta data. So in this context collective mind, layers of meaning and culture serves as notation for automatic composition.

Martins Rokis is working with sound and visuals in different contexts/forms, exploring multimodality of human perception via installations, performances or works for multichannel systems.

Note: Martins Rokis’ live performance on January 16th, 7pm
at Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki

A.Silent.Room – Anniversary

November 28, 2014, 19:00

 A.Silent.Room celebrated its first anniversary at Akusmata!


A.\                   Room…



A.\                Room… is a concert series in Helsinki presenting silent music in extraordinary venues. Silent music in this context refers to quiet music that is “not loud”, but still audible.

Two basic thoughts inspired that concept:

  1. Concerts of silent music can be organized in locations where loud music could never be presented, thus concerts can be realized in very unusual venues
  2. Listening to silent music is a very enriching and calming experience

This concert series is also a kind of musical blind-date, as the audience never knows beforehand where a concert will take place and who is going to perform. The audience will meet at a previously announced location and go to the concert venue from there.


A.\                   Room… #05 was arranged on Friday, November 28th, 2014.


A.Silent.Room serie is curated by composer, sound artist Marko Timlin.

Samara Lubelski + HTK + Sarana LIVE!

Mental Alaska & Akusmata Presents:

HTK (Halme / Tolonen / Kuljuntausta)

Akusmata Sound Art Gallery
Tukholmankatu 7 K, Hki
Wed 5.11.2014, klo 19-22
Tickets: 5e

Samara Lubelski has long been one of the core figures in NY’s sub-underground and key players in the so-called New Weird America, featuring in the seminal works of The Tower Recordings, Hall Of Fame, Jackie-O Motherfucker, MV & EE and more, as well as releasing five albums of her own and playing in Thurston Moore‘s band. At Akusmata Lubelski plays improvised set with solo violin + electronics.

“Lubelski weaves lines of pure tone through gulping effects in a way that recalls John Cale and Brian Eno‘s Gothic chamber arrangements for Nico, as strings swarm on the horizon in hives of electronics that recall the synthesized chorales of Klaus Schulze. Indeed, the treatments and the overall approach – moving from long, sweeping bows of razzing F/X drenched wow and flutter through obsessive vortices of heavy-textural flux – recall the viola playing of Bill Breeze on Coil’s Moon’s Milk sessions. The violin has always been a sonic reducer par excellence with its capacity eternally-sounding drones and Lubelski is a goddamn master of the form, moving from the kinda deep-space lullabies of Takehisa Kosugi through power-sawing vectors that extend the whole Spencer Yeh/BXC vibe into new realms of nowhere. The best psychedelic solo violin outing since, well, In The Valley? Massively recommended!” (- from the review of String Cycle, in Volcanic Tongue 2014)

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Yhdysvaltalainen Samara Lubelski esiintyy Akusmatassa hienon String Cycle -albuminsa (2014, Ultra Eczema) hengessä ja paljaudessa itsekseen, soolona. Intiimi Akusmata galleria täyttyy viulun ja siihen kytkettyjen efektien luomasta elävästä, raa’an voimakkaasta äänestä. Lubelski tunnetaan myös monista muista yhteyksistä ja yhtyeistä, kuten Tower recordings, Hall of Fame, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Metabolismus, MV & EE ja Thurston Mooren Chelsea Light Moving. Lubelski on yksi amerikkalaisen monimuotoisen, vapaamman laidan folkin ja popin keskeisistä hahmoista.

Illan muut esiintyjät ovat HTK ja Sarana.

HTK-triossa soittavat Hepa Halme (puhaltimet), Arttu Tolonen (elektroniikka) ja Petri Kuljuntausta (kitara, elektroniikka). Trion dynaaminen improvisointi kulkee äänimaalailun ja rujojen feedback-tekstuurien välimaastossa jossa efektipedaalin läpi prosessoitu saksofoni lyö kättä kitaran sähköisten soundivallien ja tietokoneella prosessoitujen runojen kanssa.

Ambient-artisti Saranan esitys vie kuuntelijat intuitiiviselle ambient-tutkimusmatkalle äänen väriin ja hetken yksityiskohtiin. Saranan uusin sooloalbumi julkaistaan piakkoin ulkomailla, illan esitys antaa esimakua tulevasta.

Konsertti järjestetään yhteistyössä Mental Alaskan kanssa.

Mutanoid & Akusmata Concert Serie

During this season Akusmata has prepared new projects. Akusmata will open the Mutanoid website soon for the electronic instruments and Akusmata Concert Serie will start in November.

Akusmata has a new 4-channel PA-system (4x 1220 W) for live concerts. The main speakers are Electro-Voice ZX5-90 (pair) and the three surround speakers are D.A.S. M.I. 12. We have three mixers (Soundcraft Delta, Behringer 1204 FX and Fonic), Drawmer DL241 dual-channel ‘auto compressor’, Digitech 4-channel FX processor, guitar amplifiers and various microphones, like Rode NT5 (matched pair), Neumann K 84 (pair), 5x Sennheiser, OKM Soundman (binaural), AT and other stuff.

More information on the upcoming activities will be published soon here…

Petri Kuljuntausta

Akusmata Mobile presents:

sound installation by Petri Kuljuntausta

at MEDIA ART UP! Exhibition
Puristamo & Valssaamo, Kaapelitehdas Helsinki

18.9. – 28.9.2014
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12-18, Sat – Sun 12 – 16

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Magnetism is a class of physical phenomenon that includes forces exerted by magnets on other magnets. It has its origin in electric currents and the fundamental magnetic moments of elementary particles. These give rise to a magnetic field that acts on other currents and moments. All materials are influenced to some extent by a magnetic field. The strongest effect is on permanent magnets, which have persistent magnetic moments caused by ferromagnetism.

In order to translate an electrical signal into an audible sound, speakers contain an electromagnet: a metal coil which creates a magnetic field when an electric current flows through it. This coil behaves much like a normal (permanent) magnet, with one particularly handy property: reversing the direction of the current in the coil flips the poles of the magnet.

Inside a speaker, an electromagnet is placed in front of a permanent magnet. The permanent magnet is fixed firmly into position whereas the electromagnet is mobile. As pulses of electricity pass through the coil of the electromagnet, the direction of its magnetic field is rapidly changed. This means that it is in turn attracted to and repelled from the permanent magnet, vibrating back and forth due to Faraday’s law of induction.
The electromagnet is attached to a cone made of a flexible material such as paper or plastic which amplifies these vibrations, pumping sound waves into the surrounding air and towards the ears. [physics-org, wikipedia]

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Media Art Up! exhibition contains also works by Andy Best & Merja Puustinen / Biotaiteen seura / Delicode oy / FIXC cooperative / Veli Granö / Kallio Kunsthalle / Kokeellisen elektroniikan seura / Albert Laine / Kristina Laine / m-cult / Marjatta Oja / Annika Rauhala / Markus Renvall / Seppo Renvall / Maija Saksman / Milja Viita / Äänen Lumo ry



Martins Rokis

multichannel sound installation

2.5. – 10.5.2014

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 14-18, Sat 14-17

Biomimesis is a serie of works that can be realized as site-specific installations, performances, multichannel compositions or something in-between. Custom-made software generates sound structures, which are based on ‘nature-inspired sound design’, models and processes. These sounds evolve in a spontaneous manner, they have not been composed, or follow any strict musical laws. Rather, they simulate a soundscape of some acoustic everyday space — the one on the street, in a forest or elsewhere, where sounds, according to John Cage, ‘live their lives’.

These ‘field recordings from nonexistent places’ without clear origin or context seem recognizable and familiar, evoking personal associations and cultural projections, yet in the same time alien, otherworldly and unidentifiable, blurring boundaries between what we consider natural and artificial. Listeners can ‘zoom’ in or out on various elements that make the whole soundscape, segregating or integrating them, discovering new details or subtle changes.

Martins Rokis is working with sound and visuals in different contexts, forms, crossing boundaries between so-called computer music, psychedelic noise and abstract sound art, blending generative strategies with improvisation and also occasionally making sound installations or works for multichannel systems.

Taina Riikonen

sound installation

6.3. – 31.3.2014

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 14-18

Skin is the largest organ in human body. It senses temperatures, pressure, pain and pleasure, and preserves vast of memories, feelings, and stories. Today, the pervasive presence of skin is evident; skin is both an object of constant control and aesthetic modification as well as a crucial signifier of difference in the diverse cultural negotiations.

Skin Archive sound installation listens to skin through the touch it senses. The archive, which usually is understood as an official and formal categorizing and storing system, is in this case treated as unofficial, highly selective and as constantly flickering on pleasure/pain axis.

The sound material is created of recordings that are made i.e. at the boxing club, in sauna, at the tattoo studio and under the water. In these recordings the skin becomes porous as sweating, palpated, stroked, rubbed, sucked, pierced with needle, and scratched.

Skin Archive is a collection of selected ephemeral touches, and it invites the listener/spectator to recall also her or his own skin/touch stories and histories. The spoken narratives are written and told by students of Aalto University, Pori Unit of the Department of Art.

Special thanks to Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski, Heikki Kossi, Tero Nauha, Merja Pesola, Elina Saloranta, Hannu Vuorinen and the students at the Aalto University, Pori Unit of the Department of Art: Pauliina Koivunen, Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo, Suvi Härkönen, Gerardo Montes de Oca and Kristiina Saloluoma.
Image: Pirjo Mönttinen

Taina Riikonen is a Helsinki-based sound explorer who works with sounds and texts. Her current interests are diverse bodily sounds, machine sounds and urban vibrations. Riikonen’s work history includes radio works, sound installations, live performances and soundscapes for business purposes.