Minimalism Unbounded! The 5th International Conference on Minimalist Music

Akusmata Sound Art Gallery is collaborating with the Minimalism Unbounded! conference and curates content for the Music & Installation Program.


Minimalism Unbounded! The Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music

At this conference we will encourage new debates about the sounds and cultural meanings of minimalist music.

Usually associated with the North American style propagated since the 1960s by composers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and La Monte Young, the influence of minimalism on musical life and cross-arts practices extends beyond these now canonical figures and arguably also predates them. This conference will continue to direct focused attention towards the core repertory, but will also encourage work which challenges our assumptions about the boundaries of the style and its significance.

Minimalism Unbounded! will focus above all on the relevance of the minimalist style in the 21st century. The influence of minimalism is especially evident in music performed in multimodal and cross-artistic settings, including film, musical theatre, sound, installation and performance art. It has disseminated and transformed beyond its reductive origins in the musical avant-garde and is today heard in diverse settings, some of them recognisably postminimalist, informed by environmental concerns, inspired by spiritual or mystical ideas, and permeating popular styles and forms including film scores, ambient and drone music, glitch and IDM.

We welcome musicologists and composers, cultural theorists and philosophers, inter-arts researchers and music theorists with a view to stimulating lively debate about the past and current state of the art in minimalist music and cognate artistic practices.

Minimalism Unbounded! will be a dynamic academic and cultural event staged in two cities, Turku and Helsinki. It will include performances of recent and older music, workshops for composers, public talks and debates, and high-level academic presentations and discussions.

Music & Installation Program
Wed 23.9
8:00 pm CYCLES
Sirkkala (lobby between Artium & Minerva buildings), University of Turku
Performers: E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, Slow Floe, Atte Häkkinen
Terry Riley: Keyboard Studies II (arrangement for two synthesizers), performed by E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr
E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr: Sequencer variations (from Keyboard Studies II)
John Richardson: The Fold (song cycle in five parts), performed by Slow Floe
Atte Häkkinen: Loop impro (solo)

Thu 24.9
Sibelius Museum, Turku
Performers: Veli Kujala accordion, Tom Johnson narrator, and students of TUAS Arts Academy, coached by Mikko Luoma: Orestis Willemen, guitar, Freya Annina Frinschknecht, flute, Vadim Grumeza, violin, Anna-Maria Huohvanainen, violin.Erkki Salmenhaara: Sonatine for Flute and Guitar (10′, 1981)
Morton Feldman: Trio for Flutes (4’,30”, 1972)
Erkki Salmenhhara: Sonatine for Two Violins (12’, 1972)
Kyle Gann: Reticent Behemoth for quarter-tone accordion (6′, 2015, world premiere)
Tom Johnson: Eggs And Baskets for narrator, guitar and violin (12′, 1987)
Philip Glass: Head-on for piano trio (4′, 1967)

Fri 25 Sep
Wegelius hall, Sibelius Academy, Töölönkatu 28, Helsinki
Performers: Eija Kankaanranta, Juulia Pölönen, Emma Kuntsi, Sarah Palu, kantele, Petri Kuljuntausta & Äänikuoro (sound choir), Assi Karttunen harpsichord, Antti Tolvi, pianoAntti Tolvi: Ääniväki (Sound Elves) (25’, 2012)
Hannu Saha: Arndt for 5-string kanteles (5′, 1986), performed by Eija Kankaanranta, Emma Kuntsi & Sarah Palu
Pekka Jalkanen: Toccata for kantele (8′, 1992), performed by Juulia Pölönen
John Bull, In nomine for harpsichord (4′, 16th Century), performed by Assi Karttunen
Katri Nironen: Agadir (extract) (6′, 1965),
Charlie Morrow: Counting to 9 – Toadfish Language (1973), performed by Petri Kuljuntausta & Äänikuoro
John Adams, China Gates (5′, 1977), arr. for kantele and harpsichord
Matthew Whittall: Wine-dark Sea for kantele and harpsichord (15’, 2008) performed by Eija Kankaanranta & Assi Karttunen
Tom Johnson: Counting To Seven (6′, 2012), performed by Petri Kuljuntausta & Äänikuoro

Sat 26.9. 
3:30-5:00 pm
Helsinki Music Centre, main entrance
Meri Kytö: Soundwalk (soundscape listening tour)
6:00-6:40 pm
Akusmata Sound Art Gallery (Tukholmankatu 7K, Helsinki)
Marko Timlin: Musta monoliitti (Black monolite) (30-40′, 2015), solo for äänilevykone.
Black Box, Helsinki Music Centre
Performers: Emil Holmström, keyboard, Veli Kujala, quarter-tone accordion, Eija Kankaanranta, electric kantele, Antti Ohenoja, Jussi Markkanen, Petteri Kippo, Aleksi Haapaniemi, percussion, Jon-Patrik Kuhlefelt, sound7:30 pm
Kyle Gann interviewed by Matthew Whittall
8 pm
Kyle Gann: Unquiet Night (Mechanical Piano Study No. 10) (16’, 2004)
Tom Johnson: Tango, arrangement for 5-string kantele and accordion (4’, 1984)
Kyle Gann: Reticent Behemoth for quarter-tone accordion (6′, 2015)
Kyle Gann: The Unnameable for keyboard sampler and soundfile (12’, 2012)
Juhani Nuorvala: Concertino for electric kantele and soundtrack (7′, 2000/2014)
Kyle Gann: Snake Dance No. 2 for percussion quartet (12’, 1995)

Wed 23 – Sun 27


Juha van Ingen & Janne Särkelä ‘ASLAP. A 1000 year long animated GIF loop’ (Hommagé to John Cage) (2015). Fish Gallery (Alppikatu 17 lh2, Helsinki) Installation open only on Sat 26th, 2-7 pm.

Marko Timlin
‘Bits and Bytes’ (2015). Akusmata Sound Art Gallery (Tukholmankatu 7K, Helsinki)​
Installation open 2-6 pm daily

Petri Kuljuntausta
‘Transporter’ (2015), Sirkkala, University of Turku
Installation open Wed-Fri 8 am-8 pm, Sat-Sun 8 am-4 pm

Sound Art Day II Helsinki

Sound art event in Lavaklubi

Adam Basanta (Canada)
Stefan Klaverdal (Sweden)
Petri Kuljuntausta (Finland)
Patrick McGinley (USA/Estonia)

19 September 2015, 9 pm
Lavaklubi, National Theatre, Läntinen Teatterikuja 1b, Helsinki, Finland

9 pm – Stefan Klaverdal & Petri Kuljuntausta: Remix sessions
10:30 pm – Adam Basanta: _guit*
11:30 pm – Patrick McGinley

Tickets 5€
Ticket sales: National Theatre ticket office (tel. 010 733 1331), and at the door.

Sound Art Day of Helsinki – SAD Helsinki, is a joint venture between several organisations, galleries and individuals in the Finnish sound art community. Its aim is to showcase new and old sound art and artists and generate interest and collaborations inside Finland and internationally through several routes and media outlets. The SAD project, initiated by MUU, holds in great value the creation of a common playground for both small and large actors in the scene. It aims at holding an uncompromising stance towards allowing artistic freedom and hopes to enable more artists to present sound art, sound, and music in diverse locations and settings challenging as well as enriching the vibrant scene even further.

The second Sound Art Day Helsinki is organised by MUU Gallery, A Listening Room, Third Space and Akusmata Sound Art Gallery. Cooperation partner is Pixelache.


Club event is part of the ART FAIR SUOMI programme. International Art Fair Suomi ’15 will be held at the Cable Factory, Helsinki, 18 – 20 September 2015.


Marko Timlin

Bits and Bytes
sound installation by Marko Timlin

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

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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

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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