Category: Audiovisual


Akusmata Sound Festival 2018

Akusmata Sound Festival 2018
3. – 5.12.2018

mon 3.12. | Zach Rowden solo (USA) + duo Zach Rowden & Petri Kuljuntausta
tue 4.12. | Johanna Sulkunen Sonority (DK) & Tapani Toivanen (in collaboration w/ We Jazz festival)
wed 5.12. | Ilia Belorukov (RU) & Dmitri Zherbin, Lauri Wuolio, Sama Sasha (in collaboration w/ Jozik Records)

Doors: 18:30 | Live: 19:00

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Tickets:
3.12. voluntary entry fee 5 e
4.12. 18,00/12,00 e
5.12. voluntary entry fee 5 e

Please note that the tickets for December 4th concert will be sold only in advance through the We Jazz festival and Lippu online ticket service.

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Akusmata

Tukholmankatu 7 K, 00730 Helsinki

Zach Rowden

Zach Rowden (USA) deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities of the upright/electric bass & fiddle. He plays improvisations and create new sounds by preparing his double bass with, for example, a cowbell, binder clips and wooden dowels. Current projects/collaborators include Iancu Dumitrescu and the late Ana-Maria Avram’s Hyperion Ensemble (member/soloist), The Ghost (with Michael Foster, Derek Baron) Tongue Depressor (with Henry Birdsey), Charmaine Lee, Tyshawn Sorey, Robert Black, Leila Bordreuil, Paul Flaherty, Chris Cretella, Matt Sargent, and Wendy Eisenberg. Venues he has played include Harpa, Issue Project Room, The Kitchen, Silo City, Firehouse 12, Romanian Radio Hall, Cafe OTO, Heimathafen Neukölln, Real Art Ways as well as beautiful living rooms/basements/warehouses across the United States and Europe.
https://zachrowden.bandcamp.com/


Petri Kuljuntausta

Petri Kuljuntausta (kuljuntausta.com) is a composer, improviser, guitarist, and sonic artist. He has performed music for an underwater audience, improvised with the birds, and made music out of whale calls and the sounds of the northern lights. As an artist he often works with environmental sounds and live-electronics, and create sound installations for galleries/museums.

Kuljuntausta has performed or collaborated with Morton Subotnick, Atau Tanaka, Richard Lerman, David Rothenberg, and Sami van Ingen, among others. He has made over 100 recordings for various record labels in Australia, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Sweden, UK and the USA. Star’s End and Inner Space radio shows selected Kuljuntausta’s ”Momentum” as one of the most significant CD releases of the year. Kuljuntausta has published three books on Sound Art and Electronic Music. In 2005 he won an award, The Finnish State Prize for Art, from the Finnish government as a distinguished national artist.


Johanna Sulkunen Sonority

(in collaboration w/ We Jazz festival)

Johanna Sulkunen, voc & electronics + Tapani Toivanen, visuals (DK/FI)

Please note that the tickets (18,00/12,00€) for this concert will be sold only in advance through the We Jazz festival and Lippu online ticket service.

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Johanna Sulkunen has been a noted figure in the Copenhagen scene for over ten years. Now she presents her groundbraking solo concept Sonority live at We Jazz. What we get to witness is a combination of left-field pop, electronica, contemporary classical music mixed with jazz influences. A unique live experience not to be missed.

Sulkunen’s sonic journey touches on life’s big questions. She imagines this journey to Kōan, the paradoxical-absurdist riddle without a solution, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and provokes enlightenment. Sulkunen’s Sonority references at times the fractured syllables lingo of Norwegian Sidsel Endresen, the ascetic minimalism of Pauline Oliveros and Morton Feldman and the detailed electronics soundscapes of Ikue Mori. But repeated listenings reveal more and more nuances and colors in Sulkunen bold journey. Her new found language and manipulated voice are used as a provocative Kōan. Forcing the listener to adopt a fresh, a deep listening-meditative approach, sometimes even dream state of mind to language and voices. To accept its transient suchness and not to attach to any of it. To experience fully, now and with big ears, its myriad, colorful aspects before it flows into nothingness.

https://soundcloud.com/johannaelina/sets/sonority_koan/s-Aj9HG
https://youtu.be/XA2LuHl2kBk
www.johannaelinasulkunen.com


Belorukov & Zherbin

The duo of Ilia Belorukov and Dmitri Zherbin performs electronic improvisations.
 
Ilia Belorukov (RUS)
 Ilia Belorukov is a musician from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He works in the directions of improvised, noise and electroacoustic music. He’s a member of different projects with local and foreign musicians. He collaborates with artists who work in other musical directions (from hardcore and metal to academic contemporary music); with dancers and painters; with theater. Ilia practices an experimental approach of sound extraction on alto saxophone with objects, uses electronics and other instruments. He is also a founder of Intonema label (www.intonema.org) and one of curators of Spina!rec label (www.spinarec.bandcamp.com).
http://belorukov.blogspot.fi/

Dmitri Zherbin
Dmitri Zherbin is a musician and sound artist. The music of Dmitri Zherbin is dark, murky and abstract – definitely not easy listening, but definitely an adventurous one. DZ: -“It’s hard to say how and when exactly I became interested in experimental music. I listen to lots of stuff, not only experimental. I think it was those American rock bands (Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Animal Collective, just to name a few) who first introduced me to experimental side of alternative music. I also got introduced to DIY culture by going to hardcore punk shows. Putting on gigs, releasing records – it’s all from there. Only that at some point I realized, that I felt more comfortable playing different kind of music. So yeah, it might seem a bit complicated, but I think all those elements together somehow affected my current musical preferences.”

Lauri Wuolio

Lauri Wuolio is a Finnish composer and artist. He studied in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, focusing on sound art and obtaining his MA degree in 2012. In the written part of his thesis he studied campanology (the study of bells) in context of contemporary sound art. His final work “In Girum Imus Nocte” consisted of a set of bells struck by mechanical hammers and infrared sensors tracking the movements of the audience. Wuolio has composed music to films and stage. He is also an active live performer. His stay in Berlin in 2009 marked a shift to percussion instruments and two years later he got his first cupola (handpan). “I have played music since I was four. I started with cello, then came piano, saxophone and classical guitar, but I didn’t feel free until I found the cupola.”

In Wuolio’s music one can hear traces of Steve Reich, Brian Eno and more contemporary electronic acts such as Tim Hecker, Boards of Canada and Pan Sonic. “When younger, I was soaked with sounds and rhythms of experimental electronic music. Now this history vibrates in the acoustic music I make.” In autumn of 2013, after a couple of handmade cdr-releases, Wuolio released his first album under the moniker Kumea Sound, which combines his sound art background to his experience as a street musician. His second album, “Real Music for Unreal Times”, was released in 2015. Third album, “Oceans of Sadness, Mountains of Hope” was released digitally in autumn of 2017. Wuolio lives and works in Helsinki.

http://www.wuolio.fi/


Sama Sasha

Sama Sasha is an experimental music project of Helsinki-based musician, artist and illustrator Sasha Kretova. In all her creative outlets Sasha‘s main focus has always been on simplicity and finding inspiration in everyday things that may otherwise seem boring and mundane. For her sound work Sasha collects “waste” sounds from social media and uses objects that surround her to make her compositions.
https://unline.bandcamp.com/track/27
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meYxphA7EKQ


LIVE: Graphite Barrier: Ann Rosén – Mikko Raasakka – Petri Kuljuntausta

GRAPHITE BARRIER

Ann Rosén – Mikko Raasakka – Petri Kuljuntausta

CANCELED. Due to some unforeseen circumstances we regretfully have to cancel this event. However we are planning new concerts for 2019. We will let you know.

 

Concert at Myymälä2 gallery, Uudenmaankatu 23 F, Helsinki

Saturday, November 10th, 2018, at 19.00

Musicians: Mikko Raasakka clarinet and objects, Petri Kuljuntausta electric guitar and objects, and Ann Rosén electronics.

Produced by Akusmata and Myymälä2.


GRAPHITE BARRIER – an instrument, composition and project by Ann Rosén.

The Graphite Barrier instrument consists of graphite, paper, computer and Ann Rosén´s own software with which she can create and control sounds by drawing. Through playing the Graphite Barrier instrument one can play, conduct and generate graphic scores all at the same time.

https://vimeo.com/channels/935518

https://soundcloud.com/schhh-production/sets/the-great-barrier-orchestra

http://storabarriarorkestern.se/


Ann Rosén

Ann Rosén‘s sound art involves expanding the palette of sounds using her own selfbuilt instruments. Glitches, sparks and clicks, white noise and electronic artefacts characterise her sound world, as do spatial soundscapes created using real-time synthesis. Many times there are visual elements of design, equipment and materials innovatively integrated into her performances. In recent years the composing – usually in combination with Ann Rosén’s self-made electronic musical instruments – has taken an increasingly large place in her oeuvre. In the work RESILIENCE and through the BARRIER ORCHESTRA, her long artistic activity is mirrored in modular pieces for the custom-built instruments KNEECUFF and INTEOCH, voice and mixed instrumentation. THE BARRIER ORCHESTRA and the piece RESILIENCE are part of Ann Rosén’s The Great Barrier Orchestra project, which aims to challenge our inner and outer barriers, deepen collaboration with the musicians, composing and developing new instruments, playing techniques, music and art.


Mikko Raasakka

Mikko Raasakka (www.raasakka.net) is a freelance clarinetist living in Helsinki, Finland. Mikko completed his artistic doctorate at the Sibelius Academy 2005. He works as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, improviser and pedagogue. Mikko has premiered dozens of new clarinet works, including five concertos. As a member of defunensemble, an ensemble devoted to contemporary electro acoustic music, he appears regularly at the European new music festivals. Mikko makes regularly recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. His solo CD Eliangelis (Alba Records 2014) had an enthusiastic reception. Mikko is the author of a guide on contemporary clarinet technique Exploring the clarinet. In addition to all members of the clarinet family Mikko plays the liru, an archaic Finnish folk clarinet.


Petri Kuljuntausta

Petri Kuljuntausta (kuljuntausta.com) is a composer, improviser, guitarist, and sonic artist. He has performed music for an underwater audience, improvised with the birds, and made music out of whale calls and the sounds of the northern lights. As an artist he often works with environmental sounds and live-electronics, and create sound installations for galleries/museums.

Kuljuntausta has performed or collaborated with Morton Subotnick, Atau Tanaka, Richard Lerman, David Rothenberg, and Sami van Ingen, among others. He has made over 100 recordings for various record labels in Australia, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Sweden, UK and the USA. Star’s End and Inner Space radio shows selected Kuljuntausta’s ”Momentum” as one of the most significant CD releases of the year. Kuljuntausta has published three books on Sound Art and Electronic Music. In 2005 he won an award, The Finnish State Prize for Art, from the Finnish government as a distinguished national artist.

LIVE: Sound Forum

SOUND FORUM

Fri 18.5.2018 at 19:00
Voluntary 5e entrance fee
Place: Forum Box, Ruoholahdenranta 3a Helsinki
Produced by Akusmata
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Supported by
Nordic Culture Point
Nordisk Kulturfond / Puls
Pro Helvetia
Kultur Stadt Bern
Stadt Biel / Bienne
Amt für Kultur Kanton Bern
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ARTISTS

Michael J. Schumacher (USA)
solo electronics w/ PMcSS, a portable multichannel sound system

Duo Michael J. Schumacher + Petri Kuljuntausta, guitar & electronics

Ann Rosén (SWE)
solo electronics with the candles and sensors

Duo Christian Kobi + Christian Müller
Christian Kobi (SUI), soprano saxophone
Christian Müller (SUI), bass-clarinet, sampler and electronic sound

Brinicle
Mike McCormick (CAN) electric guitar
Håkon Norby Bjørgo (NOR) double bass
Michaela Antalová (SVK) drums

City Mirage
Nina-Maria Oförsagd video
PerViktor Hjalmarsson (SWE) piano
Petri Kuljuntausta electronics and guitar
Philip Holm tailor’s fiddle, bass
Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo text reading
Sergio Castrillón (COL) cello
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MICHAEL J. SCHUMACHER

Composer Michael J. Schumacher (USA) has devised a portable multichannel sound system (the PMcSS) for the presentation and performance of his compositions and improvisations. Complete with speakers, amplifier, interface, wires and computer, the entire system weighs 30 pounds and can be carried in a suitcase and backpack. Schumacher has toured Europe with the system (a second tour is in May 2018) and given numerous one-off concerts in the United States, as soloist as well as with improvisors including instrumentalists from various musical disciplines, poets, dancers, performance artists and videoists. Currently, Schumacher has been presenting a set of compositions called Variations, a 45 minute set of short (3-7 minute) pieces that transpose the classical idea of variation into the areas of spatialization and timbre.

For more Info, see http://michaeljschumacher.com/
‘Composing is Listening’: https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/michael-j-schumacher-composing-is-listening/

Michael J. Schumacher’s lecture will be held earlier on that day at the Theatre Academy main building (Haapaniemenkatu 6). The lecture is open for the public.

 



ANN ROS​É​N​

CANDELA
Shadows and light, candles and sound. By moving lit candles and creating shadows with her hands Ann Rosén (SWE) ​creates live electronic music. Dark twisting harmonies, subliminal glitches and drones are counterpointed by fragile noise drops and the sound of a distant overclocked computer breaking down. The instrument is essentially a bowl equipped with candles, light sensors and a microprocessor that sends data to a synthesis engine. The instrument is very responsive to its surroundings and Ann Rosén can play by moving her instrument in relation to existing light and shadow patterns as well as directly manipulating the candles and sensors. Ann Rosén’s sound art involves expanding the palette of sounds with timbres using sensors to register changing tensions in cloth instruments to control computer generated sounds and processes. Glitches, sparks and clicks, white noise and electronic artefacts characterise Ann Rosén’s sound world, as do spatial soundscapes created using real-time synthesis.

www.storabarriarorkestern.se
www.annrosen.se
https://youtu.be/Zkr3l-hXxLA

 



CHRISTIAN KOBI – CHRISTIAN MÜLLER

A SECOND DAY
Christian Kobi (SUI) ​and Christian Müller (SUI) present with A Second Day a radical and novel sound world, in which they explore the sound potentialities of their reed instruments: bass clarinet and soprano saxophone. While the five pieces are based on precise concepts, they are played in a free and open way, emphasizing the instruments’ characteristics as well as the different musical approaches.

A Second Day is an exploration in the microstructures of sound. Christian Kobi uses a highly sensitive microphone to capture the rich acoustic sound and sound colors of his soprano saxophone. The electronic musician and clarinet player Christian Müller works with an experimental realtime-sampler and electronic sound effects to zoom into the sound objects played on his bass clarinet. As soulmates in the search for new sound qualities of their respective instruments Kobi and Müller create a subtle and peculiar sound universe.

http://www.christiankobi.ch/
http://www.christianmueller.me/
http://www.christianmueller.me/proj_kobimueller.html



BRINICLE

BRINICLE is an Oslo-based improvising trio comprised of Mike McCormick (CAN) on electric guitar, Håkon Norby Bjørgo (NOR) on upright bass, and Michaela Antalová (SVK) on drum kit and percussion. All highly dynamic and thoughtful instrumentalists, their performances can be unabashedly chaotic, introspectively calm, and anywhere in between.

After meeting in the fall of 2015, the members of BRINICLE quickly discovered their common interests in the energy and dynamism expressed by avant-garde improvisers and the exciting instrumental colours suggested by post-rockers, and began to make music that meets somewhere in the middle. In the last three years, they have played concerts in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland and their debut recording “First Frost” will be released in Spring 2018 on Creative Sources Recordings.

https://www.facebook.com/brinicleband/
https://mikemccormickmusic.com/music/brinicle/
https://soundcloud.com/brinicle-band



CITY MIRAGE

City Mirage (FIN/SWE) is a performing group that combines a video screening with improvised music, sound, text reading and performance. In City Mirage screenings different cities of Far East are brought together through a number of selected video sequences. The video is a visual score for live music improvisation. It gives impulses for the performers and form for the interpretation. The order and number of the video sequences is different in every performance. Thus every performance ​of the ​​City Mirage ​will be different and unique. ​​In City Mirage the main question is about how we sense and understand the environments, understand and visualize time by observing movement of its habitants and by studying historical layers of the spaces. Sounds shape our understanding of a place and open us different dimensions of time and space – leading and shaping our interpretation.

http://cargocollective.com/citymirage
https://vimeo.com/259431529

Lasse-Marc Riek & Verena Freyschmidt: Schattenpfade Helsinki

Lasse-Marc Riek & Verena Freyschmidt
Schattenpfade Helsinki

An audio-visual installation

Multichannel sounds, Paper Art, Light

Open: 3.-6.4.2018

Opening Hours: 14-18, Tue-Fri

The concert of Lasse-Marc Riek on Friday 6.4. at 18:30.



Schattenpfade Helsinki
An audio-visual installation by Verena Freyschmidt and Lasse-Marc Riek.

The walk-in installation piece “Schattenpfade” by Verena Freyschmidt and a multichannel sound-composition by Lasse-Marc Riek. The cut-out traces abstract forms and structures are emphasized in their interplay with light. Emanating from multiple locations in the space, the composition of natural and artificial sounds completes the cut-out and lets emerge in an enticing atmosphere of sound, light, and shadow.
This work is designed and composed for the Akusmata.

As part of the exhibition, there will be a Gruenrekorder stand with recordings from the publication catalog.

Lasse-Marc Riek

Lasse-Marc Riek (1975, Germany) uses different forms of expression in his production methods. His works are interdisciplinary and can be conceived as groups of works of both visual art (action and conceptual art) and sound art. His art of sound can be described in terms such as acoustic ecology, bio acoustics and soundscapes.

Here, Riek uses field recordings, storing them with different recording media, editing, archiving, and presenting them in different contexts.

Since 1997, he has operated internationally with exhibitions, releases, concerts, lectures, workshops, awards, and projects and given performances in galleries, art museums, churches, and universities. He has made contributions in the public media as well as in public radio and received scholarships and artist-in-residence programs realized in Europe and Africa.

Riek is the owner of Gruenrekorder label, which is specialised on soundscape music and sound art.


Verena Freyschmidt
Verena Freyschmidt (1975, Frankfurt Germany) studied history and art education in Gießen from 1996 to 2000. Until 2002 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Mainz and from 2002 to 2006 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Since the end of 2015 she has been teaching at the Alanus University for Art and Society in Alfter near Bonn. She lives and works in Dusseldorf.

“In my work, the organic structures in nature are important,” says Freyschmidt, “lines and natural spaces, actually inner landscapes.” And: “It also has something to do with research, the microcosm and the macrocosm.” She is interested in “the fractal geometry of nature”, but also works with directed coincidence.

Freyschmidts materials are mainly the paper, the pen and the scissors. According to Katja Ebert-Krüdener, she takes lines, structures and formations from what she has seen and remembered, and puts them into new contexts. This results in large-format paper cuts, as well as free artistic creations and nature’s impressions. Like organic processes, fractal structures are increasingly conquering space.”

VOIX – A Group Exhibition

VOIX

Variety of sounds and ties to realities

A Group Exhibition

Date: 26.2. – 9.3.

Opening time:  Mon – Fri, klo 14-18.

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The University of Lapland brings to Helsinki a VOIX sound exhibition with nine artists. In the works will be examined the own space, environment, mass tourism, world conflicts, musical dimensions and independence. Artists come from Finland and China.

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Artists:

Dao (CN)
Kari Hautanen
Pekka Kumpulainen
Heidi Kenttälä
Dawei Li (CN)
Roope Mäenpää
Markku Riipi
Jari Rinne
Heikki Timonen

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DAO: EMPTY JOY

[Empty Joy] is a sound acquisition project that started in June 2017. It takes about 2 months to collect the national traditional music, Shaman’s sacrificial music, sound of nature and atmosphere in southwest China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. The movie [Empty Joy VOL1/Nothing], as a part of sound art project [Empty Joy], takes the concept of sound movie, is the Dao’s extension and experiment in his work. The sound acquisition project collects various sound, including the sacrificial music from Miao(a minority in Asia) in Vietnam, the Jinuo traditional songs, noise from flea markets in Dali(a major city in Yunnan), the sound of Buddhists’ chanting and bell ringing in Polo Temple in mountains, the sound when people practicing White Crane boxing, the sound comes from hundreds of bats in deserted temple in Vietnam and the sound recorded from Dao’s improvisation with local musicians in a reggae bar on Khao San Road in Thailand. At the same time, he inserts the clues of his experience in the movie, which are three sections of Dao performing saxophone and cello in the street. Dao uses the materials as veins of the sound movie and his story, playing a non-vison, auditory stimulation based movie.

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DAWEI  LI: 1200 SECONDS OF SUNSHINE IN BERLIN

Some images do not need to be processed or modified, just recording real pictures. The secret is the image itself, and it shows some sights to you, just like a mirror. The experimental image of 1,200 seconds of sunlight in Berlin is a coincidence. When first coming to Berlin, I was impressed by its unsettled weather that sun and rain often appeared in one day. I often saw that amounts of clouds fluttered with the wind in a fine weather, sunshine constantly appearing among the clouds. This scenery is very common in Berlin, but it can show different conditions under different substances. In a morning, I got up, seeing the sunlight filtering through the curtain into my interim studio in Berlin, where the shadows and the sunlight were interlaced with the moving clouds. I didn’t open the curtain to see the flowing clouds and sunny sky, while picturing this beautiful moment. MI Lin and I quickly move out the window workbench, starting to record this scenery. Also, some words from us and some voice of cough were included, I didn’t delete these because they were also necessary parts in the image.

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KARI HAUTANEN: UMBRELLA

A downward umbrella is hanging from the ceiling, with a small loudspeaker attached to it. The sound of rain can be heard through the loudspeaker. The umbrella acts as a parabolic reflector that reflects the sounds directly down. The sound is only heard when a PIR motion sensor detects a potential listener below the umbrella. The sound is produced using an Arduino microcomputer and an included SD memory card, plus a small loudspeaker. The umbrella is made of transparent plastic, with diameter ca. 70 cm.

 

KARI HAUTANEN: MIRROR

A board, or mirror, in which the sound that is heard transforms according to the general colouring of clothing of an approaching person. The board is located on the wall, and a viewer is able to see his or her own reflection. The camera lens monitors an approaching viewer and draws its own conclusions about the colours and the matching sounds. The computer and other electronics needed to produce the sound are latent. Colour analysis is carried out using RGB and Luminance sensors. The sound is produced using an Arduino microcomputer and an included SD memory card. Size of the artwork is 28 x 28 cm, with depth ca. 7 cm.

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PEKKA KUMPULAINEN: BOUNDARY

This artwork deals with its own space. The space of the artwork is technically bounded using a booth resembling a polling booth, with handsets and a picture inside.

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HEIDI KENTTÄLÄ: MASS TOURISM

Mass Tourism is an acoustic tour to the core of Rovaniemi Christmas Tourism. Rovaniemi and Lapland are described as magical and mythical, the home of exotic Santa Claus, where the number of reindeer exceeds the number of people. Tourists are set to enjoy reindeer rides, huskies, snowmobiles, and cross the Arctic Circle. By documenting the Rovaniemi Christmas season, I wonder how the clichés related to Christmas Tourism do sound – or not. Welcome to the journey!

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ROOPE MÄENPÄÄ: SARABANDE

Pastiche of J.S. Bach´s (1685–1750) G-major solo cello series, part Sarabande 2018

In the metadata of music, a lot is talked about the similarities of cello sound and human voice. It is believed that people like any sound that matches their own communication style. The form of Bach’s dances is plaited into its simplest shape, which puts the instrument, its sound and the musician’s sensitivity on a pedestal. Can musical communication understood as a flowing? Audio – 3′

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MARKKU RIIPI: FINLAND 100

Finland 100 deals with 100 years of significant events in Finnish history from an author’s point of view. Those events – both happy and sad – that have been fixed in the depths of memories of authors as very important events. Duration ca. 27 min.

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JARI RINNE: SNOWBALL SOUNDS

Snowball Sounds is driven by speech and the sounds of situations. The sounds of the artwork have been collected from What’s up voice messages and vocal reports sent by young people, as well as from trips to Serbia, China, Russia and Utsjoki.

Speech is the cleanest subjectivity, the formation of identities and the positioning of self into a position. Sound produces and limits space which as a speech and act produces a social identity that is constantly changing. Alternative identities, consisting of self and other dialogic categorisation skills, as well as identification, are built for other people and the world in everyday speech. In the blizzard of speaking, self is a product of socialisation and my own subjectivity snowballs among others. The artwork deals with the identity of individuals as possible worlds, whose various facets are brought forth by the thoughts seeking to shape their piecemeal monologues. Bladdery conventions governing in a temporarily seeming society bring forth identity crystals approved by the community, and in their snowdrifts we build our own snowflakes for speeches. The sound compilation reflects on Gareth Dylan Smith’s “Snowball Self”, a conceptual notion that describes the construction of identity from multiple meta-identities and contextual identities.

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HEIKKI TIMONEN: SOLO FOR BALALAIKA – THE POLITICAL ACT

Solo for Balalaika – The Political Act – in my performance artwork, I express my political opinion on current international politics in the spirit of Fluxus art trend. This artwork is based on the famous international conflicts that we have regretfully had to follow in recent years. Video duration: 1 min 10 sec.

LIVE: Vongoiva

Vongoiva

‘The Web of Time’ / Ajan verkko, Album Release Event!

Audiovisual show by musician Heikki Lindgren and artist Ville Westerlund

Tuesday 23.1.2018
18.30 – 20:30 (Showtime 19:00)
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

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VONGOIVA

Vongoiva is an audiovisual collaboration by Heikki Lindgren and Ville Westerlund. At Akusmata they’ll create a performance following the themes of the new release, “The Web of Time”.

“The Web of Time” describes the concept of time acquired by our own experiences, how it flows inexorably onwards. Centuries change like the sparse strokes of a clock: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, the Middle Ages… Time before the human race and long after its end. Time when mankind learnt to enjoy beauty and began to create art.

We are accustomed to viewing the whole formation of our existence as past eras, with the present flowing into the past like a vast waterfall, carrying all the memories of humankind.

As a reminder of the very first moment of time, there is the constant hum of cosmic background radiation: a message from the very first oscillation, the moment when all matter was compressed into a single point. The moment when we all were one.

The composition concretizes time by way of image and sound. Depending on the position and velocity of the observer, sound condenses or stretches according to the Doppler effect. Redshift effect causes the same to happen to light. According to the relativistic Doppler-effect, the same analogy can be applied to the time itself when approaching the speed of light.

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Vongoiva on Heikki Lindgrenin ja Ville Westerlundin audiovisuaalinen kollaboraatio. Akusmatassa Vongoiva tekee esityksen kulkien uuden Ajan Verkko -julkaisun teemoissa.

Ajan verkko kuvaa oman kokemuksemme kautta saavutettua käsitystämme ajasta. Kuinka se kuluu eteenpäin vääjäämättömästi. Vuosisadat vaihtuvat kuin harvat kellonlyönnit. Kivikausi, pronssikausi, rautakausi, keskiaika…. Aika ennen ihmiskuntaa ja kauan sen jälkeen. Aika jolloin ihminen oppi nauttimaan kauneudesta ja alkoi kehittämään taiteita.

Olemme tottuneet tarkkailemaan koko olemassaolomme rakentumista menneinä kausina, nykyhetken vaipuessa tauotta osaksi historiaa kuin valtava putous, vieden tasapuolisesti koko ihmiskunnan muistot nykyhetkestä menneisyyteen.

Aivan aikojen alusta muistuttaa kaikkialla läsnä oleva kosmoksen taustakohina, joka on kuin meitä varten talletettu viesti ajan ensimmäisestä hetkestä. Siitä värähdyksestä, jolloin maailmankaikkeuden materia oli tiivistynyt yhteen pisteeseen. Hetkestä jolloin me kaikki olimme yhtä.

Teos konkretisoi äänen ja kuvan avulla aikaa, kuten tarkkailijan paikasta ja nopeudesta riippuen sama ääni joko tiivistyy tai venyy Doppler-ilmiön mukaisesti. Samalla tavalla käy valolle punasiirtymässä. Ja samaa analogiaa voi soveltaa myös ajalle relativistisen Doppler-siirtymän mukaan kun lähestytään valon nopeutta.

https://vongoiva.bandcamp.com/album/ajan-verkko

LIVE: Superalma Project (BRA) & Captain Heroin

SUPERALMA PROJECT (BRA)
CAPTAIN HEROIN


Wednesday 17.1.2018
18.30 – 22:00 (Showtime 19:00)
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

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Superalma Project (BRA)

Superalma Project was founded in 2014 by the Brazilian sound designer, music researcher and producer Igor Almeida.
The project aims to present a sound experience that unfolds through the mixing of a wide musical spectrum, bringing influences like dark ambient, drone, glitch, idm, noise and power electronics.

On January, 17th Akusmata Soundgallery presents a concert of Superalma Project, which is playing its 6th and 7th albums: “Cura circum animum mei intorquet ut in sella mei sedeo” and “Non – Genesis”, among new stuff!

https://superalma.bandcamp.com/
https://facebook.com/superalmaproject

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Captain Heroin

Helsinki based Experimental Ambient sound artist Fredrik Willberg brings forth conceptual and cinematic sounds inspired by desolation under the moniker Captain Heroin.
For the moment consumed by scavenging archived recordings he also does rare live events as will be witnessed at Akusmata Soundgallery 17th of January 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/captainheroin
https://captainheroin.bandcamp.com/

Lauri Luhta: Architecture of Right

 Lauri Luhta
Architecture of Right

16 November – 3 December 2017
Open Thursday – Sunday  2-6 pm
Opening: Wed 15 November 6-8 pm


Opening performance

At the opening of Lauri Luhta’s sound art exhibition Architecture of Right at Akusmata, Wednesday 15 November, a soundtrack to Jenni Luhta’s video Häivähdys parempaa maailmaa (“Glimpse of a Better World“) will be produced live. A work of video and environmental art carried by text, Häivähdys parempaa maailmaa was filmed in the same surroundings of Pihlajamäki, Helsinki, that the field recordings for Lauri’s Architecture of Right sound installation took place during this year. Jenni’s video was originally finished for Pihlajamäki’s Night of the Arts in August, 2009. The work was premiered at the local bar Ralli and later shown at Orion cinema in Spring, 2010 – without a soundtrack, which it has lacked for eight years.

Video is screened at 7:00 pm. Sound is mixed by Lauri.

Refreshments are provided by Jenni. Welcome!


Architecture of Right

Lauri Luhta’s sound art installation Architecture of Right is based on field recordings made in Pihlajamäki, Helsinki, during different seasons of the year 2017. Out of the material thus assembled, Luhta has crafted a circular, spatial-temporal composition, which one can go to.
A suburb erected in the the 1960s, Pihlajamäki is visually recognisable by its landforms, its buildings and the plan of its architecture. Pihlajamäki is carved in terrain risen from the primordial sea as a home for the people and as an image of the geometric and the organic, the rational and the expressive. In Architecture of Right, one observes what kind of aural living environment the walls and hollows of the area create and what the firmament of the sky above it sounds like.
In Architecture of Right, one is moving on the Right-Hand Path, the clear and plain road of right and truth that is narrow yet open to everyone. In the work, one steps in and stands still in the soundscape that always lies in the background of the existence of an inhabitant of Pihlajamäki, amidst the world, at the world’s centre. A world of sound with its different elements and little details, with its sounds of nature, men and machines, its children, birds and airplanes, is always waiting for the one who stops and settles down on land. When that depth is reached, its basis is mined for nourishment and understanding.
Architecture of Right is a work of the author for the neighbourhood that has become his new home region, a homage to its planners, builders and dwellers. The exhibition is also dedicated to the Republic of Finland, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary and whose bright noontime thinking Pihlajamäki represents.

Lauri Luhta (b. 1980, Vaasa) is a Helsinki-based sound, video, media and performance artist, organiser of art festivals and cultural events, document archivist, theologian, custodian of being.
Lauri Luhta’s Youtube channel:

Akusmata artists on YLE TV and Radio Broadcasts

Akusmata artists on YLE TV and Radio Broadcasts

Saturday 21.9.2017
YLE Radio1 News 17:00
YLE TV1 News 20:30
YLE News Article by Jussi Mankkinen


Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE visited at Akusmata Sound Festival during September 1st – 3rd 2017, recorded live performances and interviewed the performing artists. On Saturday, September 21st YLE broadcasted the interviews on YLE TV1 main evening News and earlier in the evening on YLE Radio1 News. A longer article was also published during the same day at YLE’s website. Included was also clips and interviews from Lovi-klubi / Lavaklubi event at the Finnish National Theatre.



‘New notes of Finnish experimental music. Many musicians are currently building their own instruments, and with traditional instruments they make bold experiments.’ /
   ‘Kokeellisen kotimaisen musiikin uusia nuotteja. Monet muusikot rakentavat tällä hetkellä soittimiaan itse ja perinteisilläkin soittimilla tehdään rohkeita kokeiluja.’
Sat 21.10.2017, klo 17.00
https://areena.yle.fi/1-4229791
Petteri Mäkiniemi, Tottumiskysymys & Ville Olaskari, Jarno Tikka – Suvi Linnovaara duo, Esa Ruoho, Juha-Matti Rautiainen.
‘Experimental Music Produces Unique Sounds’ /
‘Kokeellinen musiikki tuottaa ainutlaatuisia ääniä’

Sat 21.10.2017, klo 20.30
https://areena.yle.fi/1-3825304

Petteri Mäkiniemi, Tottumiskysymys & Ville Olaskari, Jarno Tikka – Suvi Linnovaara duo, Esa Ruoho, Juha-Matti Rautiainen.


Article

‘What a strange thing this is Ginette – in Finnish experimental music, original instruments are invented and musicians are happy in the margin’ /

  Mikä ihmeen Ginette – kotimaisessa kokeellisessa musiikissa keksitään omaperäisiä soittimia ja ollaan tyytyväisinä marginaalissa’
Sat 21.10.2017
https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-9892678
Petteri Mäkiniemi, Tottumiskysymys & Ville Olaskari, Jarno Tikka – Suvi Linnovaara duo, Desert M, Esa Ruoho, Juha-Matti Rautiainen.

Akusmata Sound Festival 2017

Akusmata Sound Festival 2017
1.9. – 3.9.2017

LIVE

WEDNESDAY 30.8.  |  18:00 – 22:00  |  Akusmata
Pre-Festival Event: City Escapes (EST, FIN)

 

FRIDAY 1.9.  |  19:00 – 22:00 Akusmata

Biblioteq Mdulair (SUI, FRA) & Synkie (SUI): Emma Souharce, Daniel Maszkowicz, Max Egger
dno< sound theater
(AUS, RUS): Denis Sorokin, Sergei Tumanov

 

SATURDAY 2.9.  |  19:00 – 22:00 |  Akusmata
Peak to Valley Ratio (DE): Adda Schade, David Krützkamp
Desert M (FIN): Valtteri Hyvärinen
Tottumiskysymys
(FIN): Olli Haveri, Jukka Laine, Ville Olaskari

 

SUNDAY 3.9.  |  18:00 – 22:00  |  Akusmata
Elías Merino (ESP)
Petteri Mäkiniemi (FIN)
Jarno Tikka & Suvi Linnovaara (FIN)
Housefire (USA):  Luciann Waldrup

20:00 Outdoor audiovisual concert | Tukholma park
City Mirage (SWE, FIN): Nina-Maria Oförsagd, PerViktor Hjalmarsson, Petri Kuljuntausta, Daniel Nyman, Jarno Tikka & Suvi Linnovaara

 

FULL PROGRAM (pdf)