Category: Audiovisual


Kenneth Kovasin: From Bow To Stem – A Daxophone Study

FROM BOW TO STEM – A DAXOPHONE STUDY

Kenneth Kovasin
Mon 3.8. – Fri 7.8.2020 at 14 – 18​.

​OPENING: Daxophone Concert by Kenneth Kovasin on Saturday 1.8. at 17:00.

From Bow to Stem – A Daxophone study

The installation “From Bow to Stem” is built around Finnish wood – the Appletree, Ash, Larch and Aspen. Kenneth Kovasin has designed 24 different Daxophone tongues of these four types of wood and built a sound installation that praises the soundscape of Finnish wood. Even an Aspen tongue that broke halfway through the recording of the piece is present. Three different soundboxes were used in the recordings.
Each wood is played from its own sound source creating ever-changing spatial sound in the gallery. The Daxophone recordings are repeated in random order regardless of each other.
The Daxophone tongues are like small beautiful wooden sculptures and the instrument produces unique and exciting sounds. The form of the tongues and choices of material affect the instruments sound in great extent.


Kenneth Kovasin is a sound artist and ambient musician from Helsinki, Finland. His works are often minimalistic and created with self-built instruments. Kenneth has toured festivals in the United States, Sweden and Estonia with his project [ówt krì] and has performed various concerts in Finland.
Kenneth’s first sound installation “Urban Evolution” was on display during the (con)temporary festival organized by LéSPACE in Helsinki 18.9–3.10.2015.
When not performing music Kenneth also produces concerts in cooperation with Sound gallery Akusmata. He is also one of the founding members of Frekvenssi, a collective aiding audial art in Finland.


The Daxophone

The Daxophone is an electromechanical experimental instrument invented by the German musician and instrument builder Hans Reichel (1949–2011) in the end of the 1980’s. The instruments sound is produced by friction and vibration.
The name is derived from the German word “dachs” standing for vole due to the strange, almost animal, sounds it produces. Reichel modified the word into ”dax” to mimic the saxophone by Adolphe Sax.
The Daxophone consists of a soundbox, installed with one or many contact microphones, and a wooden tongue clamped to the body. The body is placed on a tripod to provide more comfort for the performer. The Daxophone can also be made from metal or plastic but these materials will not enable as versatile tones as wood.
The instrument is played by rubbing the tongue with a bow and pushing down on the tongue with the “Dax”, a piece of wood formed as a wedge. The tongue can also be hit or plucked on. When playing the instrument, the tongue resonates, and the resonance is then transferred to the soundbox and it’s contact microphones that amplify the sound. The Daxophones scale is broad and the tone diverse. The sound depends in great extent on the used material, the shape of the tongue and where on the tongue the bow and Dax are being applied.
Compact wood like Ebony or Oak produce softer sounds whereas softer wood like Pine easily produce harsh sounds. Compact wood like Ebony or Oak produce mellow sounds whereas softer wood like Pine easily produce harsher sounds. The instrument scale is not as exact as on a guitar or other string instrument, but a fretboard can be installed on the Dax to provide for exact notes. The other side of the Dax is curved to enable smooth transitions between notes. Due to the fact that the Daxophone is an electronic instrument, different pedals and effects add to the versatility of the instrument.
Hans Reichel released his album ”The Dawn of Dachsman” in 1987 and this was the first time the Daxophone was heard in a musical piece. His 2002 release “Yuxo: A New Daxophone Operetta” gave the instrument broader attention. Still today the Daxophone remains a rarity. A musician interested in the instrument will have no other choice but to build one. The Daxophone is not mass-produced.
Reichel has illustrated plans and directions for building his instrument on his website and a skilled carpenter is thus able to build one.


AKUSMATA POLYPHONIC 2020

AKUSMATA POLYPHONIC 2020

Sound Art and Electronic Music weeks

Venue: Vuotalo Cultural Centre & Akusmata, Helsinki

  1. – 31.1.2020

17 days of adventurous music and sound art for adventurous minds!

AKUSMATA POLYPHONIC is an intensive sound art and electronic music event at Vuotalo Cultural Centre and Akusmata gallery in Helsinki. Invited musicians and sound artists are from Nordic countries, North America and Finland, offering for the audience a wide spectrum of new sonic expression from the fields of experimental electronic music, sound art and ambient. The program includes electronic music, do-it-yourself musical instruments, sound performances, and improvised music. Sound installations are open in the Vuotalo gallery and Akusmata gallery. The producer of the event is Akusmata, the first sound art gallery in Finland. The program and updates will be published at akusmata.com and Akusmata’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Akusmata. The Nordic artists are visiting as a part of the Puls concert program / Nordic Culture Fund.


CONCERT 1

Friday 17.1.2020 at 19:00

Place: Vuosali (Vuotalo), Mosaiikkitori 2, Helsinki

Performers:

Jacob Kirkegaard (DK)

Halldór Úlfarsson (IS) & Max Lilja duo

[ówt krì] & Lauri Peltonen

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CONCERT 2

Saturday 18.1.2020 at 19:00

Place: Vuosali (Vuotalo), Mosaiikkitori 2, Helsinki

Performers:

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard (DK)

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (IS)


EXHIBITION 1: ‘Earth.Water.Air.Fire’

Place: Vuotalo Gallery (Vuotalo), Mosaiikkitori 2, Helsinki.

Time: 14. – 25.1.2020 (during Vuotalo’s opening hours)

-Sound works by

Jukka Andersson

Ava Grayson (CAN)

Ana Gutieszca (MEX)

Mikko H. Haapoja

Esa Kotilainen

Petri Kuljuntausta

Heikki Lindgren

The exhibition is co-produced by Frekvenssi association.


EXHIBITION 2: ‘Kinaesthetic Poetry’ (with KuNuKu Choir)

Sound installation by Jaakko Autio

Place: Akusmata gallery, Tukholmankatu 7 K, Helsinki.

Time: 17. – 31.1.2020

Open: Mon to Fri between 14.00-18.00. Weekends 11.00-16.00.
(Closed 25-26.1).

Free entry

Sound installation is part of international Art’s birthday event on Fri 17.1.2020 at 17-20.


Supported by Nordisk Kulturfond / Puls, Kordelin Foundation and Vuotalo Cultural Centre.

Vuotalo exhibition is co-produced by Frekvenssi association.

Curated by Petri Kuljuntausta & Kenneth Kovasin / Akusmata Sound Gallery.


Contact

Akusmata

Tukholmankatu 7 K, 00270 Helsinki

galleria.akusmata@gmail.com

akusmata.com

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Vuotalo Cultural Centre

Mosaiikkitori 2, 00980 Helsinki

http://www.vuotalo.fi/en/about-us


WEB

Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), http://fonik.dk/about.html

Halldór Úlfarsson (IS) & Max Lilja duo, https://www.halldorophone.info/about/, http://maxlilja.com.

[ówt krì] & Lauri Peltonen, http://www.owtkri.org/

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard (DK), http://www.nielslyhne.com/

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (IS), http://www.bergrun.com/about

Ava Grayson (CAN), http://www.aigrayson.com/

Ana Gutieszca (MEX), http://www.anagutieszca.com/

Esa Kotilainen, https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esa_Kotilainen

Petri Kuljuntausta, http://kuljuntausta.com

Heikki Lindgren, http://akusmata.com/heikki-lindgren/

Mikko H. Haapoja, http://mikkohaapoja.net/

Jukka Andersson, http://akusmata.com/jukka-andersson/

Jaakko Autio, https://jaakkoautio.wordpress.com/


EEGsynth & Body Music demonstration by Oneplusoneisthree +guests

EEGsynth & Body Music demonstration
by Oneplusoneisthree (1+1=3) and guests

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Sat 28.9.2019 at 20:00 – 22:00


Oneplusoneisthree (1+1=3) is an artistic platform / community / ecosystem for research and performance. The collective includes musicians, neuroscientists and visual artists. We stage performances where we use real time EEG signals. We use the signals to control sounds, lights and images. Since 2014 we have performed in Sweden, Greece, France, Brazil, the UK and the US. To find out more, you find the 1+1=3 / EEGsynth CV here: http://www.visionforum.eu/113-cv/

What is the EEGsynth?
The EEGsynth is both a device and a collaborative interdisciplinary research project. As a device, it interfaces with the brain and body for artistic and scientific exploration, research and expression, allowing anyone to use their own brain and body activity to flexibly and powerfully control performative equipment in real-time. In short, it transforms electrophysiological signals (EEG, EMG and ECG) into analogue and digital control signals by means of sophisticated neuroscience signal analysis and custom-made hardware. As a project, it brings together musicians, artists, neuroscientists and developers to work together on technology for specific artistic performances.

Why the EEGsynth?
Progress in understanding the human brain is increasingly determining how we perceive ourselves and others. At the same time, new technologies are expanding the possible interactions between technology and the human brain. Brain-computer interfaces have recently become affordable for a wider public, allowing new artistic research into the human condition and new ways of artistic expression. However, to be able to exploit their full potential and to ensure the development of a lasting involvement of the art world in this contemporary dialogue, artists and neuroscientists have to co-create.

The current core group of the project is: Jean-Louis Huhta, Per Huttner, Robert Oostenveld, Samon Takahashi and Stephen Whitmarsh. Collaborative Partners include Selen Atasaoy, Carima Neusser, Marcos Lutyens and Hernan Anllo.

1+1=3 is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund, the Swedish Arts Grants Committe and Kulturbryggan; the EEGsynth is supported by Innovativ kultur, Stockholm County Council, the City of Stockholm and the Swedish Arts Council.

The 1+1=3 website
http://www.oneplusoneisthree.org

The EEGsynth website
http://www.eegsynth.org


As an additional performance Petri Kuljuntausta (brain interface) and Eleni Tsitsirikou (arm interface) performed as the soloists of the 1+1=3 group.

Helsingin reitit – The Routes of Helsinki 2010-2020

Helsingin reitit – The Routes of Helsinki 2010-2020

Open: 6.-19.9.2019 Tue-Thu & Sat-Sun 14-18 (Mon & Fri closed)
Opening: Thursday, 5.9.2019 at 17.00 – 20.00.

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Opening LIVE EVENT on Thursday, 5.9.2019, at 18.00

illmari (spoken word)

Mikko H. Haapoja (jouhikko, soundscapes)

Elina Aho-Brennan (live painting)


How does the city sound and how does it feel to just listen the city? The Routes of Helsinki leads one to a sonic journey from the rapids of Vanhakaupunki to bright summer nights in downtown and to listen the sounds recorded inside the Hanasaari B coal power plant.

The Routes of Helsinki (Helsingin reitit) is a soundscape project created by media & sound artist Mikko H. Haapoja and it consists of various audio-visual and sound art works. The project has focused on the changing soundscapes of Helsinki since 2010, on boundaries between nature and the city. In addition to the sound art compositions and media art installations, The Routes of Helsinki offers ’Sound Landscapes’ performances with live painting, music and urban poetry.

The Routes of Helsinki 2010-2020 exhibition offers inspiring urban exploring in the form of rare and familiar Helsinki sounds, and its first installation will happen in Sound Art Gallery Akusmata in September 2019.


Mikko H. Haapoja is a versatile media artist & music professional – a producer, composer, musician and sound engineer from Helsinki, Finland. Haapoja works fluently with various music genres from acoustic folk music to contemporary electronic music, from alternative rap to indie pop.

Since 2014, Haapoja’s media & sound art projects The Routes of Helsinki & Oases from HEL have been presented in many galleries in Helsinki and New York, in Helsinki City Museum and in public city space, including metro platforms of Helsinki Central Railway station. Meanwhile, Haapoja has also recorded and mixed various global music albums like Okra Playground’s ‘Turmio’ and Nathan Riki Thomson solo LP.

Live: BRAIDEDSOUND (USA/CAN/NL/FI)

BraidedSOUND

(full band + duo & trio)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Showtime 19:00, doors 18:30


BraidedSOUND is a series of improvisational site-specific experimental ensembles that operate off a graphic score designed by Jesse Perlstein. These performances celebrate collaboration, improvisation and interpretation, ensuring that each performance is a unique experiment unto itself. Braided Sound also strives to be as global as possible, connecting artists from different backgrounds, genres and cultures both musically and spiritually.

For BraidedSOUND’s Helsinki debut we have invited some amazing local musicians (and two foreign) to join the ensemble.


BraidedSOUND
[helsinki ensemble] – audio/video
from USA/Canada:
JEREMY YOUNG (piezo’d surfaces + oscillators)
https://cargocollective.com/jeremyyoung
JESSE PERLSTEIN (vox + field recordings on tape)
https://jesseperlstein.com
from Netherlands/Helsinki:
MARLOES VAN SON (electronics)
https://www.marloesvanson.nl
ALEX VAN GIERSBERGEN (visuals)
http://wtf0.nl/
TYTTI AROLA (violin + electronics)
https://www.tyttiarola.com/
PETRI KULJUNTAUSTA (guitar)
http://kuljuntausta.com/

Every performance is a chance to rethink the very building blocks upon which my compositional practice is founded, but invitational opportunities to perform with new creative collaborators in far away countries welcome both excitement and logistical challenges.

While this project draws on a deep familiarity with graphically notated score history, from that of Cage and Cardew and Stockhausen among many others, BraidedSOUND distances itself from the aesthetics and behaviors of “concert music” almost entirely—we are rather seeking to explore and define a contemporary use of the graphic score as a map, the compass and legend of which must be figured out with every single new performance, by every participating artist, together as a unit, in every new space and every different city, and using the hybrid sonic avenues of electronic and acoustic elements as its toolkit.

‘Helsinki Score’


Ääniaalto IV: Sound Art Exhibition

Ääniaalto IV: Sound Art Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: Wed-Sat 13.-16.3.2019

Opening time: 16:00-20:00 daily

LIVE Concert I: Friday 15.3.2019 at 18:00.

LIVE Concert II: Saturday 16.3.2019 at 18:00.

Free entry


ÄÄNIAALTO, the annual festival of audiovisual oddity, exhibits multichannel audio, VR, interactive and bioart sonic installations from Wednesday 13.3 to Saturday 16.3 at Akusmata. The official opening of the exhibition is on Wednesday 13.3 at 17:00.

We are collaborating with Akusmata to display the works of LenaoooYuki, Olga Palomäki, Otso Sorvettula and Lauri Linna. The programme also includes two live performance, Stephen Christopher Stamper on Friday 15.3 and Autotel with his Calculeitors on Saturday 16.3.


LenaoooYuki – Sonic Illustrations

The room is divided into areas, which address different momentums of senses (visual, acoustic, durational, pictorial, spatial, associative, …) in which thoughts about sounds could be crystallized within one’s mind. Different brain areas might be observed in a proprioceptive way. A sense for the notion of a virtual representation of a real object or the perceptive split when encountering a media depicted person in real life might be considered a relatively new perceptive momentum.

Thinking of how to relate to sound / sonic phenomena throughout the ever-changing ecology of perception in analog / digital constellations (after Bergson) is possible.

The VR part is through thin acoustic wires fusing a virtual space and the mostly analog experience corners of the exhibition space to symbolize a mind which might be in a future a fusion of analog and digital experiences and therefore bodily partly detached memories. The virtual reality part is a collaboration with artist / musician Carlos Ortiz (Colombia), graduate from University of Arts, Berlin.

(The installation is through its chemical compounds and emotional experience range supposed to be child friendly.)

Lena Andrea Haberberger, former exchange student at Sound in New Media (Aalto University Helsinki, Department of Arts, Design & Architecture) and graduate in Sound Studies (University of Arts, Berlin), is at the moment engaging philosophically and artistically with synaesthetic or inter-modal phenomena that might depict experiences or phenomena in a figurative and illustrative way.


Olga Palomäki – Water Connection

Water Connection (2019), is a 4-channel sound installation. The work is based on field recordings that were made in the Lofoten Islands, Norway last year. The recordings consist both of man-made and natural sounds, mostly those that are specific to the place. The recorded sounds were deconstructed and modified in the pursuit of creating an otherworldly, dreamlike and hypnotic soundscape out of them. Water Connection combines elements of sound art and experimental music. Minimalist drones, beats and harmonies, the musical elements of this three-dimensional composition, transform into a sonic representation of an imaginary place and vice versa.

Olga Palomäki (*1980) is a visual and sound artist based in Helsinki, Finland. S/he is fascinated by the lost, forgotten and the unseen. Palomäki makes experimental sounds based on field recordings. Olga’s sound works are influenced by dark ambient- and drone music. S/he captures man-made sounds and background noise, using them as instruments by modifying the recordings and shaping them into a new form. Palomäki makes videos that illustrate the sounds: music videos and visuals for performing live.

Palomäki’s works have been on display in several solo and joint exhibitions, radio shows and sound art/experimental music events, film and video festivals and screenings in Finland and other European countries. Palomäki has perfomed live at different venues in Finland and abroad. S/he graduated from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Fine Arts Programme in 2007.


Otso Sorvettula – About Time

Sound has an inevitable relationship with time. Even when recorded and played back, sound is sensed at the present moment, one tiny chunk at a time. Sound exists only when it already ceases to exist. Light seems less tied to the dimension of time. Light can be recorded for years and the recording can be sensed at a glance.
The starting point of the work is the relationship between sound, light and time. Lamp cycles through different stages and light creates a sound that exists only at the moment of hearing. Observer inevitably affects the events by being present.
The work consists of a lamp and an array of light sensors. Sensors transform the emitted light into electrical voltage. The voltage then controls an analog synthesizer that creates the soundscape.

Otso Sorvettula is a media artist, maker and designer from Helsinki working with experimental media, sounds, visuals, DIY instruments and software. He is interested in mistakes, interference, aberrations and surprising harmonies. His works range from interactive installations to educational workshops exploring creative and expressive possibilities of both new and obsolete technologies. Currently Otso is finishing his Master of Arts degree at Media Lab in Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture.


Lauri Linna – Plants Pushing Buttons

Plants move very slow and usually we humans don’t see it happen. The installation “Plants Pushing Buttons” offers plants buttons to push. As the plant moves on top of the button a sound is played. It’s unclear can the plant understand the connection between its movement and the change in the soundscape. But what is clear is that when a plant is introduced to a button it likes to press on it. The plants also get bored and don’t push the button if the sound file of the button isn’t changed once in awhile.

Recent research has found that plants react to the sounds of running water and caterpillars munching on leaves. Another research found that plants also emit some kind of vibration that travels in air. Maybe insects and other plants hear it? Maybe it affects us too?

Special thanks to Marloes van Son for electronics coaching.

Lauri Linna is a Helsinki based artist. He works with plants, gardening, moving image, sound and electronics. Since 2014 he has been studying carrot – human relationship in his project PORK KANA CAR ROT. Other fields of interest are plant behavior and intelligence, plant – machine relationship and plant related technology. Linna is a recent Master of Arts from Aalto University’s Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) program.


Stephen Christopher Stamper: Live Concert

Friday 15.3.2019 at 18:00.

For this intimate performance, Stephen will be using the open-source audio and video programming environment Pure Data to generate and process acoustic feedback from an unamplified MacBook Pro.

Stephen Christopher Stamper is a British-born artist and immigrant living and working in Helsinki.

Through sound work, installation and performance, Stephen has explored themes of decay, memory and obsolescence, the body and its relationship to illness, the manipulation and execution of code by machine, and extreme metal music culture.


Autotel & co: Live Concert

Saturday 16.3.2019 at 18:00.

Autotel invites anyone interested in generative and electronic danceable music to jam with him and his Calculeitors. You can jam with Autotel’s Calculeitors or bring your own synth, just don’t forget your cables! This jam will be the closing ceremony of ÄÄNIAALTO sound art exhibition.

Autotel is an art engineer & electronic musician. On his current project, Autotel is exploring how music can be composed in the spot, according to the flow of the party. For this, he has created a unique live setup that he virtuously performs in the stage, capturing people’s attention. Autotel’s style is recognized as strongly rhythmic and organic. Depending on the audience, music may go along the lines of house music or dive into techno.

LIVE: MULTI-HAT EVENT

MULTI-HAT EVENT

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 20:30-24:00

Place: Lavaklubi, Kansallisteatteri (National Theatre)

Address: Läntinen Teatterikuja 1, Helsinki

Free admission


Multi-Hat Event

An evening of video art, music, sound, performance art, design and conversation.

Special guest: video and performance artist Barbara Rosenthal (USA).

 

ARTISTS

Video + Sound, performance – Barbara Rosenthal
Co-hosts – Charlie Morrow, Maija-Leena Remes
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Video graphics + Music – Otto Romanowski
Sounds – Juhani Liimatainen
Sound poet – Juha Valkeapää
Video + Sound – Petri Kuljuntausta
Video, new city project – Martti Aiha
Video + Multitrack sound – Olga Palomäki
Turntable – Harri Koskinen
Video + Sound – Remes & Morrow
3D sound-masking, soundscapes – MorrowSound


SOUND POETRY
Juha Valkeapää & Juhani Liimatainen: Winter Birds
Charlie Morrow: Arctic Sounds (video+audio)

VIDEO WORKS
Barbara Rosenthal: Two Mediated Performances:
1. I’m Growing Up (using projected masks)
2. Existential Photo-Run (blind scrambles through her own projected, distorted photographs)

Martti Aiha: Sculpture Dance & UrBaana
Petri Kuljuntausta: Handshake (with live soundtrack)
Remes & Morrow: Two Cellos 1-2 (performers Juho Laitinen, Seeti Laitinen) & Time Spiral (Hannu Kähönen, designer)
Olga Palomäki: Parallel Landscape I-II
Otto Romanowski: Border

DESIGN
Harri Koskinen: Turntable (the performers will play the instrument during the evening).

DISCUSSION
All artists.


Barbara Rosenthal (born in the Bronx, lives in New York City) is an American avant-garde artist, writer and performer. Her existential themes have contributed to contemporary art and philosophy. Her pseudonyms include “Homo Futurus,” taken from the title of one of her books, and “Cassandra-on-the-Hudson”, which alludes to her studio and residence since 1998 on the Hudson River in Greenwich Village, NYC, and “the dangerous world she envisions”.
Rosenthal is idiosyncratic and prolific. She is known for often revisiting past works, recombining old elements with new, and often appears in her work in some way. These may include x-rays, brain scans and clothing. Sometimes she utilizes physical or textual elements from her journals. As a creative artist within the fields of surrealism and existentialism, Rosenthal brings existential content, via the subconscious, to conceptual art and is known for her intense introspection. and by using herself “as a guinea pig”, explores what it means to be human. Her personal vision evolves with advancing technology.
As an artist, Rosenthal is known as an Old Master of New Media because of her long history in media including photography, video, performance, projection installation, interactive, electronic and digital media, text, collage, prints, artists’ books and objects. Almost all are produced in editions. Most combine camera, text and performative aspects. Elements of Rosenthal’s body of work, “Surreal Photography” are often present.
http://www.barbararosenthal.org/

Note: On Monday 28.1.2019, 18:00-21:00, Barbara Rosenthal event is at Vuotalo, Vuosaari Helsinki. Discussion at 17:00 at Vuotalo Cafe. See more about the event.


Charlie Morrow (born in Newark NJ, based in Barton, Vermont and Helsinki ) is an American sound artist, composer, conceptualist and performer. His creative projects have included chanting and healing works, museum and gallery installations, large-scale festival events, radio and TV broadcasts, film soundtracks, commercial sound design and advertising jingles. He holds patents in immersive sound method and believes: “the future lies in composing environments as well as music as we know it: bringing the skills of composition to where we live, work and circulate, as in a city.” Born to a family of doctors and inventors, Morrow uses his creativity to make tools to share with others—not only musicians and sound artists, but teachers, architects, and engineers – “so that they might create positive spaces for work, education, and healing.” He is creative director of Charles Morrow Productions LLC CMP PBP. www.charliemorrow.com, www.morrowsound.com


Olga Palomäki is a visual and sound artist. S/he is fascinated by the lost, forgotten and the unseen. Palomäki makes experimental sounds based on field recordings. Olga’s sound works are influenced by dark ambient- and drone music. S/he captures man-made sounds and background noise, using them as instrumenta by modifying the recordings and shaping them into a new form. Palomäki makes videos that illustrate the world created by the sounds. Palomäki’s works have been on display in several solo- and joint exhibitions, radio shows and sound art/experimental music events, film- and video festivals and screenings in Finland and several other European countries. Palomäki has perfomed live at different venues in Finland and abroad. S/he graduated from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Fine Arts Programme in 2007. http://olgapalomaki.net/


Maija-Leena Remes is editor, writer and translator in multiple languages. She creates and develops MorrowSound presentations, exhibitions, installations and business in Europe and in the USA. She has produced 3D sound recordings, videos and interactive media. She created the Modern English libretto and subtitles for MorrowSound’s DVD Beowulf, featuring Ben Bagby singing solo in Old English. She edited the MorrowSound Empire State Building audio tour script and supervised its translation into seven foreign languages. She is editor of medical, technological and literary texts for various international clients. She is literary translator of essays and 30 books for numerous publishing houses. As a permanent free-lance journalist of the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, she translated, edited and directed production of subtitles and voice-overs, ranging from plays, movies, songs and documentaries to children’s programs. Her hobby is music and she is an amateur violist. As a child she was singer and performer on YLE Radio. With Charlie Morrow, she is co-producer of video works including Two Cellos and Time Spiral.


Martti Aiha is a widely acknowledged artist, not least for public sculptures in Helsinki such as the starkly monumental Rumba (1992) at Salmisaari and the more ambient Länsilinkki (2011), an artistic articulation of a bridge for the ‘Western Link’ highway. Aiha’s idiosyncratic mix of frivolous automatism, reliable craftsmanship and heavy-duty construction became a hallmark of Finnish art in the 1980s and also earned him a following in the other Nordic countries. He was, for instance, awarded the Prince Eugene Medal in Sweden in 2013. His new book- Martti Aiha: Drawings published by Parus Verus.


Otto Romanowski has studied the theory of music, computer music and composing at the Sibelius Academy, in addition to musicology at the Helsinki University. Romanowski is one of the most notable Finnish authorities in computer music. His works are essentially interdisciplinary and inter artistic, and since 1990 he has concentrated also on creating computer graphics and multimedia. Romanowski is a renowned lecturer in music technology and is currently employed as a lecturer at the Sibelius Academy Department of Music Technology in the University of the Arts Helsinki. http://romanowski.art

Border, (video+audio)
In the concert, we will hear version with real-time improvisation. Total dur. about 5-7′. Border is simple by definition, but many borders are actually very complex (mentally, culturally or politically). Hopefully world and people would need less and less borders.


Juha Valkeapää & Juhani Liimatainen

Juhani Liimatainen is a Finnish sound designer and sound artist who worked as a sound designer at Yleisradio (Finnish Broadcasting Company) between 1974-2002, and as a professor of sound design at the Theatre Academy of the University of Arts, Finland. At Yleisradio he maintained and developed the Experimental Studio, taught composers and musicians, and oversaw the design and execution of live electronics for studio and concert productions. He has done studio work with composers such as Paavo Heininen, Magnus Lindberg, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kaija Saariaho, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Since 2002 Liimatainen has been professor of sound design at the Theatre Academy of Finland. He is a longtime member of the Toimii Ensemble, where he has been responsible for sound reproduction, live electronics, tapes, and videos, and with which he has appeared frequently as part of the solo group in Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft. He has also worked with the Avanti! orchestra and the Finnish Theater Orchestra, among other ensembles, and has performed with the groups Free Okapi, Son Panic and HumppAvanti! Liimatainen’s sound design and compositional work includes numerous theatrical productions, operas, festivals, and recordings.

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Juha Valkeapää is a vocal artist and performance maker with a 25-year long career of performances, installations, radio pieces and soundscapes – solos and various group works – vocal & sound & performance art, theatre, music, dance. The key elements of his art are voice / sound, presence, space and improvisation. Juha is more than a vocal artist and performance maker. The subject sets the form: most of his art is based on sound and performance, but if the subject demands a three-meter high wooden guy, he will sculpt one, and if it needs a book, he will write one. Wooden Guy is a sound sculpture. He performs with it in A Guy and a Wooden Guy. And he has written a booklet, with the same title, of the process of making it & other stuff.

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Winter Birds

The duo creates a scenery of everyday and mythological birds, like sparrow, great tit, starling, pigeon, seagull, swan, eagle owl, raven, loon, cuckoo, phoenix, and Tux penguin. Juhani plays synthesizers, Juha his voice. And they dress in feathers. The Bird Concert’s first version was performed at Saaren kartano in May 2018.


Petri Kuljuntausta is a composer, improviser, musician, and sonic artist. He has performed underwater 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, live-electronics, and installation art. 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. http://kuljuntausta.com/


Harri Koskinen has an uncompromising, bold design aesthetic that has gained him international renown since the early days of his career. Practicality, a spare style and a conceptual approach to product and spatial design are Koskinen’s trademarks. Founded in 2000, Koskinen’s creative industrial design agency Friends of Industry Ltd. is involved in concept and product design. In 2009, Koskinen launched his first namesake furniture collection, Harri Koskinen Works.
Koskinen’s works have been on display in exhibitions around the world. He has been awarded several major design prizes, such as the Kaj Franck Design Prize (2014), Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize (2009), the Pro Finlandia Medal (2007) and the Compasso d’Oro prize (2004). His clients include Alessi, Arabia, Artek, Cassina IXC, Design House Stockholm, Finlandia Vodka Worldwide, Gallerie Kreo, Genelec, Iittala, Issey Miyake, Montina, Muji, Panasonic, Seiko Instruments Inc., Swarovski, Venini and Woodnotes.

 

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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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