Category: Audiovisual


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) 

City Escapes

City Escapes (EST, FIN)

Thursday 24.8.2017
18.00 – 22:00

Installation opens at 18:00
Live concert starts at 20:30

Taiteiden yö / Night of the Arts Event


City Escapes:

Vesa Kartesalo (FIN), synths, keys
Evelin Kask (EST), visuals, video
Annika Laaksonen (FIN), voice, electronics
Tuomo Noppari (FIN), sounds, electronics

 

City Escapes is a cross-disciplinary art work between three musicians and one visual artist. In this site-specific work, sound and visuals cross and merge a constant dialogue. City Escapes consists of half-improvised electronic sounds and poetry singing, physical installation and video work. It focuses on the fragmentation of our time: we exist in one physical place, yet we exceed it, functioning simultaneously in-between parallel mental spaces, spaces of otherness.

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Vesa Kartesalo is an electronic music producer. He has deepened his understanding of electronic sound by designing and assembling parts of his modular system himself. Currently his work relies heavily on unconventional melodies, harmonies and rhythms, remaining rooted in the mainstream electonic and pop music.

Evelin Kask is a visual artist working mainly with the concepts of time and entropy, and the cyclic process of creation, destruction and recreation. She has exhibited in Finland and abroad, and works often across the field in collaboration with other artists.

Annika Laaksonen has a long history of singing different genres of music. Last few years she has been concentrating on electronic material including producing it on her own under the name of Blankau. On this night, she will use her ethereal yet soulful voice through a looping station.

Tuomo Noppari is a multi-instrumentalist with a taste for wide range of music. He’s known from the bands such as ‘N Stuff, Klasu and Koria Kitten Riot. He has also composed music for theater plays.

City Escapes on kolmen muusikon ja yhden visuaalisen taiteilijan välinen vuorovaikutteinen, puoli-improvisoitu tilateos, jossa ääni ja visuaalisuus lomittuvat toisiinsa toisiaan täydentäen, kommentoiden ja kumoten. City Escapes rakentuu tilaan levittäytyvästä installaatioteoksesta, puoli-improvisoidusta ääniteoksesta ja videoteoksesta. Ääniteoksessa yhdistyvät elektroniset biitit, kuplivat synamatot sekä runomuotoinen laulu.

City Escapes pohtii ajallemme tyypillistä tilan fragmentoitumista ja pirstaleisuutta. Olemme fyysisesti yhdessä tilassa ja silti muualla, virittäydymme samanaikaisissa rinnakkaisissa tiloissa, liikumme niiden välillä tietoisesti ja tiedostamatta.

LIVE: City Mirage video / concert

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City Mirage

Video Screening with live music
Friday 19.5.2017
Starting time: 19:00
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee
Live Stream here or here.

Nina-Maria Oförsagd, Video (FIN)
PerViktor Hjalmarsson, Piano, Performance (SWE)
Petri Kuljuntausta, Sounds, Guitar (FIN)
Ilkka Hanski, Double-Bass (FIN)
Daniel Nyman, Slam Poetry, Performance, Percussion (FIN)

City Mirage

Video: (16:9, HD , 2014-2017 ) directed by Nina Oförsagd

Music: collective live improvisation w/ performative elements

In City Mirage, different cities from Europe and Far East are brought together through several video sequences.

In City Mirage, it is question about trying to understand how we comprehend our surrounding by observing movement of the urban habitants and 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.

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. City Mirage is an ongoing project and after Akusmata the project will head to Estonia, Sweden and Taiwan.

More information here.

Thank you Grönqvistska stiftelsen, Svenska
kulturfonden, and Stina Krooks Stiftelse for art prize.

LIVE: Francesco Cavaliere (ITA), Nuslux, Half a Map

FRANCESCO CAVALIERE (ITA)
NUSLUX
HALF A MAP

Produced w/ Mental Alaska


Tuesday 25.4.2017, klo 18-21
Akusmata, Tukholmankatu 7 K, Hki
Tickets: 5e

More: Facebook


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Francesco Cavaliere (ITA)

Francesco Cavalieren ainutlaatuinen tyyli on vuosien keikkailun ja studiotyöskentelyn tulos. Hän on koonnut uskomattoman laajan arkiston itsetehtyjä ääniefektejä ja eksoottisia rytmejä, joita hän yhdistelee omaan kertojanääneensä.

Cavaliere ammentaa vaikutteensa mm. äänirunoudesta ja surrealismista. Hänen viimeisimmästä luomuksestaan “Gancio Cielo” on toistaiseksi ilmestynyt kaksi osaa. Tässä maailmassa alkemia ja scifi kohtaavat, kun absurdi ja intensiivinen tarinankerronta kulkee rinta rinnan vastustamattomasti muljahtelevien biittien kanssa. Cavaliere on kehitellyt universuminsa asukkaiksi hillittömän olentokavalkadin. Cavalieren esiintyessä kielirajat murtuvat musiikin ja tarinankerronnan sulautuessa toisiinsa. Kokonaisuus noudattaa kuitenkin aina omaa erikoista logiikkaansa ja kuulija tempautuu mukaan ihmeellisten kertomusten käänteisiin.

Soundcloud


NUSLUX

Nuslux eli Roope Eronen kuvailee musiikkiaan seuraavasti:

“Keikoillani teen musiikkia täysin improvisoiden. Pidän esiintymiseni itselleni mielenkiintoisina tätä kautta. Samalla improvisaatio säästää aikaa ja vaivaa keikan valmisteluista. Toisaalta se on henkisesti raskaampaa kuin hyvin valmisteltu keikka. Konserteissani pyrin luomaan jonkun hallitsemattoman elementin, kuten aikoinaan oikosulkusyntetisaattorin, tai nykyään epäsynkassa olevat luupit. Pyrin reagoimaan siihen ja tekemään siitä ja soitostani mahdollisimman ihmeellistä musiikkia. Soittiminani käytän yleensä paria yksinkertaista syntetisaattoria sekä joitakin efektejä. Joskus käytän myös kasettisoittimia ynnä muuta mitä käsiini sattuu.”

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HALF A MAP

Half a Map eli äänisuunnittelija Jukka Vallisto tekee musiikkia, joka on liian hyvää jäädäkseen maan alle. Genrerajoja kumartamatta hän yhdistää eri äänielementtejä, taputuksia, jousia, kitarariffejä, puhepätkiä ja mustaa laulua. Lopputulos ei ole leftfieldiä, downtempoa tai IDM:ää, vaan häntä itseään. Vallisto on asunut Lontoossa ja hänestä on sanottu: “Jukka Vallisto on suomalaisen elektronisen musiikin parhaiten varjeltuja salaisuuksia”.

Elias Pöyliö: Resting Place

Elias Pöyliö

Resting Place

17.3. – 30.3.2017
Mon-Fri 14.00-18:00 PM
Sat-Sun 14.00-17:00 PM

Elias Pöyliö’s Opening Concert on Thursday, 16.3.2017, 19:00 PM.

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Resting Place is an installation of abandoned consumer electronics and appliances salvaged from trash and flea markets. It gives them a voice that is something completely different from their intended purpose. They hiss, clatter and radiate.

Material for the installation comes from “byproducts” that the devices produce while functioning. Physical movement of desk fans, static noise from an obsolete television and electromagnetic vibration created by power supplies are all blended and smudged through different effects. All the parts combined they form a physical object, that plays it’s own music.

When a device becomes useless through breaking down or releasing of a new model they get usually sent out of sight, to another dimension. This dimension resides often in West-Africa, India or China. Consumer doesn’t accept that there are things that do not serve any purpose in the cycle of functioning. In the exhibition this waste stands not as a form of art made from recycled materials, but as it is – as matter.

Elias Pöyliö performs experimental music under pseudonym Fell Hand. His soundscape bears signs from noise, industrial and techno. His installation is his first public exhibition in a gallery surrounding.

LIVE: Nikolas List (USA) / Esa Ruoho / Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

LIVE: Nikolas List (USA) / Esa Ruoho / Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

Friday 17.3.2017
Doors: 19:00 PM
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

Akusmata Sound Gallery
Tukholmankatu 7, Helsinki

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Nikolas List (USA)

Nikolas List is an American/Mexican music producer and filmmaker currently based in Brussels. His approach to making music draws on his cinematographic background and his conviction that there is beauty and music in every sound.
His live performances are designed to be unique, immersive experiences where the listener is free to either dance, meditate or just bask in exciting and enticing soundscapes.

http://www.nikolaslist.com/

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Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen is a Finnish composer, writer and visual artist. His works are mainly experimental, computer- oriented including algorithmic composing methods. Compositions consists of chamber music, solo works, microtonal and post-minimal music. He has experimented also combining various genres and styles like techno, IDM, breaks and glitch with computer assisted composing systems.

https://jukkapekkakervinen.bandcamp.com/

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Esa Ruoho

When your dad is a maverick that builds his own antennas to listen-in on distant and obscure radio-stations worldwide and eventually solders together a computer from a DIY kit, hooking up a mono speaker to hear the cassette tape loading programs – and your earliest memories are these sounds of raw data being fed into the machine, the resulting computer beeps and boops and a visual of an asterisk shooting minuses at numbers, you’ll either get yourself committed at an early age or wind up twiddling that dial on the radio in your room.
If you then accidentally hear your first episode of the legendary ambient radioshow Avaruusromua, you’re pretty much done for. Suddenly you do a timewarp from listening to computer music to recording found sound, hums, hisses and blissing out on being sent a soundbite of ice creaking.
Induction microphones, hydrophones, electromagnetic listening devices? Hook those up to free energy apparatuses and alternative healing devices.
Lets push everything as far as it can go and create wall-to-wall noise to drown out the mental debris and the misfiring synapses of your poor ol’ head.

www.lackluster.org/

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akusmata.com

Kolmiotaajuus

Kolmiotaajuus

6.2.-17.2.2017
Mon-Fri 14.00-18:00 PM

Exhibition opening and Live Performance on Friday, 3.2.2017, 18:00 PM.

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Kolmiotaajuus – “Triangle Frequency” – is a sound installation that consists of three looping “endless tapes” of varying lengths and a projected video loop. The installation examines both how improvised music recorded by three musicians in separate sessions combines to create a greater whole when played together as well as how endlessly looping music recorded onto a cassette tape can work as a living, changing music experience due to its physical format.

The sonic element of the installation comprises one five-minute tape, one ten-minute tape and one twelve-minute tape, which means the sound will loop every 60 minutes. However, small irregularities in tape lengths, the length of the video loop and the degradation of the tapes due to continued play ensure that even though the components of the installation have been recorded in advance, it will never repeat itself in the exact same way and will in fact change slightly during the exhibition period. The tapes will also be played from different starting points on every day of the exhibition.

Kolmiotaajuus, founded in 2014, is a three-member band that plays improvised electronic ambient music. The three members Jukka Eerikäinen, Valtteri Hyvärinen and Arttu Ronkainen come from different musical backgrounds and have various bands, projects and interests. Kolmiotaajuus has performed live actively since 2015 in and outside Finland and released its first LP, compiled from live recordings from the year 2015, in early 2016.

LIVE: Tatsuru Arai (JPN) & David Petráš (SVK)

Tatsuru Arai (JPN) & David Petráš (SVK)

Fri 20.1.2017
Doors: 19.00
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

The concert is part of the Experi-MENTAL Festival.

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David Petráš: Live Performance

David Petráš (b. 1994) is a Slovakian guitarist who writes electroacoustic music and presents it in diverse formats: from analog reel-to-reel machine, in public listening sessions and as sound installations. Most of the time he is touring as a solo and carrying the entire backline with him – vintage tape machine, amplifier, guitar and lot of instruments. His works can be specified as an experimental music with a various atmospheres and loops.
In 2015 he began to develop an approach focused on principles of analyzing the structures of his pre-existing musical works and transposing them into scores for electro-acoustic taped music. This process has led to the creation of various soundscapes and compositions, which can be heard in his live set.
https://davidpetras.bandcamp.com/

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Tatsuru Arai: Arkhitek-ton Hyper Serial music

Tatsuru Arai (1981, Japan) is a Berlin based, Japanese composer who has studied composition under Akira Nishimura, Toshio Hosokawa and Sunao Isaji at Tokyo college of Music. He has also completed MA-studies in composition, computer-programming and multimedia-art with Wolfgang Heiniger at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. Tatsuru’s works have been performed all around the globe.
His main artistic theme is to integrate classical compositions with new technology, something he calls “TRANS-AGES MUSIC”. He also aspires to present the human perception of sound, a physical phenomenon that influences human beings. Tatsuru Arai calls this perception “geometric structure” and it is a fundamental pillar that allows the listeners to understand the true nature of the universe and experience it through sound.
http://www.tatsuruarai.com