Category: Live


Akusmata Sound Weekend

Akusmata Sound Weekend

June 7-9, 2018


Thursday, June 7, 2018

New Routines Every Day (SUI)

– ​​Rudy Decelière, field recordings and harmonium

– ​​Marcel Chagrin, guitar, amplifier, feet drums

Emma Souharce (FRA/SUI), solo electronics


Friday, June 8, 2018

Daniel Araya (SE), solo electronics, synths

TMS

​​Malte Steiner (DE), various pedals, self-built controllers and Pure Data

– ​​Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen (DK), various pedals, self-built controllers and Pure Data

Antti/Fisker

– ​​Antti Koukonen (FIN/DK), electronics

Rasmus Fisker Pedersen (DK), electronics


Saturday, June 9, 2018

John Hegre (NO), solo guitar, electronics

Marja-Leena Sillanpää (SE), solo electronics

The Worm (UK)

​​– ​​Amy Lawrence, cello, sounds

​​The Routes of Helsinki: Urban Sound & Poetry

– ​​Mikko Haapoja​, soundscapes, bowed lyre, live electronics​

​​– ​​illmari​, spoken word​​​


​​Sound Installation

June 11-15, 2018, 14:00-18:00.

Exhibition opening on Monday, June 11, at 14:00.​

A Sound Installation by Antti/Fisker

– ​​Antti Koukonen (FIN/DK) & ​​Rasmus Fisker Pedersen (DK) ​

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

LIVE: Roomet Jakapi (EST), Jukka Kääriäinen, Petteri Mäkiniemi

ROOMET JAKAPI (EST)
JUKKA KÄÄRIÄINEN
PETTERI MÄKINIEMI

Tue 8.5.2018 at 19:00

Voluntary 5e entrance fee


Roomet Jakapi

Roomet Jakapi is an avant-garde vocalist and improviser from Estonia. By means of his unconventional vocal sounds, enriched with live electronics and bizarre acoustic instruments, he aims to create sonic trips and textures marked by surprises and ruptures. He has performed with Emilio Gordoa, Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen, Chris Pitsiokos, Fred Frith, Jerzy Mazzoll, Sławek Janicki, Jerzy Rogiewicz, Taavi Kerikmäe, Mart Soo, Theodore Lee Parker, Niels Præstholm, Aleksandra Klimczak, Gintas K, Jonas Van den Bossche, Jukka Kääriäinen, Lauri Hyvärinen, Radosław Włodkowski, Krzysztof Magura, Phlox, Ensemble U:, LAKI, EDASI, and many other musicians and groups.


Petteri Mäkiniemi

Petteri Mäkiniemi plays Ginette, an ondes Martenot based electronic instrument made by himself. His music has slowly evolving harmonic layers where organic nature of Ginette can be heard. Petteri Mäkiniemi studies in Sound in New Media master’s programme at Aalto University, and currently he is developing the new version of Ginette.


Jukka Kääriäinen
Jukka Kääriäinen is a finnish musician specialised in experimental and free improvised music. Jukka’s instruments vary between plain acoustic and prepared guitar to back bag of pedals, live-electronics and bowed electric guitar. Jukka has toured many European countries such as Italy, Hungary, France, Germany, Russia and Estonia. Alongside solo concerts Jukka has been collaborating with musicians like Teppo Hauta-Aho, Kalle Kalima, Jone Takamäki, Roomet Jakapi, Pauli Lyytinen, Emilio Gordoa and Paul Pignon.

Hugo Esquinca (MX): Untitled (exercise on adaptability)

Hugo Esquinca (MX)

Untitled
(exercise on adaptability)

Multichannel sound installation

Open 23. – 25.4.2018

Opening time: Mon-Wed 14-18.


Hugo Esquinca’s concert on Wed 25.4. at 18:30-19:00 at Akusmata.

Hugo Esquinca’s talk on Wed 25.4. at 15:00 at Radical Relevances conference, Aalto University.


Untitled (exercise on adaptability)

‘Untitled (exercise on adaptability)’, analyses intensive and extensive properties of acoustic resonance through material explorations as co-constitutive elements of sonorous variation, through elastic potentials as mediating variables among diverse parameters deriving in rapidly changing audible wholes.

The exercise is based on a system tuned to a deformable surface operating as the speaker enclosure, through which a generative composition arbitrarily excites its stretchable material qualities subjecting them to its natural oscillating modes.


Hugo Esquinca (MX) is a Berlin-based sound artist and researcher from Mexico. He investigates the diverse spatio-temporal relations deriving from transductive interactions between technology and the sonorous, expanding within and beyond audibility.

His work has been presented in diverse contexts and venues such as CTM Festival Berlin, Mira Contemporary Art Museum Siberia, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Loop Festival Berlin, NII Science and Arts Moscow, CMMAS Center For Music and the Sonic Arts Mexico, Forum Stadtpark Graz among others. He is a founding member of the Berlin-based Oqko collective.

As a founding member of the Berlin-based oqko collective under the alias DEKJ, Esquinca makes and performs noise music that is visceral and confrontational, preferably delivered in pitch black environment, speakers screeching their conic guts out. Berlin’s CTM Festival took notice and in January 2018 Esquinca performed at Berghain alongside Okkyung Lee, Marcus Schmickler and more for the Unease part of the festival’s programme.

Esquinca states on his recent work:
““Study on (in) operable rigour” is a site-specific performance deriving from the convergence of defined qualities within space, each loudspeaker of the sound system and the different temporalities between digital-analog “real time” events, all of these taken as the rigurosity from which our audibility generally operates, yet most of these variables also provide the opposite, meaning that a controlled environment in which listening happens can be as bendable and transgressive as the apparent rules that conform it.”

Works: https://www.dekj.org/actualities/
Writings: https://www.dekj.org/

LIVE: Miman (NO/SWE) & Huutarha

Miman (NO/SWE)
Huutarha

Tuesday 10.4.2018
Doors 18:30, showtime 19:00
Voluntary entry fee 5e

The concert is supported by Puls / Nordisk Kulturfond.

Miman

Miman is an improvising trio consisting of fiddler Hans Kjorstad, guitarist/clarinetist Andreas Røysum and bassist/synthist Egil Kalman; three of the most distinct and active young voices on the thriving Scandinavian jazz and improv scene. You might have heard them in collaboration with people like Tobias Delius, Frode Haltli, Axel Dörner and Rhys Chatham, or in a plentitude of bands covering the spectrum from folk music to noise.

As a trio their sound is shaped by their diverse backgrounds and influences; Norwegian, British and Indian folk music blends seamlessly with sentiments aching to free jazz and contemporary music in an organic fashion that steers clear of the dogmatic. In April 2018, Miman will release their first record, and celebrates this by playing a 19 concerts in 19 days-tour all over Europe.

www.mimantrio.com


Huutarha

Huutarha is an acoustic union of a double bass and a violin. The duo consists of two folk musicians with an interest in minimalism and its beauty. Together they weave a soundscape out of timbres, melody extracts and ambiences.

Maija Holopainen plays the fiddle and swims a lot.

Essi Hirvonen plays the double bass and is part of a secret society.

soundcloud.com/huutarha


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.”

LIVE: Kim Myhr (NO), Tuomo Väänänen

KIM MYHR (NO)
TUOMO VÄÄNÄNEN

Saturday 10.3.2018
Doors 18:30, showtime 19:00
Voluntary entry fee 5e

The concert is supported by Puls / Nordisk Kulturfond.


KIM MYHR


Kim Myhr is one of the leading new voices of the Norwegian experimental music, both as a composer and guitarist. Myhr’s solo music can be described as an orchestral exploration of the 12-string guitar. It remind the listener of early music of Ligeti and of Morton Feldman, but it also contains an energy and simplicity similar to American folk music and Minimal music. He has released three solo records, ‘All Your Limbs Singing’ (2014), ‘Bloom’ (2016), and ‘You | Me’ (2017). The new release features contributions from drummers Tony Buck (The Necks), Hans Hulbækmo (Atomic) and Ingar Zach.
‘You | Me’ received an honourable mention at Nordic Music Prize 2018. Jury stated: “This is a sonically adventurous record, beautifully listenable and immersive but never wilfully difficult, spanning both the sound worlds of contemporary jazz guitar and modern classical music”.
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During 8.-10.3.2018 you can hear Kim Myhr’s music also at Mad House Helsinki. He has composed music for the dance work ‘Shaking The Libidinous’ by Orfee Schuijt (FR/NO).
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Kim Myhr – Sleep nothing, eat nothing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHJwo60dVrw

Kim Myhr – Bloom (Hubro) [Full Album]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gnPOu2ionc

https://soundcloud.com/kimmyhr

“Kim Myhr is a master of slow-morphing rhythms and sun-dappled textures that seem to glow from the inside…It’s an album to bolster the spirits and ground the nerves: travelling music for big-sky vistas.” ★★★★ / The Guardian

«Delicate and suffused with beauty, yet exudes a power derived from the clarity of its creative vision. Truly, an ocean of sound.» ★★★★ / MOJO

«A Tremendous Piece of Music» / BBC3 Late Junction

20 Best Classical Releases of 2017. / Scotland Herald



TUOMO VÄÄNÄNEN


Tuomo Väänänen (Helsinki, Finland) makes sounds and music with both electronic and acoustic means. Sometimes the outcome is built into a grid-like temporal structure, sometimes it flows freely in the space and around the listener. Tuomo is also part of Ljudverket, which is a small record label and a collective of like-minded musicians.

LIVE: Prestekveler, Libidog, Taneli Viljanen, Zherbin

Prestekveler (NO/ITA), Taneli Viljanen, Libidog, Zherbin

Friday 9.2.2018

Doors 18:30, showtime 19:00

Voluntary entry fee 5e

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Prestekveler (NO/ITA)
Paolo Gàiba-Riva – clarinet, electronics, field recordings
Dario Fariello – sopranino and soprillo sax, vcv rack

Prestekveler is a type of pasta, but also a duo consisting of Dario Fariello (saxophones) and Paolo Gàiba Riva (clarinet and electronics), two Italian musicians which are based in Norway.
The project was born in 2015, when Dario moved to Oslo. In the beginning the duo focused on acoustic music, later on shifted to noise textures. Nowadays at their concerts it is possible to listen to both.
Their setup includes amplified winds, viola feedbacker (an electric viola modified by the instrument maker Christian Blandhoel), live sound manipulation and field recordings.
Dario and Paolo have been touring together in Norway, Italy, France, Netherlands, Slovenia, Denmark, Greece and Spain and are planning to play in South Korea, China and Taiwan this year.
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Libidog 
Libidog (Elsa Heikkilä) is an edgy underground noise artist.
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Taneli Viljanen
Taneli Viljanen’s music consists of everyday noises and manipulation of sound producing objects that happen to be around, for example. Disparate sound elements are juxtaposed in surprising ways; no sound is innocent; nothing happens for a reason.
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Zherbin
Dmitri Zherbin is a musician and tape manipulator from Helsinki. He makes tape loop based experimental music. Reviewers have been describing some of Zherbin’s music as eerie, adventurous and primitive and comparing it to artists like Aaron Dilloway and The Skaters. Zherbin has several releases on different DIY labels and has also done live collaborations with artists like Andrea Pensado (USA), Jelena Glazova (Latvia) and Ilia Belorukov (Russia).

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/