Category: Live


LIVE: Samuli Tanner & Arttu Partinen

‘ARTSY RECORDS SHOWCASE’

SAMULI TANNER (8″ record release)
ARTTU PARTINEN

(2x solo + duo)

Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 6 PM – 8 PM
Showtime 6:30 PM

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Record release concert of Samuli Tanner’s new 8″ vinyl “Konserttitaltiointi 1”, Artsy Records ART-3. Supported by Artsy Records’ mogul Arttu Partinen. Poster by Roope Eronen.



SAMULI TANNER is a Finnish electronic musician, producer and drummer. His experimental electronic music has a strange appeal: clumsy on purpose, sometimes dark, sometimes syrup, sometimes makes you dance, sometimes falls to pieces. Samuli has previously worked under the names Siihhi, Worldbank and Ponytail. He also works in groups like Clouds, Myttys, Market, Tiiu Helinä and Uudet Jes Opot. His latest album, ‘Music For 1- Yr Old Samuli Tanner’, was released in 2017. Tanner’s new 8-inch release contains “Pack of improvised pieces played with some samplers, effects and a synthesizer. Recorded on Maxell XLII chrome tape with Marantz PMD-430 recorder.”



ARTTU PARTINEN has been making music over 15 years. Some of his projects (most visible being the long-lived band Avarus) were central in the international breakthrough of the “New Weird Finland” genre around 2005-2006. As a solo artist, he has been known as Amon Düde, but in recent times also under his own name. In his performances, he combines noise dynamics with slapstick moves. He often seems to struggle with his gear, surprising himself as well as the audience. As sound sources he uses found tapes, his own recordings, world music cassettes, nature sounds, human voice, processed live percussion etc.

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: OWL – Karl Bjorå & Signe Emmeluth

OWL (NO/DK)

Karl Bjorå & Signe Emmeluth

Friday, October 26th, 2018, at 19:30.

Voluntary entry fee 5e

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OWL
Karl Bjorå (NO) – Guitar & electronics
Signe Emmeluth (DK) – Alto saxophone & electronics

In a cinematic room in which the sounds seem to be moving around inside your head, an uncertainty about where the sounds are coming from occurs.
The freely improvising duo Owl organically blends the acoustic sounds from the alto saxophone with the electric sounds from the electric guitar, contact microphones, and other electronics.
Their free play with preparations as well as the sense of room and depth display the duo’s influences by noise, minimalism and free improvisation.

OWL derives from the highly creative environment for improvised music in Trondheim, Norway. From a common interest in finding new sounds and exploring the improvisational forms, OWL became a natural duo and a workplace for these experimentations. Both members, Karl Bjorå and Signe Emmeluth, are highly regarded instrumentalists on the Scandinavian scene for jazz and improvised music, but found extended techniques and electronics to be the most constructive way of developing new shapes and sounds. Since the start in 2016, OWL has been more or less a workspace and a creative forum for constructive conversations about music and its parametres. As a result of this work, the duo has now been featured on more and more concert series and festivals, both in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, and continue to increase their live activity.

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/owl-norway/sets/december-session
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pho6bqajXg

 

LIVE: Charlie Morrow (USA) – Ralph Denzer (USA/CAN) – Petri Kuljuntausta

Charlie Morrow (USA)

Ralph Denzer (USA/CAN)

Petri Kuljuntausta

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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


Charlie Morrow, trumpet, conch shell, jew’s harp, environmental sounds

Ralph Denzer, pocket trumpet, poem reading, sounds

Petri Kuljuntausta, electric guitar, sounds


Charlie Morrow

Charlie Morrow (b. 1942) is an acclaimed composer, sound artist, multimedia artist, and producer. He has been in contact or collaborated with many legendary artist, such as Philip Corner, James Tenney, Malcolm Goldstein, John Cage, Jerome Rothenberg, Allen Ginsberg, Charlotte Moorman, Joan La Barbara, Art Garfunkel, John Corigliano, and Fluxus artist Alison Knowles. When Morrow worked as arranger and line producer for John H. Hammond at Columbia Records, he provided arrangements for hit recordings by Simon & Garfunkel, The Rascals, Vanilla Fudge and The Balloon Farm.

Morrow’s outdoor events feature sometimes very large herds of sound sources from the same family: 40 cellos, 60 clarinets, harbors of boats. Morrow’s works have ranged from massive public events, such as “Toot’N Blink” for Chicago’s Lake Michigan and “Fanfare in the Air” for New York Harbor to innovative installations for the world’s leading institutions, including Kennedy Space Center, Empire State Building, and the American Museum of Natural History. Taking sound to the next level, Morrow most recently created MorrowSound®, a state-of-the-art technology at the forefront of the rapidly-expanding field of immersive 3D sound.

Morrow started playing trumpet at age 10. Subsequently he has also performed using conch shells, cow and goat horns, homemade electronics, Jew’s harp, and ocarina. His music teachers included composer Otto Luening, Stefan Wolpe, William Jay Sydeman and ethnomusicologist Willard Rhodes, who introduced Morrow to oral cultures and shamanic traditions.


Ralph Denzer

Ralph Denzer is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, musical director and music educator who has worked with numerous theater groups in the New York city area, including P.S.122/9th Street Theater, East Coast Artists, (directed by Richard Schechner), Great Small Works, NYU Graduate Acting Department, Ramapo College, etc. He has written and performed works in many different musical styles including opera, dance, musical theatre and cabaret. His music has been featured in theatre performances in Helsinki, Finland; Copenhagen & Ȧrhus, Denmark; and in Berlin, Germany, as well as throughout the USA and Canada.

His most recent large-scale composition, a music/theatre work called ‘Darwin: Endless Forms Most Beautiful’, was performed at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal in the winter of 2011. It was directed by Keith Turnbull, formerly of the Banff Center for the Arts, and was co-written by Canadian playwright Ryan Hurl. In the U.S., Ralph has taught music history in New York City at Marymount College, and taught a course at Barnard College which culminated in a puppet production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. He has also taught or lectured at Swarthmore College and U.C. Santa Cruz. In addition, he has taught music to elementary school children through the Guggenheim Foundation’s Learning Through the Arts program, as well as with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up! program. Glazer was born in Brooklyn, New York, he currently lives in Montreal, Canada with his family.


Petri Kuljuntausta

Petri Kuljuntausta is a sound artist, composer, and musician. 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 and museums.

Kuljuntausta has composed over 100 works for various record labels in Australia, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Sweden, UK and the USA. In 2004 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. He is the author of the ‘On/Off’, the definitive history of Finnish electronic music, ‘First Wave’, a microhistorical analysis of early electronic music, and ‘eXtreme Sound’, a review of the whole experimental scene and on his own approach to music. In 2005 he won an award, the Finnish State Prize for Art, from the Finnish government as a distinguished national artist.


LIVE: Tony Gerber & Giles Reaves (USA) / Satoi / [ówt krì]

Tony Gerber & Giles Reaves (USA) / Satoi / [ówt krì]

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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



Tony Gerber

Tony Gerber is a live space music pioneer and Nashville music scene trailblazer.
Gerber has been performing live music in front of audiences and live radio since he was 9 years old. For his ambient space music projects, live and recorded, Gerber mixes a love of electronic music with guitars, occasional vocalizing and native flutes. He has created over 40 releases since the mid 80s on all the different mediums including vinyl, cassettes, CDs and downloadable albums.
Gerber is very active and prolific playing live music and recording, being
a dad and a husband. “I enjoy my life filled with passions”, he has stated.

http://www.tonygerber.com



Giles Reaves

Though his music is of the progressive electronic variety, this keyboardist and percussionist got his start through country music channels. While living in Nashville in the ’80s, Reaves hooked up with producer Marshall Montgomery and ended up working as his assistant engineer. Eventually Reaves’ own music caught the ear of MCA producer Tony Brown, who signed the synthesist up to the company’s Master Series label. Reaves recorded two solo albums and one collaboration with Jon Goin before a tightening in the music market forced MCA to let go of artists on its instrumental sub-label. In 1993, Reaves released Sea of Glass through Hearts of Space Records, which was his biggest hit yet. He also took on production gigs through Nashville, working on recordings by artists like Lisa Germano and Bedlam. He also joined Spacecraft and worked with Tony Gerber through the ’90s until the release of his next solo album, 2001’s Sacred Space.



Satoi

Satoi is an electronic music artist from Helsinki, producing ambient and techno, quite often creating in between the two genres. His sets are full of warmth in darkness, not unlike a melancholic hug. In this event he will play an ambient set full of atmospheric hope for a better future.

https://soundcloud.com/satoi



[ówt krì]

[ówt krì] is the main creative project for Kenneth Kovasin, a self-taught sound artist from Helsinki, Finland. Its first digital release was published in 2006, and the following formative years resulted in a number of digital and CDr-releases and multiple compilation appearances.
Come 2013 and the first CD-album, carrying the name The New Seed, was published by Alrealon Musique. The first [ówt krì] live shows became reality in the following year. After some digital and cassette releases, the second [ówt krì]-CD called Pilgrimage was published in 2015 by Erototox Decoding.
Since then, the project has played a multitude of domestic shows (including many at events which Kenneth has co-organized) along with gigs in Sweden, Estonia the east coast of the United States.
The project’s latest releases as of May 2018 are the digital albums Psychological Warfare and Roihupurkaus (a collaboration with fellow sound artist Saliatahn), both of which were published by Sombre Soniks.

http://www.owtkri.org

Akusmata Sound Weekend

Akusmata Sound Weekend

June 7-9, 2018

Three days of adventurous music and sound art for adventurous minds. We are delighted to announce the line-up of the Akusmata Sound Weekend. Invited artists are from Nordic countries, Europe and the USA, offering wide spectrum of the present day experimental electronic music and sound art.

Supported by Nordisk Kulturfond / Puls, Nordic Culture Point, the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, République et Canton de Genève, Pro Helvetia.


Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 18:30

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, at 18:30

Richard Lerman (USA), Border Fences (‘Tijuana Fence’, 2018) + talk

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, at 18:30

John Hegre (NO), solo guitar, electronics

Marja-Leena Sillanpää (SE), solo electronics

Leif Elggren (SE), solo electronics, dance

​​The Routes of Helsinki: Urban Sound & Poetry

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

​​– ​​illmari​, spoken word​​​


​​Sound Installation

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

Antti Koukonen (FIN/DK) & ​​Rasmus Fisker (DK) ​
‘INDUSPHERE’
A multi-channel sound installation, field recordings ​


NEW ROUTINES EVERY DAY (SUI)
– ​​Rudy Decelière, field recordings and harmonium
– ​​Marcel Chagrin, guitar, amplifier, feet drums

MARCEL CHAGRIN is a musician with polymorphic styles and surprising sonorities. As a one-man orchestra, his performances are both hypnotic and narrative and their intensity can sometimes come close to slowly creating a sensation of vertigo. His guitar playing is a combination of held notes and powerful amplifications, producing long feedbacks in which his spontaneous and repetitive (and at times, kitsch) melodies create unusual contrasts. As unusual as his career, which has led him from place to place, a way of life fashioned by chance meetings along the way combined with the need for a demanding solitude. He has collaborated with Tivadar Pénzes, Nikos Veliotis, Lorna Snow, Noel Akchoté, Brian Eno, Georg Baselitz, Georg Traber, Christian Weber, Erik Minkkinen, William Parker, as well as D’incise, with whom he created the duo Heu{s-k}ach (2009). He currently lives between Switzerland, the Aran Islands and Alaska.

RUDY DECELIERE is a multidisciplinary sound artist who explores the art of sound mainly through installations. With these soundscapes, which range from the infinitely small to the infinitely large, he creates a sound architecture which, through its measured, protracted, calm detail, encourages the viewer/listener to create their own personal and interior intimacy with the work and its environment. Alongside this activity, he works as a sound engineer for independent art films and documentaries, which gives him the opportunity to feed his personal bank of field-recordings, compatible with his interests and his sensitivity for ambient sounds and the sonic events/accidents he encounters. Subsequently, he use these in the construction of music and sound design for theatre and contemporary dance. He has collaborated with Anne Delahaye & Nicolas Leresche, Vincent Hänni, Donatelle Bernardi, Maya Bösch, Marco Poloni, the CERN, and has obtained numerous grants



EMMA SOUHARCE (FRA/SUI), solo electronics

EMMA SOUHARCE is a sound artist who composes her pieces by the light of candles. Crackles, caresses, screams of micro-machines and symphonies of batrachians, Emma Souharce sculpts precise and intense archaeological footprints in the sound material. Through immersive landscapes, she weaves links between ritual and music, with the secret ambition of reaching complete symbiotic states. Her daily life is also animated by collaborative projects which the analogical orchestra Biblioteq Mdulair (co-founded with Daniel Maszkowicz) is part. Emma Souharce is also active in La Reliure collective and the publishing house Copypasta created in 2012. Emma Souharce lives and works in Geneva.


RICHARD LERMAN (USA), Border Fences (‘Tijuana Fence’, 2018) + talk

RICHARD LERMAN has created electronic music and interdisciplinary art since the 1960’s offering performances, installations and screenings in North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He has collaborated with John Cage and David Tudor. At Brandeis College he studied with Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, and David Tudor.

Lerman gained an interest in sound art in the early 60s. He soon met John Cage, a renowned American composer who opened the door to observing sounds and electroacoustic music.

David Tudor, an American pianist and composer of experimental music, suggested that Lerman must learn how to make his equipment because of the lack of technology in the mid 20th Century. Lerman makes most of his own equipment. In exhibitions he uses the space between the wall and photograph to produce sound. “I think that the wires need to visible because it is a very physical thing, sound,” Lerman said.

“I think the interdisciplinary nature of Richard’s work using images, videos and performance, is interesting, innovative, and his commitment to his subject/topic is second to none,” Jeffery Kennedy has said.

Lerman’s work involves a variety of tools to achieve the sound he wants. He uses carbon fiber rods, piezoelectric devices that can capture the vibrations of sounds, hydrophones to get sounds underwater and many more.

For 40 years, his work has often utilized piezo disk and other transducers that he has designed and built. These pick up sounds too quiet for our ears, extending our hearing.

His piece Travelon Gamelon (1978) for amplified bicycles has received hundreds of performances worldwide. In 2009 he completed Death Valley Cycle with video/audio gathered in each of the 12 months at this site. Recent Installations include: Alga-Aqua (2007), in Vigo, Spain and Sao Pedro do Sul, Portugal and Hoover: Water | Power at the ASU Art Museum (Oct 2009 – Feb 2010). In 2008 he performed new work at Roulette in NYC and in 2009 at the Chapel Performance Space for the Wayward Music Series in Seattle. In May 2012 he premiered a sound/video installation From the Galapagos at cuba-cultur in Münster, Germany, and also install Death Valley Cycle.

Lerman has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Arizona and Massachusetts Arts Councils, the NEA and many others. His films and video work have been screened widely, including seven super 8 films from his Transducer Series Pieces shown at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2007 a 2-CD set of earlier music and audio work, including Travelon Gamelon, was released on EM Records, Osaka, Japan. Since 1994 professor Lerman has taught at Arizona State University.



DANIEL ARAYA (SE), Acid Ambient for four Roland TB-303 bass synthesizers

DANIEL ARAYA have been making electronic music for over 20 years, mostly in the techno and acid house scene. Besides his dance music projects he also does installations, soundscape compositions and works based on field recordings and collage techniques and build custom instruments. Araya works as a Studio Engineer in EMS studio, Stockholm.
For Akusmata Sound Weekend festival Araya is presenting his Acid Ambient concept that is a work based on the live manipulation of four Roland TB-303 bass synthesizers. In this piece they are taken out of their usual dancefloor context with total focus on the very peculiar and alien qualities in their sound, the acidic essence of house music put under a magnifying glass.



TMS: movement(al) distortion(s)
– ​​Malte Steiner (DE), pedals, metals w/ piezos, self-built controllers
– ​​Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen (DK), pedals, metals w/ piezos, self-built controllers

TMS is an experimental noise project by the artists Malte Steiner (DE) and Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen (DK). The format is improvisational sound pieces and concerts built out of Steiner and Madsen’s sonic interactions, where noise-scapes and complex structures emerge from intense layerings of various in- and outputs. Physical interactions with materials are here important for creating a performative and visual sound experience. TMS uses primarily various effect pedals, self-built controllers, sometimes combined with Pure Data, to create their compositions. The inputs can be analogue as well as digital; modulated, transformed and distorted.
TINA MARIANE KROGH MADSEN is a Danish, Berlin-based artist and researcher, who works primarily with performance art, sound and open technology. She has an education from the College of Arts Crafts and Design in Nørresundby (DK), where she began studying performance art in 1999, and holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Aarhus University (DK). Madsen’s research deals with theory as well as practice, where her sound work evolves around an investigation of the body in relation to space and acoustics/resonance. Her projects range from critical performance interventions, minimal and conceptual sound installations to intense noise performances. http://tmkm.dk/
MALTE STEINER (DE) is a Berlin-based artist, electronic musician and composer. Steiner started creating electronic music and visual art around 1983, developing his own vision of the interdisciplinary Gesamtkunstwerk. Steiner’s musical projects are primarily the experimental electro-acoustic Elektronengehirn, the Industrial outfit Notstandskomitee, Akustikkoppler (with Matthias Schuster), Das Kombinat, TMS and codepage (both together with Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen). Steiner started in 1998 to create electronic art and installations, which have been exhibited internationally. http://www.block4.com/



ANTTI / FISKER
– ​​Antti Koukonen (FIN/DK), electronics
– Rasmus Fisker Pedersen (DK), electronics

ANTTI / FISKER is an experimental, electronic duo-project based in Aarhus, Denmark. Rasmus Fisker and Antti Koukonen shares an intuitive approach to improvisation, which is based on creating an atmospheric sound environments utilizing semi-random generative software, and a combination of field recordings, live processing and additive synthesis. The sonic output of the duo can be heard morphing between surreal timbres and soundscape collages made from environmental recordings and synthetic, melodic sounds.
RASMUS FISKER (DK) is an experimental electronic musician and composer from Aarhus, Denmark. His intuitive approach to music is prominent in his collaborations as the outcome often varies in constellation, genre and aesthetics. It is an urge to disappear into sound that drives his creative working process that functions as a personal output for both, abstract thoughts and concrete ideas.
Fisker creates music that explores the ever expanding possibilities of computer music. Since his debut as Sykofant at the 2010 STRØM festival Rasmus has been developing his sound, using a growing collection of recordings, effects and synthesizers. He is dedicated to exploring music with the intuition of a musician and the curiosity of a scientist. Rasmus loves detail, small breaks and weird timbres. Using a vast array of sources, he creates experimental, narratives for the ear. https://soundcloud.com/rasmusfisker
ANTTI KOUKONEN (FIN) is a Finnish field-recordist, soundscape composer and electronic musician. His artwork is mainly based on field recordings, which he modifies and combines with electronic sounds in order to explore the communicational potential between these elements, and reflect his emotional responses to places and situations. Through the special interest in creating abstract / surreal and atmospheric soundscape compositions, Antti’s distinctive artistic expression migrates between the extensive universes and aesthetics of soundscapes and musique concrete as well as anecdotal and ambient music.



JOHN HEGRE (NO), solo guitar, electronics

JOHN HEGRE is one of the cornerstones of Norwegian noise and experimental music. After working several years as a sound engineer he decided to continue by making his own music since the end of the 1990s. Hegre is the founding member of the famous Jazzkammer group together with Lasse Marhaug. The group was founded in 1998.
Hegre has been an active performer and producer of noise, improvised music and new electronic music since the mid-1990s, with projects such as Jazkamer, NOXAGT, Golden Serenades, Kaptein Kaliber and duos with Bjørnar Habbestad, Nils Are Drønen, Jean-Philippe Gross and Maja Ratkje, with whom he has also released an album. In the concerts Hegre uses a computer, guitar and some ‘small electronic devices’. Hegre lives in Bergen.


MARJA-LEENA SILLANPÄÄ (SE), solo electronics

MARJA-LEENA SILLANPÄÄ works in direct response to specific environments using different materials and electronic objects to build intricately assembled situations, both pointing to the contact with a possible past and a potential future. In other words; there are other ones with us in existing rooms. “Nowadays (these days) I work mostly with sound. I search for the right frequency to get in touch with another presence and the audience gives the opportunity to experience the same as me.”


LEIF ELGGREN (SE), solo electronics, dance

Leif Elggren is a Swedish artist who has been active as an artist since the late 1970s. Elggren has become one of the most constantly surprising conceptual artists to work in the combined worlds of audio and visual. A writer, visual artist, stage performer and composer, he has many albums to his credits, solo and with the Sons of God, on labels such as Ash International, Touch, Radium and his own Firework Edition. Leif Elggren’s music, often conceived as the soundtrack to a visual installation or experimental stage performance, usually presents carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and can range from mesmerizingly quiet electronics to harsh noise. His wide-ranging and prolific body of art often involves dreams and subtle absurdities, social hierarchies turned upside-down, hidden actions and events taking on the quality of icons. Elggren has collaborated with Kevin Drumm, Mats Gustafsson, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Kent Tankred and Thomas Liljenberg, among others.


​​THE ROUTES OF HELSINKI: Urban Sound & Poetry (FIN)
– ​​Mikko Haapoja​, soundscapes, bowed lyre, live electronics​
​​– ​​illmari​, spoken word​

Soundscapes from boundaries between nature and the city – built and unbuilt. The Routes of Helsinki tells about the roots and the present of the capital of Finland. In the project, sound artist Mikko H. Haapoja records Helsinki urban sounds and creates audio-visual installations, sound art compositions and multidisciplinary art performances. In Akusmata Sound Weekend 2018 Haapoja will perform with his bowed lyre and the soundscapes featured with spoken word artist illmari whose Helsinki poems add another dimension to the sound art of The Routes of Helsinki.

Since 2011, various The Routes of Helsinki works have been presented in Helsinki and New York galleries, and in Helsinki City Museum, Music Centre and public city space, including the metro platforms of Helsinki Central Railway station. Mikko H. Haapoja’s sound art piece ‘Luotisuora / Beeline’ is a part of the permanent ‘Helsinki bites’ exhibition in the new Helsinki City Museum. Together with spoken word artist illmari and visual artist Elina Aho, Haapoja has made audio-visual live performances since 2014 under the name Helsingin reitit: Sound Landscapes. Furthermore, illmari’s Helsinki-poems together with The Routes of Helsinki pieces ‘Twilight’ and ‘The First Route’ are included in haapoja & illmari collective’s folk-rap- sound art album ‘Uusi maailma’ (‘The New World’) released in late 2017. ‘The First Route’ (‘Ensimmainen reitti’) has been released also as a video art piece in 2018: https://youtu.be/3DVyJgH-dxw.
See more: http://mikkohaapoja.net/helsinginreitit



SOUND INSTALLATION

Antti Koukonen (FIN/DK) & ​​Rasmus Fisker (DK) ​
INDUSPHERE
A multi-channel sound installation, field recordings
Exhibition open: June 11-15, 2018, 14:00-18:00.

INDUSPHERE is a multi-channel sound installation based on field recordings from the urban and industrial sites of Aarhus, Denmark. The presented recordings function as documentations of sounds, both hidden and unconcealed, found in various locations in the rapidly developing harbour site and in the city centre; areas where human operations extensively shapes Aarhus’ sonic environment and acoustic ecology.
The installation includes different length loops and is constructed in such way, that the sound material creates a constantly changing sonic environment in the gallery’s space consisting of sound objects and ambiences.



 

 

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