Category: Sound Installation


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: DARIO FARIELLO – ​MIKAEL SZAFIROWSKI – PETRI KULJUNTAUSTA

DARIO FARIELLO
MIKAEL SZAFIROWSKI
PETRI KULJUNTAUSTA

— 3 solos / 1 trio —

Wednesday,  February 27, 2019.

Showtime: 19:00


Dario Fariello: sax

​Mikael Szafirowski, guitar

Petri Kuljuntausta: sound installation + guitar

 

Supported by FFUK and Norwegian Jazzforum.


DARIO FARIELLO is a saxophonist devoted to improvised music. He studied musicology at the University of Bologna and co-founded Multiversal, a nomad festival series featuring an international network of improv and noise musicians. Now based in Oslo, his current projects include: ZGB, Sciardac, Farantimm, Resurgam, In Its Own Tempo. With Norbert Stammberger he organises the yearly Tubax Festival in Munich, dedicated to the tubax saxophone and other special instruments.​ In the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Dario has played with Gino Robair, Eugene Chadbourne, Jonas Kocher, and Renato Ciunfrini.​
https://soundcloud.com/dariofariello

https://soundcloud.com/farimm/sets/farantimm
​https://dariofariello.noblogs.org/​
​https://zugabe.wordpress.com/
https://zgbmusic.bandcamp.com/ ​

​​MIKAEL SZAFIROWSKI is a Finnish guitar and player currently residing in Saint-louis, France. He is markedly working on expanding the vocabulary of amplified string instruments by way of extended playing techniques, as well as exploring new forms of structure and sound in music. Having lived his formative years in the realm of jazz music, he is looking at other avenues of expression, such as noise, free improvised music, contemporary classical music, and a mix of popular and world music.​ His guitar technique is highly personal, using harmonic feedback and various preparations to feed his musical curiosity. Mikael has played and collaborated, among others, with Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Luc Ex, Wilbert De Joode, Oscar-Jan Hoogland, Yedo Gibson, Gerri Jaeger. ​

https://jan​​mikaelszafirowski.wordpress.com/
www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR3SqLiBthVsIHL6rBOrIJl1jAaVciQPCs6BVRkE4y3-aFfMhZvby-l80d4&v=oic1bekuhWU
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ulp65QmFTU
www.youtube.com/watch?v=coEtKEO3u8U


Petri Kuljuntausta: Bass Guitar (2018)
On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, an electric bass was stolen from the music rehearsal room of Helsinki City Media Library. The thief traveled to Nurmijärvi where he started to destroy places with the bass. At first the police got a call that a man is crushing window of a shop with bass guitar. After the windows were destroyed, he detached a post box and threw it inside the store. When the police arrived, he was gone.
Next police got a call that a man is crushing a car with a bass guitar. He was still hitting the car with the electric bass when police arrived. Police captured the man and took the weapon, the bass guitar, from him. They found drugs from his pocket. The man was arrested and the remains of the bass was returned to library. The library donated the instrument to me.

In the concert, I am using this bass guitar as an instrument.


 

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.

 

Polyphonic 2019

Polyphonic 2019

January 14-19, 2019
Vuotalo, Helsinki

 

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

POLYPHONIC is an intensive sound art and electronic music event at Vuotalo Cultural Centre in Helsinki. Invited musicians and performing artists are from Nordic countries and Finland, offering for the audience 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. A sound installation is open in the 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 international artists are visiting as a part of the Puls concert program / Nordic Culture Fund.

PROGRAM

Monday January 14, 2019 | 18:00-20:00

Jaakko Penttinen

Jesse Juup

 

Tuesday January 15, 2019 | 18:00-20:00

Esa Ruoho

Sarana (Janne Särkelä)

Wednesday January 16, 2019 | 18:00-20:00

Jonas Olesen & Sandra Boss (DK)
Vuosi (Ilpo Numminen ja J. Koho)

 

Thursday January 17, 2019 | 18:00-20:00

Bjørnar Habbestad (NO)

Mats Erlandsson (SE)

 

Monday – Saturday, January 14-19, 2019

Petri Kuljuntausta: POLYPHONIC. Sound installation for 100 ticking clockworks at Vuotalo gallery.

The installation is open during the opening hours of Vuotalo.


VUOTALO CULTURAL CENTRE
Address: Mosaiikkitori 2, Vuosaari, Helsinki
Website: http://www.vuotalo.fi/en/contact-information
Map: Google Map



JONAS OLESEN & SANDRA BOSS

‘Maskinel terapi’
(Mechanic therapy)

Electric muscle stimulators, sleep machines, tuning forks, bells and tone generators are some of the ingredients in this installation-performance, where obsolete sound apparatus come to live again in new musical narratives.  The piece examines the therapeutic, hypnotic and telepatic potential of these lost apparatuses.

“Answering machines, electric muscle stimulators and sleepers are obedient in design, but they have a very specific function that Jonas Olesen and Sandra Boss distort in their audio montage. The machines have served their purpose and are now ready for a media archaeological excavation, where the found sound objects arise from the dead with stories from the other side. It was never meant that the muscle stimulator should be listened to as music. It is not in its design. But have we ever asked the muscle stimulator what it wants? Is it at all interested in human anatomy, or has it always been possible to play in a band? Maybe we never know what a machine’s function really is before we ask the machine yourself?”
– (Jonas Olesen & Sandra Boss: An introduction to mechanical therapy and other audio sources that were not intended for music.)

The performance is supported by Puls / Nordisk Kulturfond.

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JONAS OLESEN is a Danish composer and sound artist. Jonas works mainly with physical media manipulations and obsolete electronic equipment. He runs the BIN label that specializes in peripheral audio. He is also active in the group Institute for Danish Sound Archeology. totem.menneske.dk

SANDRA BOSS is a composer and sound artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work often evolves in the intersection between performance and installation, where machines and instruments becomes sculptures of sound. She explores the overheard sounds of diverse sound sources such as antique tone generators, hearing test machines, bird flutes, children choirs and elongated accordions. Sandra Boss has studied at The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. She is currently working on a artistic-based PhD on sound art at Aarhus University, Denmark. www.sandraboss.dk


BJØRNAR HABBESTAD

Flutist, composer and sound artist educated in Bergen, London and Amsterdam. Works as a soloist, chamber and ensemble musician in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia and the US, covering musical grounds from classical contemporary to noise, electro-acoustic and free improvised music. Habbestad has collaborated with a a range of composers and improvisors in both the acoustic and electroacoustic domain and is responsible for the Norwegian premieres of works by Sciarrino, Ferneyhough, Nono and others.

Recent activity includes a commision for the opening of the Borealisfestival with Pascal Baltazar and Benjamin Maumus (FR), the solo part in Luigi Nono`s epic work “IO – frammento dal prometeo” at the Bergen Festival and a collaboration with Berlin based percussionist Burkhardt Beins. Habbestad is Artistic Director of +3DB records and a former curator at Lydgalleriet, a Bergen based gallery for sound art. He currently works as a PhD fellow in Performance Practice at the Norwegian Academy of Music where he researches the relationship between experimentation and sonic developments in contemporary music.
http://www.bjornarhabbestad.com/

The concert is supported by Puls / Nordisk Kulturfond.


MATS ERLANDSSON

As a composer, musician and sound artist, Mats Erlandsson is part of the vibrantly reemerging field of drone music in Stockholm, Sweden, and is known for the extensive use of sustained sound. In 2016 he released his first two releases at the prominent label for experimental music Posh Isolation. Selective Miracles is characterized by the spacious, almost sci-fi, over-driven synth notes that submerge you in sound with rattling basses and slowly emerging melodies. If the emotion on his first release is inspiration of awe, then his second release Valentina Tereshkova, named after the first woman cosmonaut, gives the impression of conflict. The sound is even more distorted and heavily textured drones are almost oppressive. Both releases are vast sonic journeys, where noise, melodies and drones are expertly compressed to struggle for presence. In 2017 he released a collaborative album Negative Chambers at Miasmah with Yair Elazar Glotman. They set out to record with several different acoustic instruments an album, “an imaginary, dislocated “folk” music for the current dark age“.

Erlandsson has undergone studies in composition in Stockholm, where he received a Master’s degree in Composition of Electronic Music. In addition to his own artistic practice, Erlandsson holds a position as studio assistant at the world-renowned Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm. Erlandsson presents his work both as a solo artist and in collaborations, most notably together with Yair Elazar Glotman. He has performed his work extensively, most recently in Berlin (The Long Now), Seoul (ACC), Norberg (Norbergfestival), Stockholm (Fylkingen, Sound of Stockholm, Audiorama), Malmö (Intonal festival), Copenhagen (Mayhem) and in Avellino (Flussi Festival).
https://matserlandsson-poshisolation.bandcamp.com/

The concert is supported by Puls / Nordisk Kulturfond.


ESA RUOHO

Esa Ruoho, better known as Lackluster, is a Finnish electronic music producer and performer from Kontula, Helsinki. He is also known as Esa Ruoho, XLLV, Can’O’Lard and Kökö and the Köks. Since 2000, Ruoho has played numerous musical performances as Lackluster, Esa Ruoho and HLER in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, England, Austria, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania and Ukraine. Current totally: 154 live performances (as of 1 August 2018). Ruoho has also played as warm-up support for numerous famous electronic musicians, such as Biosphere, Petri Kuljuntausta, The Orb, Mixmaster Morris, Brothomstates, Aleksi Perälä/Astrobotnia/Ovuca, Cylob, Wevie Stonder, Machinedrum, Jimmy Edgar, Move D, Jimi Tenor and Bad Loop.

Esa Ruoho started composing electronic music in the mid-1990s and, after 2000 has been releasing recorded music (remixes, compilation-tracks, original work) on dozens of labels, full-length CDs on such labels as deFocus records (Great Britain), Merck Records (Miami, Florida, US),[4] U-cover (Belgium), Psychonavigation Records (Dublin, Ireland), New-Speak Records (Stockholm, Sweden). He has since 2007 worked with SLSK Records from San Francisco and Nice And Nasty from Ireland, the San Francisco-based netlabel TwoCircles Records and the Argentinian netlabel Igloo-Rec, and the American label JellyFish Frequency Recordings.
https://www.lackluster.org/


SARANA

“The silence is not disturbed, but augmented as if the music would have always been there, waiting to be found and presented. In there, an emotional connection – an interference of waves – the shift between being a listener and a performer: a metamorphosis of sounds and the stillness of time.”

SARANA is the musical dimension of Janne Särkelä, an ambient and experimental artist and sound designer from Finland. Janne has performed intuitive and meditative ambient sets at Finnish and foreign underground techno and psychedelic trance parties, art galleries and urban culture events. Janne’s live ambient sets have been heard at Boom 2012 in Portugal – where he performed a three hour sunrise ambient set; at the Ambient Music Conference of 2014; in 2015 he played a two hour live late morning set at Yaga Gathering in Lithuania. In 2016 and 2017 Janne performed at festivals in Indonesia and in the USA, to celebrate total solar eclipses.

SARANA has released two albums, produced by Vir Unis under his Atmoworks (USA) label. Third album will be released by Erototox Decodings (USA), EP from Voyager 1 (FR) is coming up. Many tracks and remixes have been included on releases by various artists and labels. The ambient live sets are held together by self-built and off-the-self computer based tools, and realized by a mobile and portable collection of synthesizers, effects and controllers. The set length has generally been 1 to 4 hours. Janne’s sound installation work has been presented at many art events and festivals.
https://soundcloud.com/sarana


JAAKKO PENTTINEN

Jaakko Penttinen is an electronic musician from Turku. In addition to his solo performances, Penttinen has a background in various bands and he is well known for his ambient/space music project Galactic Travellers. Penttinen works in the Turku Synthesizer Society, curates the Experimental Music Club in Turku Bookstore and makes music in the E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, Function Wellenform and Kühl Shot.

At Akusmata’s Polyphonic event Jaakko Penttinen presents his work entitled ‘Abstraction – Geometry – Music’. Penttinen’s performance draws on the techniques used by US minimalists such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass to create a restful and static sound where is also room for randomness.
https://www.discogs.com/artist/2078327-Jaakko-Penttinen


JESSE JUUP

Jesse Juup is a finnish electronic musician, producer and improvising performer. Usually he is seen performing with some of his bands – Ritarikunta, Konekonekone, Kühl Shot and Tervakello, but this time he is performing solo. His style is usually hypnotic and slowly evolving mutating soundscapes. The instrument palette consists of a modular synthesizer and guitar pedals, each time being unique and tuned to the performance environment. Jesse Juup is also a founding member of Turun syntetisaattoriseura.
https://soundcloud.com/top10


VUOSI
VUOSI is a collective focused on experimental music and sound art, founded in 2014. Vuosi has performed in different parts of Finland, has released recordings and built sound installations. At Polyphonic event in Vuotalo, the members of the collective Ilpo Numminen and J. Koho, perform as a duo.
http://vuosikasetit.blogspot.com/
http://www.vuosi.bandcamp.com/


 

PETRI KULJUNTAUSTA: POLYPHONIC

Materials: 180 clockwork.

POLYPHONIC sound installation explores the various dimensions, obscures and strange features of the time. A hundred clocks give the space a subtle sound field. Since every clockwork is a mechanical and incomplete device, one is slightly slower and one faster, their time is not exactly the same. As a result, the relationship between the ticking clocks is constantly changing. Sometimes the tickings comes together, making an accent that creates a rhythm. In the next moment, the rhythm disappears and the ear will figure out the new rhythm in the other area. Over time, ticking of clocks produces endless variations.

PETRI KULJUNTAUSTA is a composer, improviser, musician, 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.

Antti Koukonen (FIN/DK) & ​​Rasmus Fisker (DK):​ INDUSPHERE

Rasmus Fisker (DK) & Antti Koukonen (FIN/DK)  ​
INDUSPHERE

A multi-channel sound installation based on field recordings
Exhibition open: June 11-15, 2018, 14:00-18:00.

Supported by Nordic Culture Point.


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.



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.

soundcloud.com/rasmusfisker

ANTTI KOUKONEN (FIN/DK) 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.

soundcloud.com/antti-koukonen

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.



 

 

Jarmo Huhta: Balloons

Jarmo Huhta

Balloons

Sound installation, spoken words, soundscape, musical passages, visual elements

Open 26.4. – 4.5.2018 (closed on Tue 1.5.)

Opening time: Mon-Fri 14-18.


BALLOONS

Sunny Sunday afternoon.
Shining streets, sidewalks full of people.
Children eating ice cream, balloons floating in the air.
Waving hands.
A few job seekers, twenty-something.
Recruiters.
Hooray for the parade!
It’s a day before tomorrow.

Balloons is an installation consisting of spoken words, soundscape, musical passages and visual elements. It’s done mainly using piano, inside piano effects and human voice.


Jarmo Huhta: sound and text
Joonas Alapoti: speech
Janne Karjalainen: setting
Elisabeth Szwarc: additional vocal
Laura Lehtola: additional vocal
Emmi Holopainen: photography


Jarmo Huhta is a Helsinki-based musician and sound artist. He has made sound and music for various video and dance works, installations and paintings. Huhta has also released music under the name Twile. He is writing doctoral thesis on electronic music, listening experiences and technology.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYwEkVmR1zM
vimeo.com/164408979
https://soundcloud.com/twilegram

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/

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.”

Running: Grinding Keys With Sharp Knives

RUNNING

‘GRINDING KEYS WITH SHARP KNIVES’

4.1 channel sound, keys, speech, photograph

Open: 26.3. – 29.3.2018

Opening Hours: 14-18, Mon-Fri

 


Grinding Keys With Sharp Knives (2018) is a spatial and auditive documentation of a reality and a way of living in south-east parts of Poland. In Eastern Europe “Do It Yourself”- mentality is common way of doing things, especially for the poor and young people. We have documented a group of people manufacturing handmade keys for their own purposes and needs. “Key makers” are divided in two sections – the professionals who operate in the bigger cities and kids and poor people who grind keys themselves.

Railroad system has provided an alternative method for manufacturing keys by grinding objects of metal on railtracks. At the same time young and evolving music scene called “Polski Beat” is reflecting this sometimes life risking way of living in their art.

The work consist of professionally and “unprofessionally” handmade keys and audio for 4.1 channel speaker system. Audio material is arranged from collection of interviews and field recordings made during our trips in Poland in 2015-2016.


RUNNING

Eero Pulkkinen is sound and media artist, sound designer and musician from Helsinki. His works have been exhibited in Finland and abroad in numerous exhibitions and international art and film festivals. He is working with music projects such as Running, New Sincerity and W. Now he’s mainly focusing on sound art, multichannel compositions, music and film. Currently finishing his MA in sound design studies at VÄS, University of the Arts Helsinki.

Teemu Iltola (born 1990, Jyväskylä) is artist, working in field of sound art, music and performance. Teemu is also another member of Running. He studied sound design in University of the Arts Helsinki during 2011-2015. Now he is selling vitamins.

Also: Tayo Koroma, speech, and Mathias Foster, photograph.