Category: Sound Works


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

BraidedSOUND

(full band + duo & trio)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Showtime 19:00, doors 18:30

Suggested donation: 5-10e


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

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


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

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

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


Live: Marja Ahti – Kati Roover

Marja Ahti – Kati Roover

Vegetal Negatives Record Release

Wed 27.3.2019, showtime 19:00 (doors 18:30)
Voluntary entry fee 5e


Marja Ahti‘s album Vegetal Negatives is released March 29 by the Swiss label Hallow Ground. It is a game of sonic mutations, mimicry, inversions, and association inspired by a text called “On pataphotograms”, by the French writer René Daumal – a quasi-metaphysical essay that toys with breaking the conceived separateness of natural forms through poetic imagination.

The four electroacoustic compositions on the album combine and arrange field recordings, electronic feedback, Buchla and ARP synthesizers, bowl gong and harmonium, textures of detailed acoustic sound, and sustained tones with gentle microtonal beating into a precise musical narrative. She juxtaposes recordings of rooms and empty vessels, natural and artificial climates, spontaneous and staged events. Ahti draws upon Annea Lockwood’s ideas about associative movements between sounds based on shared characteristics and sonic energy. Her approach to field recordings is neither diaristic, documentaristic, nor purely acousmatic, but rather it starts out from somewhere in between these notions: the sounds hover between abstraction and the deeply familiar, moving into a realm of poetic metaphor where they are set in relation to each other, fleetingly mirroring or shadow-dancing.

Marja Ahti (b. 1981) is a Swedish-born artist living and working in Turku, Finland. She has been an active part of the Finnish experimental music scene for more than ten years. This is her debut LP under her own name.

www.marjaahti.com


Kati Roover is an Estonian-Finnish visual artist based in Helsinki. In her works she approaches environmental changes through poetic imagination. Roover’s interests include human-non-human interaction, natural sciences, anthropology, special places, deep listening and documentary essay film. She works with moving image, photography, sound, text and installations.

Kati Roover will present a sound work, H2O – Creatures that was recently exhibited at Titanik Gallery in Turku. In the working process she has looked at the massive cultural changes where water’s cyclical time were condensed into simple H2O form. The mythical stories of water gave way to the linear time defined by a man. Human watery organs and the efficient processes created by them, work as modifiers of water structure and it’s flows in the environment. Water has become a commercially available, manageable and disappearing material or a hidden landfill. However, as an element, water is still like a permeable channel, a cyclical cycle of time and an all-embracing sensor: by its very nature, a state that registers change and challenges the senses to a different experience of reality.

http://www.katiroover.com/

Ääniaalto IV: Sound Art Exhibition

Ääniaalto IV: Sound Art Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: Wed-Sat 13.-16.3.2019

Opening time: 16:00-20:00 daily

LIVE Concert I: Friday 15.3.2019 at 18:00.

LIVE Concert II: Saturday 16.3.2019 at 18:00.

Free entry


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

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


LenaoooYuki – Sonic Illustrations

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

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

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

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

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


Olga Palomäki – Water Connection

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

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

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


Otso Sorvettula – About Time

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

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


Lauri Linna – Plants Pushing Buttons

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

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

Special thanks to Marloes van Son for electronics coaching.

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


Stephen Christopher Stamper: Live Concert

Friday 15.3.2019 at 18:00.

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

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

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


Autotel & co: Live Concert

Saturday 16.3.2019 at 18:00.

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

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

LIVE: MULTI-HAT EVENT

MULTI-HAT EVENT

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

Place: Lavaklubi, Kansallisteatteri (National Theatre)

Address: Läntinen Teatterikuja 1, Helsinki

Free admission


Multi-Hat Event

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

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

 

ARTISTS

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


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

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

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

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

DISCUSSION
All artists.


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Juha Valkeapää & Juhani Liimatainen

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

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

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Winter Birds

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


Petri Kuljuntausta is a composer, improviser, musician, and sonic artist. He has performed underwater music for an underwater audience, improvised with the birds, and made music out of whale calls and the sounds of the northern lights. As an artist he often works with environmental sounds, live-electronics, and installation art. Kuljuntausta has performed or collaborated with Morton Subotnick, Atau Tanaka, Richard Lerman, David Rothenberg, and Sami van Ingen, among others. He has made over 100 recordings for various record labels in Australia, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Sweden, UK and the USA. Star’s End and Inner Space radio shows selected Kuljuntausta’s ”Momentum” as one of the most significant CD releases of the year. Kuljuntausta has published three books on Sound Art and Electronic Music. In 2005 he won an award, The Finnish State Prize for Art, from the Finnish government as a distinguished national artist. http://kuljuntausta.com/


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

 

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.

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.

VOIX – A Group Exhibition

VOIX

Variety of sounds and ties to realities

A Group Exhibition

Date: 26.2. – 9.3.

Opening time:  Mon – Fri, klo 14-18.

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The University of Lapland brings to Helsinki a VOIX sound exhibition with nine artists. In the works will be examined the own space, environment, mass tourism, world conflicts, musical dimensions and independence. Artists come from Finland and China.

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Artists:

Dao (CN)
Kari Hautanen
Pekka Kumpulainen
Heidi Kenttälä
Dawei Li (CN)
Roope Mäenpää
Markku Riipi
Jari Rinne
Heikki Timonen

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DAO: EMPTY JOY

[Empty Joy] is a sound acquisition project that started in June 2017. It takes about 2 months to collect the national traditional music, Shaman’s sacrificial music, sound of nature and atmosphere in southwest China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. The movie [Empty Joy VOL1/Nothing], as a part of sound art project [Empty Joy], takes the concept of sound movie, is the Dao’s extension and experiment in his work. The sound acquisition project collects various sound, including the sacrificial music from Miao(a minority in Asia) in Vietnam, the Jinuo traditional songs, noise from flea markets in Dali(a major city in Yunnan), the sound of Buddhists’ chanting and bell ringing in Polo Temple in mountains, the sound when people practicing White Crane boxing, the sound comes from hundreds of bats in deserted temple in Vietnam and the sound recorded from Dao’s improvisation with local musicians in a reggae bar on Khao San Road in Thailand. At the same time, he inserts the clues of his experience in the movie, which are three sections of Dao performing saxophone and cello in the street. Dao uses the materials as veins of the sound movie and his story, playing a non-vison, auditory stimulation based movie.

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DAWEI  LI: 1200 SECONDS OF SUNSHINE IN BERLIN

Some images do not need to be processed or modified, just recording real pictures. The secret is the image itself, and it shows some sights to you, just like a mirror. The experimental image of 1,200 seconds of sunlight in Berlin is a coincidence. When first coming to Berlin, I was impressed by its unsettled weather that sun and rain often appeared in one day. I often saw that amounts of clouds fluttered with the wind in a fine weather, sunshine constantly appearing among the clouds. This scenery is very common in Berlin, but it can show different conditions under different substances. In a morning, I got up, seeing the sunlight filtering through the curtain into my interim studio in Berlin, where the shadows and the sunlight were interlaced with the moving clouds. I didn’t open the curtain to see the flowing clouds and sunny sky, while picturing this beautiful moment. MI Lin and I quickly move out the window workbench, starting to record this scenery. Also, some words from us and some voice of cough were included, I didn’t delete these because they were also necessary parts in the image.

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KARI HAUTANEN: UMBRELLA

A downward umbrella is hanging from the ceiling, with a small loudspeaker attached to it. The sound of rain can be heard through the loudspeaker. The umbrella acts as a parabolic reflector that reflects the sounds directly down. The sound is only heard when a PIR motion sensor detects a potential listener below the umbrella. The sound is produced using an Arduino microcomputer and an included SD memory card, plus a small loudspeaker. The umbrella is made of transparent plastic, with diameter ca. 70 cm.

 

KARI HAUTANEN: MIRROR

A board, or mirror, in which the sound that is heard transforms according to the general colouring of clothing of an approaching person. The board is located on the wall, and a viewer is able to see his or her own reflection. The camera lens monitors an approaching viewer and draws its own conclusions about the colours and the matching sounds. The computer and other electronics needed to produce the sound are latent. Colour analysis is carried out using RGB and Luminance sensors. The sound is produced using an Arduino microcomputer and an included SD memory card. Size of the artwork is 28 x 28 cm, with depth ca. 7 cm.

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PEKKA KUMPULAINEN: BOUNDARY

This artwork deals with its own space. The space of the artwork is technically bounded using a booth resembling a polling booth, with handsets and a picture inside.

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HEIDI KENTTÄLÄ: MASS TOURISM

Mass Tourism is an acoustic tour to the core of Rovaniemi Christmas Tourism. Rovaniemi and Lapland are described as magical and mythical, the home of exotic Santa Claus, where the number of reindeer exceeds the number of people. Tourists are set to enjoy reindeer rides, huskies, snowmobiles, and cross the Arctic Circle. By documenting the Rovaniemi Christmas season, I wonder how the clichés related to Christmas Tourism do sound – or not. Welcome to the journey!

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ROOPE MÄENPÄÄ: SARABANDE

Pastiche of J.S. Bach´s (1685–1750) G-major solo cello series, part Sarabande 2018

In the metadata of music, a lot is talked about the similarities of cello sound and human voice. It is believed that people like any sound that matches their own communication style. The form of Bach’s dances is plaited into its simplest shape, which puts the instrument, its sound and the musician’s sensitivity on a pedestal. Can musical communication understood as a flowing? Audio – 3′

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MARKKU RIIPI: FINLAND 100

Finland 100 deals with 100 years of significant events in Finnish history from an author’s point of view. Those events – both happy and sad – that have been fixed in the depths of memories of authors as very important events. Duration ca. 27 min.

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JARI RINNE: SNOWBALL SOUNDS

Snowball Sounds is driven by speech and the sounds of situations. The sounds of the artwork have been collected from What’s up voice messages and vocal reports sent by young people, as well as from trips to Serbia, China, Russia and Utsjoki.

Speech is the cleanest subjectivity, the formation of identities and the positioning of self into a position. Sound produces and limits space which as a speech and act produces a social identity that is constantly changing. Alternative identities, consisting of self and other dialogic categorisation skills, as well as identification, are built for other people and the world in everyday speech. In the blizzard of speaking, self is a product of socialisation and my own subjectivity snowballs among others. The artwork deals with the identity of individuals as possible worlds, whose various facets are brought forth by the thoughts seeking to shape their piecemeal monologues. Bladdery conventions governing in a temporarily seeming society bring forth identity crystals approved by the community, and in their snowdrifts we build our own snowflakes for speeches. The sound compilation reflects on Gareth Dylan Smith’s “Snowball Self”, a conceptual notion that describes the construction of identity from multiple meta-identities and contextual identities.

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HEIKKI TIMONEN: SOLO FOR BALALAIKA – THE POLITICAL ACT

Solo for Balalaika – The Political Act – in my performance artwork, I express my political opinion on current international politics in the spirit of Fluxus art trend. This artwork is based on the famous international conflicts that we have regretfully had to follow in recent years. Video duration: 1 min 10 sec.

Recording Session: Saliatahn & [ówt krì]

Saliatahn & [ówt krì]

December 21, 2017

Recording session at Akusmata, the duo created material for the new album with electronics, bicycle, cymbal etc. The musicians are Sergei Tumanov and Kenneth Kovasin.

Akusmata Sound Festival 2017

Akusmata Sound Festival 2017
1.9. – 3.9.2017

LIVE

WEDNESDAY 30.8.  |  18:00 – 22:00  |  Akusmata
Pre-Festival Event: City Escapes (EST, FIN)

 

FRIDAY 1.9.  |  19:00 – 22:00 Akusmata

Biblioteq Mdulair (SUI, FRA) & Synkie (SUI): Emma Souharce, Daniel Maszkowicz, Max Egger
dno< sound theater
(AUS, RUS): Denis Sorokin, Sergei Tumanov

 

SATURDAY 2.9.  |  19:00 – 22:00 |  Akusmata
Peak to Valley Ratio (DE): Adda Schade, David Krützkamp
Desert M (FIN): Valtteri Hyvärinen
Tottumiskysymys
(FIN): Olli Haveri, Jukka Laine, Ville Olaskari

 

SUNDAY 3.9.  |  18:00 – 22:00  |  Akusmata
Elías Merino (ESP)
Petteri Mäkiniemi (FIN)
Jarno Tikka & Suvi Linnovaara (FIN)
Housefire (USA):  Luciann Waldrup

20:00 Outdoor audiovisual concert | Tukholma park
City Mirage (SWE, FIN): Nina-Maria Oförsagd, PerViktor Hjalmarsson, Petri Kuljuntausta, Daniel Nyman, Jarno Tikka & Suvi Linnovaara

 

FULL PROGRAM (pdf)