Category: Sound Works


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) 

Ann Rosen: Runtom

Ann Rosén

Runtom

12.6. – 22.6.2017
Mon-Fri 14.00-18:00 PM

Opening on Friday, 9.6.2017, 18:00 PM.

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RUNTOM (‘Surrounding’) is composed at Visby International Center for Composers in the beautiful spring of 2009. It is a pure electro-acoustic work made within the digital domain using un-contaminated electronic sounds that where generated using the Max/MSP software for the shepard sounds and the Clavia G2 synthesizer for the noise-like sounds.

Ann Rosén was originally trained as a sculptor and has been active as a sound artist and composer since the 1990s. She is a founding member of Syntjuntan and 2013 their album was awarded the Manifest prize for the best experimental album. As well as creating sound installations Ann composes both instrumental and electroacoustic music often utilising her self-made electronic instruments. Ann’s latest album Bredvid was nominated to the Manifest prize 2017. Her trans-disciplinary umbrella project the Great Barrier Orchestra aims to challenge our inner and outer barriers, the ones we carry inside ourselves and the ones we encounter in the world around us.

LIVE: Rihmasto, Jukka Hautamäki, Pekka Tolonen

 

Rihmasto
Jukka Hautamäki
Pekka Tolonen

Fri 12.5.2017
Doors: 19.00
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

Produced w/ Aural Ataraxia

Live Stream here or here.


rihmasto

Jarkko Lahti and Jukka Andersson are the ambient project Rihmasto. Slow vibrations of Rihmasto will keep you at the frontiers of dreaming, where sense of time and space is warped. Acoustically living spaces and nebulus places take the listener to an experience of indefinite adventure, with the permission to get lost. When perspective and detection are blurred, small things feel larger, and vice versa. Ambience recordings are blended to synthetic and organic sounds in these loosely scripted stories. During the performance, little by little, the sound begins to take control and route the flow. Energy and forces of nature are strongly present and experience is very personal. The sound started at 1996. Live performances since the year 2000.

www.rihmasto.com


Jukka Hautamäki

Media artist Jukka Hautamäki (b. 1971) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Hautamäkis sound performances are microscopic studies into electronic sound. Live setup consists of DIY sound devices, which he manipulates in real time by changing components and reconnecting circuits. Music style could be described as abstract ambient noise with a twist. More information: jukkahautamaki.com

Interview by Avatar Centre (Quebec City, Canada), 12/2012.


Pekka Tolonen

Pekka Tolonen is one of the pioneers of Finnish electronic music. He is known from 80’s Argon/Organ synth-bands, and from compilation of Aids virus DNA code into music, stored in a time-capsule buried into the foundation stone of Science Centre Heureka.

Other 80’s works by Tolonen include computer-poetry Runerberg/Satunai with Arto Kytöhonka, Matrix Mind MUU group’s videoart with Otso Pakarinen, and Kalle Home-Psychiatrist program, which Jyrki Kasvi (now Finnish politician) converted to Commodore 64 for MikroBitti Magazine, and Erotic Virtual Personality Lulu debuted in Heureka’s Artificial Intelligence and Hyvinkää Erotic Art exhibions.

“It was continuum of my 70’s period, when I was building musical electro-shock machines, reverbs, flangers, synthesizers, run pirate radio stations and played progressive and heavy metal. Programming came up naturally when I got Apple computer in -81”, Tolonen remembers.

In Akusmata Tolonen plays analog plasma music, which has been made from realtime satellite data, measuring coronal mass ejections of the sun – and talks about modular synths and methods, which are suitable for artists interested in functional data-art genres.

A Serie of Sound Art exhibitions

Akusmata will open a serie of sound art exhibitions for the season 2016-17.
The Call for Works project info will be announced soon.

Minimalism Unbounded! The 5th International Conference on Minimalist Music

Akusmata Sound Art Gallery is collaborating with the Minimalism Unbounded! conference and curates content for the Music & Installation Program.

 
 

Minimalism Unbounded! The Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music

At this conference we will encourage new debates about the sounds and cultural meanings of minimalist music.

Usually associated with the North American style propagated since the 1960s by composers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and La Monte Young, the influence of minimalism on musical life and cross-arts practices extends beyond these now canonical figures and arguably also predates them. This conference will continue to direct focused attention towards the core repertory, but will also encourage work which challenges our assumptions about the boundaries of the style and its significance.

Minimalism Unbounded! will focus above all on the relevance of the minimalist style in the 21st century. The influence of minimalism is especially evident in music performed in multimodal and cross-artistic settings, including film, musical theatre, sound, installation and performance art. It has disseminated and transformed beyond its reductive origins in the musical avant-garde and is today heard in diverse settings, some of them recognisably postminimalist, informed by environmental concerns, inspired by spiritual or mystical ideas, and permeating popular styles and forms including film scores, ambient and drone music, glitch and IDM.

We welcome musicologists and composers, cultural theorists and philosophers, inter-arts researchers and music theorists with a view to stimulating lively debate about the past and current state of the art in minimalist music and cognate artistic practices.

Minimalism Unbounded! will be a dynamic academic and cultural event staged in two cities, Turku and Helsinki. It will include performances of recent and older music, workshops for composers, public talks and debates, and high-level academic presentations and discussions.

Music & Installation Program

Wed 23.9
8:00 pm CYCLES
Sirkkala (lobby between Artium & Minerva buildings), University of Turku
Performers: E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, Slow Floe, Atte Häkkinen
Terry Riley: Keyboard Studies II (arrangement for two synthesizers), performed by E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr
E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr: Sequencer variations (from Keyboard Studies II)
John Richardson: The Fold (song cycle in five parts), performed by Slow Floe
Atte Häkkinen: Loop impro (solo)

Thu 24.9
9:00 pm EGGS AND BASKETS
Sibelius Museum, Turku
Performers: Veli Kujala accordion, Tom Johnson narrator, and students of TUAS Arts Academy, coached by Mikko Luoma: Orestis Willemen, guitar, Freya Annina Frinschknecht, flute, Vadim Grumeza, violin, Anna-Maria Huohvanainen, violin.Erkki Salmenhaara: Sonatine for Flute and Guitar (10′, 1981)
Morton Feldman: Trio for Flutes (4’,30”, 1972)
Erkki Salmenhhara: Sonatine for Two Violins (12’, 1972)
Kyle Gann: Reticent Behemoth for quarter-tone accordion (6′, 2015, world premiere)
Tom Johnson: Eggs And Baskets for narrator, guitar and violin (12′, 1987)
Philip Glass: Head-on for piano trio (4′, 1967)

Fri 25 Sep
8:30 pm ÄÄNIVÄKEÄ – SOUND PEOPLE
Wegelius hall, Sibelius Academy, Töölönkatu 28, Helsinki
Performers: Eija Kankaanranta, Juulia Pölönen, Emma Kuntsi, Sarah Palu, kantele, Petri Kuljuntausta & Äänikuoro (sound choir), Assi Karttunen harpsichord, Antti Tolvi, pianoAntti Tolvi: Ääniväki (Sound Elves) (25’, 2012)
Hannu Saha: Arndt for 5-string kanteles (5′, 1986), performed by Eija Kankaanranta, Emma Kuntsi & Sarah Palu
Pekka Jalkanen: Toccata for kantele (8′, 1992), performed by Juulia Pölönen
John Bull, In nomine for harpsichord (4′, 16th Century), performed by Assi Karttunen
Katri Nironen: Agadir (extract) (6′, 1965),
Charlie Morrow: Counting to 9 – Toadfish Language (1973), performed by Petri Kuljuntausta & Äänikuoro
John Adams, China Gates (5′, 1977), arr. for kantele and harpsichord
Matthew Whittall: Wine-dark Sea for kantele and harpsichord (15’, 2008) performed by Eija Kankaanranta & Assi Karttunen
Tom Johnson: Counting To Seven (6′, 2012), performed by Petri Kuljuntausta & Äänikuoro

Sat 26.9. 
3:30-5:00 pm
Helsinki Music Centre, main entrance
Meri Kytö: Soundwalk (soundscape listening tour)
6:00-6:40 pm
Akusmata Sound Art Gallery (Tukholmankatu 7K, Helsinki)
Marko Timlin: Musta monoliitti (Black monolite) (30-40′, 2015), solo for äänilevykone.
7:30 pm FOCUS KYLE GANN
Black Box, Helsinki Music Centre
Performers: Emil Holmström, keyboard, Veli Kujala, quarter-tone accordion, Eija Kankaanranta, electric kantele, Antti Ohenoja, Jussi Markkanen, Petteri Kippo, Aleksi Haapaniemi, percussion, Jon-Patrik Kuhlefelt, sound7:30 pm
Kyle Gann interviewed by Matthew Whittall
8 pm
Kyle Gann: Unquiet Night (Mechanical Piano Study No. 10) (16’, 2004)
Tom Johnson: Tango, arrangement for 5-string kantele and accordion (4’, 1984)
Kyle Gann: Reticent Behemoth for quarter-tone accordion (6′, 2015)
Kyle Gann: The Unnameable for keyboard sampler and soundfile (12’, 2012)
Juhani Nuorvala: Concertino for electric kantele and soundtrack (7′, 2000/2014)
Kyle Gann: Snake Dance No. 2 for percussion quartet (12’, 1995)

Wed 23 – Sun 27

SOUND INSTALLATIONS

Juha van Ingen & Janne Särkelä ‘ASLAP. A 1000 year long animated GIF loop’ (Hommagé to John Cage) (2015). Fish Gallery (Alppikatu 17 lh2, Helsinki) Installation open only on Sat 26th, 2-7 pm.

Marko Timlin
‘Bits and Bytes’ (2015). Akusmata Sound Art Gallery (Tukholmankatu 7K, Helsinki)​
Installation open 2-6 pm daily

Petri Kuljuntausta
‘Transporter’ (2015), Sirkkala, University of Turku
Installation open Wed-Fri 8 am-8 pm, Sat-Sun 8 am-4 pm

Jari Kauppinen: vib || sub

vib || sub
sound installation by Jari Kauppinen

17.4. – 24.4.2015
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 14 – 18

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vib || sub is a sound installation that will be exhibited in Galleria Akusmata 17. – 24. April. It consists of three pieces, ”Touchthesound”, ”The Fountain of Perennial Harmony” and ”Eighteen Ninetyeight”. Each of them has a different perspective on subsonic vibration. They also differ from each other in their technical complexity and design strategies. What these pieces have in common is the fact that they operate in the act of the encounter, the effect they impose on the spectator is not easily transferable or mediatable. They have to be experienced in situ. Their haptic and corporeal elements operate on touch or near proximity; in the space, place and situation these pieces occupy, speaking mainly to the body, working within the affective domain, alongside the cognitive processes.

Jari “Suopo” Kauppinen is a sound artist and sound designer. He had his first solo sound exhibition ”The Phantasmagoria of Sound Physiology” in 1997. He has worked extensively with sound and music as an independent sound artist, composer and musician creating a multitude of works in the fields of sound art, music, radiophonic works, site-specific sound art, sound installations, performances, electronic instruments and so on. He has also been taking part in the work of numerous production groups, theatre and dance companies by designing and realizing soundworlds to dozens of theatre and dance productions, performances, installations, exhibitions and spaces. Currently he is a lecturer of sound design in the University of the Arts Helsinki.