Category: Sound Works


7K (Group Exhibition)

7K

Group Exhibition
4.4.–26.4.2013


Sound art: art about sound, using sound as both its medium and subject
Sound artist: a person who utilizes sound as a medium/subject in his/her art
Sound art gallery: a space that exhibits sound art

7K is a proposition on what sound could be in a gallery context, made by seven artists. The exhibition asks what kind of ways of representation sound art has and what sound could tell us about space and place. As a result to these processes the exhibition introduces seven works to the public.

The thematic basis for these seven works is the actual exhibition space, Sound Art Gallery Akusmata, as a space, place and time. The works take different approaches in dealing with the characteristics of Akusmata as a physical, historical and social space. The exhibition explores sound as art and as a medium for information and also deals with the relationship between the exhibition and the one experiencing it.

The artists of 7K:

Ina Aaltojärvi

Ilpo Heikkinen

Markus Heino

Viljami Lehtonen

Joonas Outakoski

Aki Päivärinne

Johannes Vartola

The artists of this exhibition are MA-students majoring in Sound Design in the Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki.

Sami van Ingen & Petri Kuljuntausta: A

A (2013)
Sound installation

25.2.-28.3.2013

A (2013) is a new collaboration between visual artist Sami van Ingen and sound artist Petri Kuljuntausta. In A, a deep sound frequency moves water on the mirror, until the water represents the sound in a geometrical form. Laser beams hits the mirror surface and the soundified water modulates the reflection of the beams. Modulated laser beams creates moving images of the sound frequency on the walls of the gallery.

Sami van Ingen makes experimental films and installations based on the moving image. One of the main characteristics of his work is an examination of the cinematic apparatus itself and the boundaries within it. His works have been screened in many national and international festivals and venues over the years. Collaborators include filmmakers Philip Hoffman and Bruce Baillie, as well as composer Petri Kuljuntausta.

Petri Kuljuntausta is a sonic artist, composer, musician and researcher. In close collaboration with natural scientists, he has composed an underwater music and made music out of whale calls and the sounds of the northern lights. Environmental sounds, live-electronics, improvisation and collaborations with media artists have influenced him as a composer. He received the Finnish State Prize for Art in 2005.

Mutanoid Custom Shop

Äänitaiteen galleria Akusmatan yhteyteen avattava Mutanoid Custom Shop on hanke jossa luodaan julkaisu- ja jakelukanava kannettaville patterikäyttöisille ääni-instrumenteille. Mutanoid Custom Shop kokoaa soitinrakentajat yhteen ja MCS-sivuston kautta rakentajat löytävät soittimilleen ostajia koti- ja ulkomailta. Maassamme on tehty kuluneen vuosikymmenen aikana kymmeniä hienoja äänikojeita, jotka ovat taideteoksia jo sinänsä. Mutta usein soitinhankkeet ovat jääneet keskeneräisiksi. Rakentaja on tehnyt soittimen kokeilumielessä ja prototyypiksi omaan käyttöönsä ja se on esimerkiksi vailla koteloa. Julkaisu Mutanoid-sarjassa tarjoaa rakentajille syyn viedä kehitteillä olevan idean ja keskeneräisen laitteen suunnittelu loppuun asti.

Soitinrakentajat voivat lähettää ehdotuksiaan Mutanoid Custom Shop -tuotesarjaan. Pääsy julkaisusarjaan edellyttää että soitin on soinniltaan kiinnostava, se on varmatoiminen ja se on suunniteltu loppuun asti aina ulkokuorta (koteloa) myöten. Kun laite hyväksytään tuotesarjaan, rakentaja sitoutuu toimittamaan äänilaitetta myyntiin yhden tai muutaman kappaleen sarjan. Soittimella on tuotenimi, siitä otetaan valokuvia, videoclippi ja ääninäytteitä laitteelle avattavaa omaa nettisivua varten. MSC-sarjan soittimet ovat nähtävillä ja kokeiltavissa Akusmatassa ja soittimia myydään gallerian ja netin kautta.

Mutanoid Custom Shop -hanketta on kehitetty Akusmatassa loppuvuodesta 2012 lähtien. Hanketta tukee AVEK. MCS-nettisivut aukeavat kevään 2014 aikana.

Akusmata at Resonanssi

AKUSMATA presentation at Resonanssi!

On Saturday October 6th 2012, a selection of Akusmata artists will be presented at Resonanssi event. The event will be held at Arthouse Cinema Niagara, Tampere. Professionals and students of film sound and music will meet each other in this third annual seminar. This year’s theme is ”Active sound”.

Akusmata program:

1. Dennis Tan: Harmonize (2012)
2. Kacper Ziemianin: Around the clock (2012)
3. Charlie  Morrow: Sound Glass Space (2012)
4. Janne Särkelä:  Ambient² (2012)
5. Petri Kuljuntausta: Black Groove (2012), video: Random Doctors & Klaustrofobia

All works in this concert were originally presented at Sound Art Gallery Akusmata. Many of these works are originally multichannel installations, so for this concert the artists reworked their piece and composed a special version of the work. Sound Art Gallery Akusmata is a gallery for Sound Art, Sound Installations, and sound-based Media Art and Video Art. The gallery also presents radiophonic, acousmatic and soundscape compositions. Akusmata opened its doors in February 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.

Dennis Tan
HARMONIZE

The works in the exhibition Sound Kinesis, deals mainly with the kinetic properties of sound. Low frequency sounds, not audible to the human ear, are used to visualize the characteristics of the modified loudspeakers. In this piece Harmonize, these sounds are remixed where ghostly frequencies appears out from the inaudible.

Kacper Ziemianin
AROUND THE CLOCK

In our everyday life and routines we don’t notice the ordinary sounds around us. Whether we are in the city or in the park there is always an acoustic space around us, but most of the time we filter this out from our consciousness. However if we record these sounds and put them outside of their everyday context we can listen to them in a new, acousmatic, way and they might take us to other places, times and memories.
All the environmental sounds used in this work were recorded during Kacper Ziemianin’s stay in Helsinki and Espoo in early August 2012. These sounds represent different moods and time of day and night in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
For this concert Kacper Ziemianin made a new version on the work. The stereo mix is realized from multichannel sound installation. The central point of the installation is a clock. Visitors at Akusmata Sound Art Gallery can bring to life and explore sounds from various times of the day by moving their hands around the clock. This way they create their own journey through the time and soundscapes.

Charlie  Morrow
SOUND GLASS SPACE

Four glass works by Harri Koskinen are sonified by custom sonic activators in a MorrowSound True3d spatial environment created with eight Koskinen-designed Genelec loudspeakers and subwoofer.
Morrow’s sound is heard in the True3D sound space and close-up through the glass objects.  The soundscape is four seasons of Finland in natural sound winter spring summer and eternal autumn.
The project is the first in a series of collaborations growing from Morrow’s sharing of Koskinen’s Helsinki atelier. The stereo remix is 3 minutes 50 sec.

Janne Särkelä
AMBIENT²

In AMBIENT² the sound landscape of Harakka island (Helsinki) is turned into music – into another language through a computer-abled generative process. We are born into a sound landscape, which we learn to be the familiar foundation compared to which everything is strange and peculiar. The question is about interpretation. When the soundscape is repeated as music something weird and unexpected is revealed.
Music created by the AMBIENT² does not conform with any existing tuning system. It re-creates the frequencies of the source material with synthetic instruments as a spectral music application. The composer is the observed space and the resulting piece never quite exactly repeats itself. The music thus created is not aleatory but determined by its own rules.
The form of the music is defined by ambient aesthetics, and in this case ambient sound creates the ambient music and the borders of music and the world are seamlessly intertwined.

Petri Kuljuntausta
BLACK GROOVE

Few years ago I found from flea market two old Siemens sound test records from the 1930s.  In Black Groove these records are used as the basic sound source. At first the records were digitalized at the Sound Restoration unit of Finnish National Library. This was necessary as you can’t play this old gramophone records with modern record players. At the Finnish National Library they did a special job to me: at first, they digitalized the records, and next I wanted them to remove all information out from the records. What was left was clicks and pops, surface noises, noise of dirt, mechanical noises and electrical noises of the records and record player.  These sounds were distributed over the multichannel loudspeaker system in the Akusmata gallery space. Thus the visitors could move in the “space of groove” and spatially mix these vinyl noises together.
The video of the Black Groove is sound reactive and it follows the groove noises in real-time. When there is no sound, the line is straight, but it becomes active immediately when the noises appear. In the gallery we used five invisible curtains that were hanging in the space. These multiplied the line five times and visitors saw the lines in the air. Thus the 3D space was created with digital and analogical means. The video showed in this concert is edited version of the gallery work.

Kacper Ziemianin: Around the Clock

Kacper Ziemianin
AROUND THE CLOCK
– multichannel sound installation

17 – 31 August 2012
Sound Art Gallery Akusmata

In our everyday life and routines we don’t notice the ordinary sounds around us. Whether we are in the city or in the park there is always an acoustic space around us, but most of the time we filter this out from our consciousness.

However if we record these sounds and put them outside of their everyday context we can listen to them in a new, acousmatic, way and they might take us to other places, times and memories.

All the environmental sounds used in this audio installation were recorded during Kacper Ziemianin’s stay in Helsinki and Espoo in early August 2012. These sounds represent different moods and time of day and night in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

The central point of the installation is a clock. Visitors at Akusmata Sound Art Gallery can bring to life and explore sounds from various times of the day by moving their hands around the clock. This way they create their own journey through the time and soundscapes.

KACPER ZIEMIANIN is MUU’s artist in residence in August 2012. The residency is organized in cooperation with the Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation. MUU’s Sound workshop, run by Ziemanin, will be held in Cartes, Espoo. On Monday, August 13, at 6 pm he will give an Artist Talk in the MUU gallery.

exhibition info & bioKacper Ziemianin homepage

In cooperation with:
Sound Art Gallery Akusmata http://akusmata.com
Artists’ Association MUU http://www.muu.fi
Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation http://www.ateljeesaatio.fi
Cartes http://cartes-art.fi

Summer Holidays

Akusmata will be closed for summer holidays in June-July. During this period we will still respond to emails.

Under Construction

The gallery is under construction in May. The next exhibition is in August 2012.

Dennis Tan: Sound Kinesis

Dennis Tan

SOUND KINESIS
23.3.-20.4.2012

Movement causes sounds and sounds causes movement. Sound Kinesis is a series of installations on the kinetic qualities of sounds.

1. Searching for grey in black and white, 2010
6 Channel Sound Installation

2. Perpusila, 2007
8 Channel Sound Installation
18 Speakers, Black Cables

3. And time goes on, 2009
12 Small Speakers with Wire, Big Black Speaker

4. Being on the moon, 2010
4 Channel Sound Composition for Speakers

Dennis Tan homesite & CV.

Akusmata valmistuu…

Akusmatalla ei ole säännöllisiä aukioloaikoja joulukuulta tammikuun loppupuolelle, jolloin tilaa rakennetaan ja näyttelytekniikkaa testataan, mutta galleriatiloihin voi tulla tutustumaan sopimalla ajasta sähköpostitse: galleria.akusmata@gmail.com. Tietoa tulevista näyttelyistä on Exhibitions-sivulla.

Äänitaidegalleria Akusmatan kotisivu on avattu! Gallerian ensimmäinen näyttely avautuu yleisölle helmikuussa 2012. Tarkempia tietoja näyttelytoiminnasta julkaistaan myöhemmin tällä sivulla. Akusmata sijaitsee osoitteessa Tukholmankatu 7 K, 00270 Helsinki.

The homesite of the Sound Art Gallery Akusmata opened today! The opening of the first exhibition is in February 2012. More information about the gallery will be published later at this site. The address of Akusmata is Tukholmankatu 7 K, 00270 Helsinki, Finland.