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Kenneth Kovasin: DIY – Do It Yourself

Kenneth Kovasin
DIY – Do It Yourself

2. 5.8.2023, 14:00-18:00 (daily)

CLOSING CONCERT: 5.8.2023, 18:00: BRYSKT (after the exhibition closes)

During the COVID pandemic I started a harsh noise project “BRYSKT” that focused on a number of aspects: my passion for building instruments, my bi-lingual Fenno-Swedish legacy and harsh violent music. What started as a therapy project has become a massive part of what I do. “DIY – Do It Yourself” is a testament to 3 years of finding my voice as a harsh noise musician, through replication and creation of tools of the trade based on pictures and ideas which I found online.
The spark for the instruments constructed for this project has been ignited by products found in hardware- and hobby-stores in addition to developing ideas which were inspired by other people. All the parts are commercially available including basic microphones, and instrument and effects pedal components. Everyday objects can be easily combined into weird tools of sonic mayhem.
In the exhibition “DIY – Do It Yourself” you will have the possibility of trying out an array of different self-made instruments and filling the room with a soundscape interactively conjured up with these tools. All instrument sounds will be processed in an effects chain which is similar to the one which I use to create the noise frequencies for “BRYSKT”.

Kenneth Kovasin is a Fenno-Swedish sound artist and experimental musician from Helsinki, Finland. His works are created with self-built instruments and are often minimalistic.
Kenneth has toured at festivals in the United States, Sweden and Estonia with his project [ówt krì] and has performed many concerts in Finland.
Kenneth’s first sound installation “Urban Evolution” was on display during the (con)temporary festival organized by LéSPACE in Helsinki between September 18th and October 3rd, 2015.
“From Bow to Stem – A Daxophone study” was exhibited at Akusmata in Helsinki between August 3rd to 7th 2020. For the festival “Porvoon Lights” in 2023 Kenneth collaborated with light artist Janne Parviainen on his creation “Vapautuminen”, providing an accompanying soundscape with the track “Flight to Kailash”.
When not performing music Kenneth also produces concerts in cooperation with the Akusmata Sound Gallery. He is also one of the founding members of Frekvenssi, a collective promoting audial art in Finland.

LIVE: Post Doom Romance, Off-World Moments, [ówt krì]

Post Doom Romance / Off-World Moments / [ówt krì]

Live at Akusmata on 27.7.2023

18:30 Doors
19:00 [ówt krì]
19:30 Off-World Moments
20:00 Post Doom Romance

Post Doom Romance

DADA-esque assemblages of sound and image passed back and forth
like love letters between seah and mykel boyd.

Off-World Moments
“The aim is to form a contact with Music and play notes that are true.”
Off-World Moments is the ambient music project created by the Finnish musician, dancer and multidisciplinary artist Lauri Peltonen.
Off-World Moments trusts the power of Music and Silence and their ability to transform and elevate our lives. As the name suggests the moments that are captured in sound are moments that unite different worlds. The voyage of Off-World Moments has just begun and it might lead us into unexpected places!

[ówt krì]
[ówt krì] is a dark ambient project from Helsinki native Kenneth Kovasin that inspects dark sound textures. In his music he weaves abstract soundscapes that explore the darkest corners of humanity and the mind. The soundscapes are organic compositions that are created with sound looping, effects and DIY instruments.

Tom Djll, Tim Perkis & Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (US/FI): KINDA GREEN (LIVE)

Cancelled: Tom Djll, Tim Perkis &
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen


26.6.2023 @ 18:00 – 21:00

– The concert is Cancelled –

Tom Djll, trumpet + electronics

Tim Perkis, electronics

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, guitar + electronics


Tom Djll is an American musician based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985. His chief
area of work is among improvisational practices, using trumpet and analog synthesizers. In
his solo practice, Djll often disassembles/reconstructs the trumpet using simple, sometimes
found materials and objects, resulting in an idiomatic, self-contained brass language with
Dadaistic overtones. He regards these temporary instruments as characters in improvised
scenarios, giving them names such as Whirly Honkblatter and Operation Remote Dislocation
Voice-Throwing Irrigator. Djll also incorporates electronics and movement into his solo and
group practice.
Djll’s long-term projects include:
• Grosse Abfahrt — investigations of sociality, identity and language among simultaneous
groupings of improvisers. Core members Gino Robair, matt ingalls, John Shiurba and Tim
• Tender Buttons — instant compositions for piano, toys and electronics, with Tania
Caroline Chen and Gino Robair
• Euphotic — sound environments arising from localized hermetic/invented instrumental
approaches, with Cheryl Leonard and Bryan Day
Djll has been long associated with Bay Area creative music, beginning in 1985 at Mills
College (MFA, 1993-95) then as a founding member of the Improvised Music Association
(1991), FREEWAY (1992-5) and the Transbay Creative Music Calendar (2000-10); as an oncall
member of sfSound, the Mills College Didjeridoo Ensemble, Robair’s I, Norton
ensembles, The Molecules, The Mills College Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Church of
the Super Serge, and the Doors That Only Open In Silence and Resonant Frequencies series
as well as collaborations with the Splatter Trio, Chris Brown, Jack Wright, Toyoji Tomita,
Christopher Williams, William Winant, Fred Frith, Tony Passarell, Tom Nunn, Kyle Bruckmann,
Karen Stackpole, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, John McCowen, Phillip Greenlief, and gabby
Djll contributed to music periodicals The Wire, Musicworks, Signal to Noise and online outlets
Paris Transatlantic and One Final Note from 2002–2012. He is a subject in the 2007
documentary on Bay Area musicians Noisy People, by Tim Perkis.


Tim Perkis is a well-known figure in the worlds of improvised and electronic music. He is
also a founding member of several electronic music ensembles, including the pioneering
computer network band The Hub. Recordings of his music are available on the Artifact,
Tzadik, New World and EMANEM labels, among others. His documentary film NOISY
PEOPLE(2007) and the NOISY PEOPLE podcast (2015) are available at Tim and
the HUB were the recipients of the GigaHertz Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Electronic
Music from ZKM in Karlsruhe Germany, in 2018.


Jukka-Pekka Kervinen is a Finnish composer, writer and musician. His works are focused on
algorithmic systems, computer-assisted musical processes and composition, free improvisation, aleatoric processes, also microtonal, experimental and electronic pieces for various combinations of human-machine interactions, processed sounds, and open scores for various ensembles and solo pieces. He is a member of Wandelweiser collective.

Diane Barbé, Irwin Barbé & Pablo Diserens (DE/FR): in-animate matter (LIVE)

Diane Barbé, Irwin Barbé & Pablo Diserens
in-animate matter (LIVE)

Friday 16.6.2023 at 19:00.
– Voluntary entry fee –

field recordings, wind instruments, analogical synthesis, ecology, music

in-animate matter
Diane Barbé, Irwin Barbé & Pablo Diserens present in-animate matter, an experimental research project that brings together field recording, wind instruments and analogical synthesis in a practice of soundscape representation and imitation. During a two-week residency at the biological research station of Kilpisjärvi in the Arctic, the three artists investigated the symbiotic linkages between biophonic and geophonic entities in the fells, and will present a series of sound vignettes encountered on their matter is funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Community and by the European Union.

Diane Barbé

Weaving together experimental music, biophonic research and activism, Diane Barbé (she/they) explores human and non-human worlds through sound. Based in Berlin since 2015, she operates at the intersection of ecology and music, working with field recording as much as with synthesis and acoustic instruments. Her debut album of cinema-without-images, “a conference of critters”, was released on the Berlin phonography label forms of minutiae in October 2022. She is currently creating an ensemble of wind instruments, percussions, bird calls and little sound devices, called The Alien Kin, used to explore the playful and ineffable spaces of interspecies communication and nonhuman languages.
latest release: a conference of critters, 2022

Irwin Barbé

Irwin Barbé (he/him) explores the border areas between abstraction, fiction and documentary through musical and visual practices. His work weaves links between heterogeneous worlds : acousmatic music and biomimicry, psychedelism and astronomical research, sensory illusions and urban planning, fractal geometry and mass consumption. These non-dualistic explorations have been presented in various forms over the last years : exhibitions, live performances, books, albums…
latest release: azurescens, 2022

Pablo Diserens
Pablo Diserens (she/they) is a field recordist, musician and artist devoted to non-human realities, attentive listening and possible forms of coexistence between species. Through an ecologically engaged multidisciplinary creative practice, she investigate diverse biomes and acoustic events using acoustic and visual recording techniques. Her work mixes sound, music, images and text to emphasize deep listening and connection. Here, acoustic ecology, photographic and electroacoustic forms bring to the fore the biological and geological properties of the environments explored. In solidarity with a wounded planet, Diserens’ practice invites people to attune to the present in an attempt at rethinking caring strategies and our relationship with the world and its biotic communities.
instagram @pablodiserens
latest release: upstream ensemble, 2023

Toisia ääniä: Heli Hartikainen, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

Toisia ääniä: Heli Hartikainen, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen


Heli Hartikainen: puhaltimet
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen: kitara, elektroniikka

Pe 28.4.2023 klo 18.00-20.00
Vapaa pääsy
Tukholmankatu 7 K, 00270 Helsinki


Heli Hartikainen on rajoja rikkova saksofonisti, klarinetisti, säveltäjä ja esiintyvä taiteilija, jonka erityisaloja ovat vapaa improvisaatio ja monitaiteinen työskentely. Hartikaisen omaleimainen sävelkieli, rikas saksofonisoundi ja holistinen heittäytymiskyky ovat tehneet hänestä kysytyn esiintyjän vapaan taiteen kentillä. Hartikainen tunnetaan erityisesti sooloprojektistaan CHRONOVARIATIONS, joka oli osa vuoden 2022 Flow Festivalia ja taidefolk-yhtyeestään Aoide, jonka ensilevyn levy-yhtiö Helmi Levyt julkaisi syksyllä 2020.

Heli Hartikainen. Kuva: Heidi Piiroinen

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen on säveltäjä, ja muusikko, Wandelweiser-kollektiivin jäsen. Muusikkona hän on keskittynyt kokeelliseen, vapaaseen improvisaatioon ja erilaisiin algoritmisiin systeemeihin. Hänen uusimmat levyt on julkaistu eri levy.yhtiöillä kuten Edgetone Records, pan y rosas discos ja Creative Sources Recordings.

Johanna Sulalampi: Kuroma – keraamisia ääniveistoksia

Johanna Sulalampi
Kuroma – keraamisia ääniveistoksia

Ma–Pe  17.–21.4.2023, klo 14-18.

Kuroma on keraamisten ääniveistosten kokoelma, joka on syntynyt huomion reunamilta purskahtelevien ja hiljaisesti vaikuttavien inhimillisten ja ei inhimillisten toimijoiden hallitsemassa toimintaympärisössä. Pienhiukkaset, jäkälät, roiskeet, traumat, punajuurikroketit, lämpötila, kohtaamattomuus, ilmankosteus, R-juna, pelko tulevaisuudesta, astma, sosiaalinen hämmennys, ironia, unettomuus, merkityksensä menettäneet äänimerkit sekä pintojen heijastukset ovat suodattuneet yli ja ali virittyneen ihmisen hermoston ja elimien lävitse ääneksi ja keramiikaksi.
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Tekijäänsä Johanna Sulalampea inspiroivat äänessä olemattomien olentojen
äänet, kollaasit ja maskit, äänen ruumiin tilalliset muodonmuutokset sekä synestesia. Veistokset muotoutuivat toiveista löytää äänelle kulkureittejä, sijainteja ja suhteita toisiinsa, sekä mielenkiinnosta tarkastella äänen liikkeen ja visuaalisen impulssin aikaansaamia psykoakustisia vaikutelmia. Saven keramiikaksi aikaan jähmettyneet kehot muodostavat onteloita äänelle elää ja pesiä. Veistokset kätkevät sisälleen 24-kanavaisen ambisonisuutta hyödyntävän äänijärjestelmän.

Håkon Lie(NO), Sindre Bjerga (NO), Jukka Kääriäinen: 3 x solos

Håkon Lie (NO), Sindre Bjerga (NO), Jukka Kääriäinen: 3 x solos

Mon 3.4.2023, at 18:00

Evening of experimental music.
Three solos from the following performers.
HÅKON LIE (NORWAY) is playing his howling, clacking modified turntables, his distorted tapes and his amplified metal objects in a confusing, fragmented and sometimes humorous fashion. “No idea who Håkon Lie is, I’m presuming he’s not the Norwegian politician who passed away in 2009 [Editor’s note: Google journalism at its finest there]. Live tape manipulations are extrapolated into new vistas of nada while battery operated toys are triggered with buttocks. Recognizable chunks of popular music are fed into the belly of the beast and coughed out as garish and slightly frightening splats of wha?? An American instructional tape finishes the set by intoning: We become what we think about” – Luke Vollar, Radio Free Midwich
SINDRE BJERGA (NORWAY) has been active in the shady back alleys of experimental sound since the mid-1990s, exploring drone music, homemade low-tech electronics and sound collaging. He has been touring quite extensively around the world, Europe, UK, Argentina, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and numerous times in Japan, playing several hundred gigs He has also held numerous workshops for children and adults building sound objects and self-made instruments. Lately Bjerga has been working more with cassette collages, utilizing found tapes as well as pre-recorded tapes, often mixing and stacking sounds from very different sources, creating these odd, unique and even embarrassing moments. The performative elements in the shows have also been highlighted more lately. Bjerga has been known to wander about in the audience, setting up spontaneous fragile “sound sculptures”, tying audience members up with cassette tape exploring the relationship between artist and audience.
JUKKA KÄÄRIÄINEN is a musician and sound artist based in Helsinki Finland. Jukka is an active performer in the Finnish scene of improvised and contemporary music and has collaborated with musicians such as Teppo Hauta-Aho, Kalle Kalima, Harri Sjöström, Emilio Gordoa, Elena Kakaliagou, Rieko Okuda, Antti Virtaranta, Roomet Jakapi, Lauri Hyvärinen, Ilia Belorukov, Anil Eraslan, Mikko Innanen and Paul Pignon and has premiered pieces by composers such as Sebastian Hilli, Sami Klemola, Clara de Asis and Leo Dupleix. Jukka is also a member of contemporary music ensemble Sähkökitarakvartetti.

Diaspora Focii Collective (USA) + friends

Diaspora Focii Collective + friends

31.3.2023 at 18:00.

Diaspora Focii Collective was founded in San Francisco to spread the healing power of improvisation and indigenous musics. Drawn from several bands, the DFC plays a blending of Jazz, Psychedelic, Electro-acoustic Noise, Folk and World Music.

For our Scandinavian concerts we include Mika Pontecorvo (electronics, guitar, flute), a composer, instrumentalistist, artist Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (guitar, electronics), and a instrumentalist, composer, dog walker Elijah Pontecorvo (electric 6-string bass). Guest musician: Otso Pakarinen, electronics.
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///Pink Twins///Nicolina Stylianou///Tottumiskysymys///

///Turun Syntetisaattoriseuran Oopperaorkesteri///Mesak///[ówt krì]///

Thursday-Friday 19.-20.1.2023 at 6-9 pm


-free entrance-

AKUSMATA POLYPHONIC is an intensive sound art and electronic music event at Vuotalo Cultural Centre in Helsinki. Invited musicians, composers and sound artists are offering for the audience a wide spectrum of new sonic expression from the fields of experimental electronic music, sound art, noise and ambient. The program includes modular sound systems, do-it-yourself musical instruments, and improvised music with attitude.
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THURSDAY 19.1. at 6-9 pm
FRIDAY 20.1 at 6-9 pm

“There are things known and things unknown, and in between are the Pink Twins.”
Pink Twins was formed in 1997 by brothers Juha and Vesa Vehviläinen, artists, filmmakers and electronic musicians, born and raised in Helsinki, Finland. Since starting in the hotbed of arts and underground music that was turn-of-the-millennium Helsinki, Pink Twins have polished their musical and visual output into a distinctive and superimmersive audiovisual mayhem.
The colourful, abstract cyclic flow of their animation works focus on human perception, its functionality and limits. In their audiovisual live performances Pink Twins create a wholesome and transformative experience with an extremely detailed wall of sound made of concrete and electronic sounds, noises and harmonic musical elements, mixed with immersive video projections.
Pink Twins have presented their works in exhibitions and festivals on all continents and performed audiovisual live shows through Europe, Americas, Asia and Australia.
Nicolina Stylianou is an artist and independent curator working in the intersection between performance, sound and sculpture. The spectrum of her interest lies in the absurdity of existence and the in-betweenness of bodies, objects, things, spaces, networks and subjects as states of transition, transformation and noise. Nicolina holds a Masters of Arts (Theatre and Drama) from the Theatre Academy – University of the Arts Helsinki (FI), and a BA (hons) in Art & Design from Kingston University London (UK). She is a member at Artists’ Association MUU in Finland, and at Visual Artists and Art Theorists Association – phytorio in Cyprus. She is the artistic director at “SENSORIUM SPACE Happenings”: a mobile platform dedicated to engage with the art of living exhibits; and the founder of “Conjoined Fugue” working group collective, in Finland. @aetherlinna
Balancing between acoustic and electric sound painting and sometimes standing still in complete darkness, Tottumiskysymys is just a question of getting used to. Since 2008 an improvisational touch to creating performances has dominated this nowadays electrified collective. The collective comprises of Olli Haveri (El.mandolin, Otamatone), Jukka Laine (Bass, perc.), Ville Olaskari (Modular synth​, Slidetar), Pekka Parviainen (Bass) and Juha Kemppainen (Modular synth). The performance at Akusmata is completed with their own light design.
Tatu Metsätähti is the other side of the Mr Velcro Fastener electro duo that gained fame at the turn of the millennium. Since then, he has performed as a solo artist under the name Mesak and produced and made a variety of electronic music. In the piece heard at the Vuotalo concert, Mesak plays various delay and reverb devices.
Turun Syntetisaattoriseuran Oopperaorkesteri (TSO) is Turku-based electronic music orchestra that was formed in 2022 to perform experimental electronic and electro-acoustic music.
Accompanying an experimental opera, that is composed by Helsinki-based composer and sound artist Petri Kuljuntausta, will be the first major work for the TSO in 2023 and the following years. Besides accompanying the opera TSO will also perform the opera music on it’s own in few concerts in 2023. At Akusmata Polyphonic 2023 TSO makes its first public appearance performing three experimental pieces composed by Petri Kuljuntausta for the upcoming opera.
TSO is composed of the key members of Turun syntetisaattoriseura (Turku Synth Club): Ossi Hätönen, Jesse Juup, Markus Kaunismäki, Jaakko Penttinen and Teppo Toivonen.
[ówt krì] is a Helsinki-based Dark Ambient sound project that started late 2005. The project is the solo effort of Kenneth Kovasin, a self-taught sound artist from Helsinki, Finland. Kenneth creates soundscapes mainly through looping sounds created by effects and self-made instruments.
Lauri Peltonen is a dancer, choreographer, musician and a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in many fields. Peltonen has done many projects exploring the relationship between dance and live music — ranging from experimental dark ambient to classical opera. Some of the concepts he is working on at the moment include Common Impulse Exploration (CIE) and Circles In Motion (CIM). He has performed internationally for example in England, Iceland and USA.
Sonja Peuhkurinen is a Finnish artist, contemporary dancer, flute player and a member of the artist collective Oneiros Resort. She is particularly interested in art’s ability to deepen and brighten life.

An Evening of Ambient

An Evening of Ambient

Andrea Camporotondo

[ówt krì] w/ Lauri Peltonen & Sonja Peuhkurinen, dance

19.11.2022 at 18:00
-free entrance-

Live ambient sounds
18:00 the doors
18:30 Sonja Peuhkurinen
19:15 [ówt krì] w/ Lauri Peltonen
20:10 Andrea Camporotondo

Sonja Peuhkurinen
Sonja Peuhkurinen is a flute player and contemporary dancer from Helsinki. Her musical work is focused on creating calm flute ambient. She is particularly interested in art’s ability to deepen and brighten life.
[ówt krì]
[ówt krì] is Helsinki-based Dark Ambient sound project that started late 2005. The project is a solo effort of Kenneth Kovasin, a self-taught sound artist from Helsinki, Finland. Kenneth creates soundscapes mainly through looping sounds created by effects and self-made instruments.
Lauri Peltonen
Lauri Peltonen is a Finnish multidisciplinary artist who has worked in many fields of art. He is best known for being a guitar virtuoso and a dancer, those two often going hand in hand in various kinds of performances, but he has also worked in experimental film, music videos, improv theatre and the list goes on…
Andrea Camporotondo
Andrea Camporotondo is an Ambient Post-Rock/ Experimental Guitarist.
Developing a mix of Analog and Digital soundscapes, to which he creates either rhythm pulsations mixed with melodic guitar noises and phrases.
Using primarily analog and digital effects , and traditional tube amplifiers, creating washes of otherworldly or classic clean and raw guitar sounds, by manipulating waves, and time.