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The City by the Sea livestream

THE CITY BY THE SEA

-ALBUM RELEASE PARTY LIVESTREAM-
The online event will be streamed from Akusmata.
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Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:30 – 9 PM (UTC+03)



Put the punk into cyberpunk, blast through the city streets, prepare for tidal waves and join us online on this livestream gig to celebrate the release of Kizunaut’s upcoming album The City by the Sea. Kizunaut will be joined by two other titans of the Helsinki synth scene, Desert Monolith and Toxxiffy for a two and half hour synth showdown.


KIZUNAUT is a Helsinki-based artist who produces electronic music influenced by synthwave, industrial, rock and synthpop. This event will celebrate the release of his second album The City by the Sea, a powerful rock-edged journey into urban life which has been compared to Nine Inch Nails and Front 242.



Since 2011 DESERT MONOLITH has been making melodic, danceable and epic electro songs with an aim for Kraftwerkian pureness. DESERT MONOLITH will be reflecting on the end times we currently live in with a new EP later this year.



TOXXIFY, a rebel from Sector 11, brings you into the dark future… with the sound of pain and anger, your chances of staying human in this doomed world are very slim.


Kenneth Kovasin: From Bow To Stem – A Daxophone Study

FROM BOW TO STEM – A DAXOPHONE STUDY

Kenneth Kovasin
Mon 3.8. – Fri 7.8.2020 at 14 – 18​.

​OPENING: Daxophone Concert by Kenneth Kovasin on Saturday 1.8. at 17:00.

From Bow to Stem – A Daxophone study

The installation “From Bow to Stem” is built around Finnish wood – the Appletree, Ash, Larch and Aspen. Kenneth Kovasin has designed 24 different Daxophone tongues of these four types of wood and built a sound installation that praises the soundscape of Finnish wood. Even an Aspen tongue that broke halfway through the recording of the piece is present. Three different soundboxes were used in the recordings.
Each wood is played from its own sound source creating ever-changing spatial sound in the gallery. The Daxophone recordings are repeated in random order regardless of each other.
The Daxophone tongues are like small beautiful wooden sculptures and the instrument produces unique and exciting sounds. The form of the tongues and choices of material affect the instruments sound in great extent.


Kenneth Kovasin is a sound artist and ambient musician from Helsinki, Finland. His works are often minimalistic and created with self-built instruments. Kenneth has toured festivals in the United States, Sweden and Estonia with his project [ówt krì] and has performed various concerts in Finland.
Kenneth’s first sound installation “Urban Evolution” was on display during the (con)temporary festival organized by LéSPACE in Helsinki 18.9–3.10.2015.
When not performing music Kenneth also produces concerts in cooperation with Sound gallery Akusmata. He is also one of the founding members of Frekvenssi, a collective aiding audial art in Finland.


The Daxophone

The Daxophone is an electromechanical experimental instrument invented by the German musician and instrument builder Hans Reichel (1949–2011) in the end of the 1980’s. The instruments sound is produced by friction and vibration.
The name is derived from the German word “dachs” standing for vole due to the strange, almost animal, sounds it produces. Reichel modified the word into ”dax” to mimic the saxophone by Adolphe Sax.
The Daxophone consists of a soundbox, installed with one or many contact microphones, and a wooden tongue clamped to the body. The body is placed on a tripod to provide more comfort for the performer. The Daxophone can also be made from metal or plastic but these materials will not enable as versatile tones as wood.
The instrument is played by rubbing the tongue with a bow and pushing down on the tongue with the “Dax”, a piece of wood formed as a wedge. The tongue can also be hit or plucked on. When playing the instrument, the tongue resonates, and the resonance is then transferred to the soundbox and it’s contact microphones that amplify the sound. The Daxophones scale is broad and the tone diverse. The sound depends in great extent on the used material, the shape of the tongue and where on the tongue the bow and Dax are being applied.
Compact wood like Ebony or Oak produce softer sounds whereas softer wood like Pine easily produce harsh sounds. Compact wood like Ebony or Oak produce mellow sounds whereas softer wood like Pine easily produce harsher sounds. The instrument scale is not as exact as on a guitar or other string instrument, but a fretboard can be installed on the Dax to provide for exact notes. The other side of the Dax is curved to enable smooth transitions between notes. Due to the fact that the Daxophone is an electronic instrument, different pedals and effects add to the versatility of the instrument.
Hans Reichel released his album ”The Dawn of Dachsman” in 1987 and this was the first time the Daxophone was heard in a musical piece. His 2002 release “Yuxo: A New Daxophone Operetta” gave the instrument broader attention. Still today the Daxophone remains a rarity. A musician interested in the instrument will have no other choice but to build one. The Daxophone is not mass-produced.
Reichel has illustrated plans and directions for building his instrument on his website and a skilled carpenter is thus able to build one.


Ville Aalto: Avian Electronics | Metamorphosis

Ville Aalto

Avian Electronics | Metamorphosis

-sound installation-

March 2-6, 2020, at 14 – 18.


Avian Electronics | Metamorphosis
A sine wave metamorphoses into the song of a willow warbler, the call of a chaffinch is transformed into an electronic warning signal. White noise becomes a quiet breeze, sound generated by a random number generator babbles from a brook, crickets spring from synthesizers.
Nature as a stable, natural category does not exist. We tend to view things that previous generations have created as natural: fields, moors, ditches.
And so our unnatural ways are slowly metamorphosing into nature, traditional landscapes, conservation areas. This is quite natural.

Avian Electronics | Muodonmuutos

Siniaalto muuttaa muotoaan pajulinnun lauluksi, peipon vienosta kutsusta tulee sähköinen varoitusääni. Valkoinen kohina muuntautuu hiljaiseksi kevättuuleksi, purosta kuuluu satunnaisgeneraattorin pulinaa, syntetisaattoreista sikiää sirkkoja.
Luontoa pysyvänä, luonnollisena kategoriana ei ole olemassa. Meillä on tapana pitää luonnollisina asioita, jotka meitä edeltävien sukupolvien tuotantotavat ovat luoneet: niityt, nummet, pientareet.
Niin meidänkin luonnottomuudestamme on tulossa luonto, perinnemaisema, suojelukohde. Se on hyvin luonnollista.

Avian Electronics on Yle Areena
“Millaisia luontodokumentteja tehdään sitten, kun luontoa ei enää ole?” kysyy arvostelussaan Sampsa Oinaala hesarissa.

Esimakua maaliskuun 2. päivä Akusmatassa avautuvasta Ville Aallon soolonäyttelystä saat juuri YLE Areenassa julkaistusta ääniteoksesta ’Avian Electronics | sähköisiä luontokuvia’, jossa kiihtyvä teknologinen kehitys ja keinotekoisesti tuotetut luontoäänet sekoittuvat.

Kuuntele ääniteos YLE Areenassa: https://areena.yle.fi/1-50409434

Lue koko arvostelu ääniteoksesta Helsingin Sanomissa (huom. maksumuuri): https://www.hs.fi/kulttuuri/art-2000006415402.htm


Ville Aalto is a sound artist from Helsinki. He’s currently working on Avian Electronics, a project in which he uses synthesizers to produce “natural” sounds – especially birdsong – and create varying sound works with them. 2020 will see multiple installation works, an album of electronic music as well as live concerts related to the project.

AKUSMATA POLYPHONIC 2020

AKUSMATA POLYPHONIC 2020

Sound Art and Electronic Music weeks

Venue: Vuotalo Cultural Centre & Akusmata, Helsinki

  1. – 31.1.2020

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

AKUSMATA POLYPHONIC is an intensive sound art and electronic music event at Vuotalo Cultural Centre and Akusmata gallery in Helsinki. Invited musicians and sound artists are from Nordic countries, North America and Finland, offering for the audience a 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. Sound installations are open in the Vuotalo gallery and Akusmata 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 Nordic artists are visiting as a part of the Puls concert program / Nordic Culture Fund.


CONCERT 1

Friday 17.1.2020 at 19:00

Place: Vuosali (Vuotalo), Mosaiikkitori 2, Helsinki

Performers:

Jacob Kirkegaard (DK)

Halldór Úlfarsson (IS) & Max Lilja duo

[ówt krì] & Lauri Peltonen

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CONCERT 2

Saturday 18.1.2020 at 19:00

Place: Vuosali (Vuotalo), Mosaiikkitori 2, Helsinki

Performers:

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard (DK)

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (IS)


EXHIBITION 1: ‘Earth.Water.Air.Fire’

Place: Vuotalo Gallery (Vuotalo), Mosaiikkitori 2, Helsinki.

Time: 14. – 25.1.2020 (during Vuotalo’s opening hours)

-Sound works by

Jukka Andersson

Ava Grayson (CAN)

Ana Gutieszca (MEX)

Mikko H. Haapoja

Esa Kotilainen

Petri Kuljuntausta

Heikki Lindgren

The exhibition is co-produced by Frekvenssi association.


EXHIBITION 2: ‘Kinaesthetic Poetry’ (with KuNuKu Choir)

Sound installation by Jaakko Autio

Place: Akusmata gallery, Tukholmankatu 7 K, Helsinki.

Time: 17. – 31.1.2020

Open: Mon to Fri between 14.00-18.00. Weekends 11.00-16.00.
(Closed 25-26.1).

Free entry

Sound installation is part of international Art’s birthday event on Fri 17.1.2020 at 17-20.


Supported by Nordisk Kulturfond / Puls, Kordelin Foundation and Vuotalo Cultural Centre.

Vuotalo exhibition is co-produced by Frekvenssi association.

Curated by Petri Kuljuntausta & Kenneth Kovasin / Akusmata Sound Gallery.


Contact

Akusmata

Tukholmankatu 7 K, 00270 Helsinki

galleria.akusmata@gmail.com

akusmata.com

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Vuotalo Cultural Centre

Mosaiikkitori 2, 00980 Helsinki

http://www.vuotalo.fi/en/about-us


WEB

Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), http://fonik.dk/about.html

Halldór Úlfarsson (IS) & Max Lilja duo, https://www.halldorophone.info/about/, http://maxlilja.com.

[ówt krì] & Lauri Peltonen, http://www.owtkri.org/

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard (DK), http://www.nielslyhne.com/

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (IS), http://www.bergrun.com/about

Ava Grayson (CAN), http://www.aigrayson.com/

Ana Gutieszca (MEX), http://www.anagutieszca.com/

Esa Kotilainen, https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esa_Kotilainen

Petri Kuljuntausta, http://kuljuntausta.com

Heikki Lindgren, http://akusmata.com/heikki-lindgren/

Mikko H. Haapoja, http://mikkohaapoja.net/

Jukka Andersson, http://akusmata.com/jukka-andersson/

Jaakko Autio, https://jaakkoautio.wordpress.com/


Jaakko Autio: Kinaesthetic Poetry (with KuNuKu Choir)

JAAKKO AUTIO

KINAESTHETIC POETRY. Homage for Sound Minds
– With KuNuKu Choir

17. – 31.1.2020

Opening times:
1st week: Mon to Thu 14.00-18.00 (closed Fri-Mon 24.-27.1)

2nd week: Tue 14-18, Thu 15:30-18, Fri 14-20 (Mon & Wed closed).
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Ending Performance
JAAKKO AUTIO & KARRI KOKKO:
Asemic notes for Jaakko Autio’s sound installation “Kinaesthetic Poetry”.
31.1.2020 18.30-20:00 pm. Free entry. Welcome!


The inspiration for this work came from contemplating the idea of “art´s origin” or “art´s birthday”. When recording the material for KINAESTHETIC POETRY -installation, eight singers (KuNuKu Choir) surrounded three water pools. By using special sound equipment, the singers voices created geometrical shapes on water surface in real time. A kinaesthetic contemplation took place between the singer and the inner water. While recording, we were specially interested on the “birth” moment of geometrical shapes, and on the minimal effort needed to sustain the moving forms in water.

The sound of KP is based on 17 minute long loop. Musical arrangement was created by KuNuKu -choir via improvisation methods. The choir leader Jussi Mattila helped the choir to find the inner alignment with the water, but the audible musical arrangement comes from the group dynamics. On the final installation presented at Akusmata Gallery (17.1-30.1.2020), the singers are replaced by eight 8” full range speakers, placed on 1:1 relation how the recording took place. The guest can investigate the conscious movements of human perception, and alignment with non-human element such as water.


Artistic Crew:
Sound artist: Jaakko Autio
Choir Leader: Jussi Mattila
KuNuKu singers: Tatu Huotarinen, Antti Rissanen, Ossi Putkonen, Kaisa Karhunen, Emma Jämsen, Ella Vähäpassi, Reetta Karhunen & Juulia Karppi
Akusmata organizer: Petri Kuljuntausta

Web: https://jaakkoautio.wordpress.com/

KINAESTHETIC POETRY is part of Art’s birthday event on 17.1.2020 and Akusmata’s Polyphonic sound art festival.


LIVE: JIN SANGTAE (KOR)

JIN SANGTAE (KOR)

Tuesday, 3.12.2019 at 19:00.
Voluntary entrance fee 5€.


Jin Sangtae: non-musical objects, hard-drives, radios, car horns and electronics.
Photo by Hyun-Seok Lee.

Äänen Lumo & Akusmata welcome South Korean sound artist for his first performance in Finland. Born in 1975 in Seoul, Korea, Jin Sangtae performs with non-musical objects collected through his experience, projected into instruments, and then re-organised into space. He uses hard drives and several materials that can be connected as the main instrument, and he also plays laptops, radios, car horns and electronics. He’s been uploading online his composition ‘Year‘ via mobile phone every day since 2015. He founded ‘dotolim‘ (a small space for improvised music) and has been organising the ‘dotolim concert series’ since 2008 as well as the festival ‘dotolimpic‘ in 2012, 2013 and 2017.

http://popmusic25.com
https://soundcloud.com/jin-sangtae
http://dotolim.com

Ann Rosén and the Barrier Orchestra: DRAWING MUSIC

Ann Rosén and the Barrier Orchestra

DRAWING MUSIC

Concert-installation and concerts
November 14-16, 2019

Thursday 14:
Opening at 17-20, installation with short performances.

Friday 15:
Installation open at 17-19:00. Concert I (with the whole group) at 19:00.

Saturday 16:
Installation open at 15:00-16:00. Concert II (with the whole group) at 16:00.



The Drawing Music installation is a process that will take place under three days at Akusmata Gallery and at the end of second and third day there will be a concert.

With pen and paper Ann Rosén creates a very personal electro-acoustic music and when she plays together with musicians from the Barrier Orchestra exciting, explorative and musical soundscapes emerges.

Drawing Music is a development of the Graphite Barrier instrument and musical performance project. The instrument consists of graphite pens, paper, arduino card, and a software synth. Various points on the paper are connected to the synth. By drawing different coupling paths between these points and varying the thickness of the paths you control the synth. Further control is achieved by using the patchbay where you can directly patch different parts of the drawing to the synth. The drawings also serve as a score that the musicians relate to.

The music and the environment relate to each other through the meeting with the audience in the same way as the musicians relate to the drawings and vice versa.

On this occasion the Barrier Orchestra consists of Petri Kuljuntausta electric guitar (FI), Mikko Raasakka clarinet (FI), Sten-Olof Hellström electronics (SWE) and Ann Rosén live electronics and live score.

Drawing Music project and the Barrier Orchestra are different modules in the umbrella project the Great Barrier Orchestra, a trans-disciplinary project in sound art, art music, and performance.

With support by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

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http://annrosen.se/
http://kuljuntausta.com/
http://www.raasakka.net/
http://www.stenolofhellstrom.se/
http://storabarriarorkestern.se/


 

EEGsynth & Body Music demonstration by Oneplusoneisthree +guests

EEGsynth & Body Music demonstration
by Oneplusoneisthree (1+1=3) and guests

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Sat 28.9.2019 at 20:00 – 22:00


Oneplusoneisthree (1+1=3) is an artistic platform / community / ecosystem for research and performance. The collective includes musicians, neuroscientists and visual artists. We stage performances where we use real time EEG signals. We use the signals to control sounds, lights and images. Since 2014 we have performed in Sweden, Greece, France, Brazil, the UK and the US. To find out more, you find the 1+1=3 / EEGsynth CV here: http://www.visionforum.eu/113-cv/

What is the EEGsynth?
The EEGsynth is both a device and a collaborative interdisciplinary research project. As a device, it interfaces with the brain and body for artistic and scientific exploration, research and expression, allowing anyone to use their own brain and body activity to flexibly and powerfully control performative equipment in real-time. In short, it transforms electrophysiological signals (EEG, EMG and ECG) into analogue and digital control signals by means of sophisticated neuroscience signal analysis and custom-made hardware. As a project, it brings together musicians, artists, neuroscientists and developers to work together on technology for specific artistic performances.

Why the EEGsynth?
Progress in understanding the human brain is increasingly determining how we perceive ourselves and others. At the same time, new technologies are expanding the possible interactions between technology and the human brain. Brain-computer interfaces have recently become affordable for a wider public, allowing new artistic research into the human condition and new ways of artistic expression. However, to be able to exploit their full potential and to ensure the development of a lasting involvement of the art world in this contemporary dialogue, artists and neuroscientists have to co-create.

The current core group of the project is: Jean-Louis Huhta, Per Huttner, Robert Oostenveld, Samon Takahashi and Stephen Whitmarsh. Collaborative Partners include Selen Atasaoy, Carima Neusser, Marcos Lutyens and Hernan Anllo.

1+1=3 is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund, the Swedish Arts Grants Committe and Kulturbryggan; the EEGsynth is supported by Innovativ kultur, Stockholm County Council, the City of Stockholm and the Swedish Arts Council.

The 1+1=3 website
http://www.oneplusoneisthree.org

The EEGsynth website
http://www.eegsynth.org


As an additional performance Petri Kuljuntausta (brain interface) and Eleni Tsitsirikou (arm interface) performed as the soloists of the 1+1=3 group.

Taina Riikonen: The Anatomy of Desire

TAINA RIIKONEN
THE ANATOMY OF DESIRE

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Opening hours:

FRI 20.9 klo 17-20 (opening party)

SUN 22.9 klo 16-18
TUE 24.9 klo 17-19
WED 25.9 klo 17-19
THU 26.9 klo 17-19
FRI 27.9 klo 17-19


”The Anatomy of Desire” is a sound research / installation / work on fetishism. The work consists of a one single extremely stretched recording of latex. The process of stretching the sound has changed the squeaky sound of latex into a smooth hissing, almost like a sound of a distant wind.

Fetishist is a person who enjoys a slow and explorative contact to materials, objects and things. S/he gets excited of touching and palpating the seams and differences of things, on being at the borderlines of diverse entities. For fetishist, the aim is not to achieve a goal as getting into somewhere, as crossing the line, but more as sensing the borderline over and over again. Touching the borderline acts as an extreme stretched instant between the letters in a word ”maybe.” The core of fetishism is the unsolved and unsettled ambivalence of sensing the materials and their invitation to exploration.

The idea of unsolved includes the element of the excitement of the absolute first appearance. In fetishist context, the materials, objects, and things can be approached over and over again in a way that obliges their past, their present, and their future. The things are emerged as instant and naked sings. If this absolute first appearance is stretched, as the sound file could be stretched, e.g. from a second to an hour, the fetishist exposes her/himself to an extreme prolonged anticipation and sensing the material.

I have been doing ten years now sonic material that I call “sound art.” I began by recording urban soundscapes, and since those days, I’ve been moving towards listening and recording more detailed and microscopic sounds. All the time I have been flickering between recording the landscapes and recording the detailed and intimate sounds.

The enigma within intertwined sensing and listening to materials and sounds has always been haunting me. About ten years ago I made recordings in which I touched different materials, such as velvet, silk, plastic, leather and latex. The sense of the materials and the heard sound of them seemed to overlap into each other when listening through microphones and headphones. This perception was crucial for my understanding of the acoustic epistemology, of the multi-material essence of sounds and listening, and also of touch.

In this sound work I have stretched the sound of latex. The act of stretching refers to fetishist desire for awaiting, the endlessly prolonged enjoyment of touching the borderlines instead of achieving something. Also, for a masked / unmasked referring to my upcoming 50 years birthday, I stretched the sound as 50 times slower. So, in the opening of the sound installation on Fri 20th September, there will also be a bit partying in the name of my birthday.


TAINA RIIKONEN is a Helsinki-based sound artist, PhD and adjunct professor of sound studies (in University of Turku). In her sound works she explores urban environments, sexuality, body sounds, machine noises, and silence in different deserted spaces. In her academic research Riikonen investigates acoustic ecological aspects of listening, body sounds through sensory ethnography, embodiment in sound recording, and the aural-tactile epistemologies of environmental sounds. Riikonen has worked in the University of Helsinki and in the University of Arts. Currently she works as a “bold maker”, a post doc researcher funded by Kone Foundation in the University of Tampere. Her research project investigates the diverse registers of silences in Finnish villages.

Helsingin reitit – The Routes of Helsinki 2010-2020

Helsingin reitit – The Routes of Helsinki 2010-2020

Open: 6.-19.9.2019 Tue-Thu & Sat-Sun 14-18 (Mon & Fri closed)
Opening: Thursday, 5.9.2019 at 17.00 – 20.00.

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Opening LIVE EVENT on Thursday, 5.9.2019, at 18.00

illmari (spoken word)

Mikko H. Haapoja (jouhikko, soundscapes)

Elina Aho-Brennan (live painting)


How does the city sound and how does it feel to just listen the city? The Routes of Helsinki leads one to a sonic journey from the rapids of Vanhakaupunki to bright summer nights in downtown and to listen the sounds recorded inside the Hanasaari B coal power plant.

The Routes of Helsinki (Helsingin reitit) is a soundscape project created by media & sound artist Mikko H. Haapoja and it consists of various audio-visual and sound art works. The project has focused on the changing soundscapes of Helsinki since 2010, on boundaries between nature and the city. In addition to the sound art compositions and media art installations, The Routes of Helsinki offers ’Sound Landscapes’ performances with live painting, music and urban poetry.

The Routes of Helsinki 2010-2020 exhibition offers inspiring urban exploring in the form of rare and familiar Helsinki sounds, and its first installation will happen in Sound Art Gallery Akusmata in September 2019.


Mikko H. Haapoja is a versatile media artist & music professional – a producer, composer, musician and sound engineer from Helsinki, Finland. Haapoja works fluently with various music genres from acoustic folk music to contemporary electronic music, from alternative rap to indie pop.

Since 2014, Haapoja’s media & sound art projects The Routes of Helsinki & Oases from HEL have been presented in many galleries in Helsinki and New York, in Helsinki City Museum and in public city space, including metro platforms of Helsinki Central Railway station. Meanwhile, Haapoja has also recorded and mixed various global music albums like Okra Playground’s ‘Turmio’ and Nathan Riki Thomson solo LP.