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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) 

City Escapes

City Escapes (EST, FIN)

Thursday 24.8.2017
18.00 – 22:00

Installation opens at 18:00
Live concert starts at 20:30

Taiteiden yö / Night of the Arts Event


City Escapes:

Vesa Kartesalo (FIN), synths, keys
Evelin Kask (EST), visuals, video
Annika Laaksonen (FIN), voice, electronics
Tuomo Noppari (FIN), sounds, electronics

 

City Escapes is a cross-disciplinary art work between three musicians and one visual artist. In this site-specific work, sound and visuals cross and merge a constant dialogue. City Escapes consists of half-improvised electronic sounds and poetry singing, physical installation and video work. It focuses on the fragmentation of our time: we exist in one physical place, yet we exceed it, functioning simultaneously in-between parallel mental spaces, spaces of otherness.

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Vesa Kartesalo is an electronic music producer. He has deepened his understanding of electronic sound by designing and assembling parts of his modular system himself. Currently his work relies heavily on unconventional melodies, harmonies and rhythms, remaining rooted in the mainstream electonic and pop music.

Evelin Kask is a visual artist working mainly with the concepts of time and entropy, and the cyclic process of creation, destruction and recreation. She has exhibited in Finland and abroad, and works often across the field in collaboration with other artists.

Annika Laaksonen has a long history of singing different genres of music. Last few years she has been concentrating on electronic material including producing it on her own under the name of Blankau. On this night, she will use her ethereal yet soulful voice through a looping station.

Tuomo Noppari is a multi-instrumentalist with a taste for wide range of music. He’s known from the bands such as ‘N Stuff, Klasu and Koria Kitten Riot. He has also composed music for theater plays.

City Escapes on kolmen muusikon ja yhden visuaalisen taiteilijan välinen vuorovaikutteinen, puoli-improvisoitu tilateos, jossa ääni ja visuaalisuus lomittuvat toisiinsa toisiaan täydentäen, kommentoiden ja kumoten. City Escapes rakentuu tilaan levittäytyvästä installaatioteoksesta, puoli-improvisoidusta ääniteoksesta ja videoteoksesta. Ääniteoksessa yhdistyvät elektroniset biitit, kuplivat synamatot sekä runomuotoinen laulu.

City Escapes pohtii ajallemme tyypillistä tilan fragmentoitumista ja pirstaleisuutta. Olemme fyysisesti yhdessä tilassa ja silti muualla, virittäydymme samanaikaisissa rinnakkaisissa tiloissa, liikumme niiden välillä tietoisesti ja tiedostamatta.

LIVE; Stefan Christensen (USA), Andrea Camporotondo (ITA), Juha-Matti Rautiainen

Stefan Christensen (USA)
Andrea Camporotondo (ITA)
Juha-Matti Rautiainen

Friday 11.8.2017
19.00 – 22:00
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee
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Stefan Christensen
(USA)

Since the demise of long-running New Haven punk outfit Estrogen Highs, the bands’ leader, Stefan Christensen, has stayed busy with an outpouring of solo recording. Incorporating influences ranging from Xpressway/Precious Metal Records artists like The Dead C, Gate, Alastair Galbraith, and Peter Jefferies, the UK DIY scene, Ohio weirdo and outsider punks, and the Twisted Village contingent, and always tinging it with his own personal brand of song writing and noise making, to create sounds that drive forward, despite their keen observance of the past. With songs ranging from 40 second damaged acoustics to 20 minute freakout noise jams, the exact sound is hard to peg down.
The live shows see Stefan solo or joined by ‘Friends,’ a revolving door of New Haven noise makers, who create often lengthy free form rock music. Stefan’s first solo cassette was recently reissued by Minneapolis’ Night People Records, and two upcoming releases on Buffalo’s the Loki Label loom just around the corner, with even more coming down the line on the newly minted C/Site Recordings.



Andrea Camporotondo (ITA)
Born Roma 15/08/71. Lived in Australia Melbourne from 1994 to 2006, living in Helsinki Finland since June 2006. Member of Australian Psy/ Experimental/ Prog/ Ambient band Lung UPC, ex-member of Italian Grunge/Metal bands DTM and Mud, as lead guitarist. Since technology has entered in to my life I have recorded few solo albums. I started last year when I reluctantly decided to plug my beautiful guitar into the computer. So far I’ve made a few albums, Voices, The Red Prince, Running Out Of It, Rusty The Rat, The Enigmatik, Attention to Coordination, The Search, Northern Chills, The Holiday, The Giant, Singles, The Notepad.



Juha-Matti Rautiainen / Mr. Randomizer
I’ve been working on some new material for the next album and about three tracks have been skecthed at the moment. This time I’ve got a coherent concept in my head so the compositions will be going through stricter selection. The theme that is swirling around in my head is quite dark, so the outcome will be more or less darker than my previous album. I’m trying to compose the rest of the material during the summer and I hope that the album would see the light not later than next year.
There are also three outtakes from “The Endless Now…” and they’re waiting to be mixed. They’re very different in mood from the ones that I’ve worked recently, so they won’t be fitting on the forthcoming album. They are most likely the most optimistic and accessible tracks that I’ve recorded. I’m going to publish them at my bandcamp as soon as I get them mixed.
…And finally an advertisement: If you would like to have a physical copy of “The Endless Now…”, act quickly! There are only 35 copies left… It can be ordered from bandcamp.

LIVE: Stefkovic van Interesse (DE)​ & Static Noise Bird

Helsingin Sähkö, in collaboration with the Akusmata Sound Gallery, is proud to present an evening of extraordinary ambient music.

​​Stefkovic van Interesse (DE)​
​​Static Noise Bird​

​Saturday 5.​8.2017​
​​Doors at 7 PM, music at 8 PM​
​​Free admission, donations to the musicians most welcome!​

Stefkovic van Interesse (DE)
Shaking jungles, melting mountains, journeys into freezers, speaking wood, burning snow, rolling metal. Stefkovic van Interesse is building new scenarios and changes natural laws. His collection of alienated field recordings creates perfect illusions for your mind.


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Static Noise Bird
The Helsinki-based electronic wizard Static Noise Bird’s first-ever live set will feature special ambient versions of his hypnotic rhythmic works as well as unreleased material. SNB’s music invites to explore massive mountains of cool modern electronic sounds.

LIVE: Sonja Horlacher (GER) & JP Kervinen

Sonja Horlacher (GER) & JP Kervinen

Wednesday 12.7.2017
19.00 – 22:00 PM

Voluntary 5 euro entry fee
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Sonja Horlacher, flutes
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, computer

Music for flute and/or computer, glitch, drones and minimal(ist) compositions and improvisations, human/computer interactions and transformations.

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Sonja Horlacher
Sonja Horlacher born 1984 in Eutin, northern Germany, studied flute with Angela Firkins in Lübeck and a specialized master in contemporary music with Mike Svoboda in Basel. Sonja is interested in various kinds of music and performs a wide range of styles: ancient music, classical, contemporary, free improvisation and rock. A special dedication of hers is the microtonal repertoire, which she keeps exploring on her instrument.
She has collaborated with composers such as G.F. Haas, Bernhard Lang, Manfred Stahnke, Anne La Berge and played at international festivals, among them the Lucerne Festival, Festival Rümlingen, Musikfest Bremen, Chiffren-Kieler Tage für Neue Musik, Off-Festival Donaueschingen and November Music (NL).

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (b. 1961) is a Finnish composer, writer and visual artist. He is mainly focused on computer-generated /-assisted compositions, improvisations and various techno/ electronic/glitch productions and live performances.
Listen: Soundcloud

LIVE: Pas Musique (USA), Obsidian Sustain

Pas Musique (USA)
Obsidian Sustain

 Sunday 9.7.2017
Opening time: 18:00 PM

Voluntary 5 euro entry fee.

Live Stream here.


 

Pas Musique

Pas Musique (USA) is a group which creates musical output through the form of abstract sound. The term ‘Pas Musique’ translates to ‘not music’ in french, metaphorically negating everything that is established in music and starts from a clean perspective. The viewpoint fuels our creativity to create our own world of beauty. The aesthetic underpinnings are defined by the notion that music can be whatever the ear perceives. It’s a conception fueled by the love of life and art. It’s a desire for honest artistic self-expression.Pas Musique started in 1995 out of Brooklyn, NY, USA, driven by the creative talents of Robert L. Pepper working in the mediums of sound and video. Since then Pas Musique has evolved into a collective with many different instrumentations and lineups. Permanent members include Jon “Vomit” Worthley, Michael Durek, and Robert Pepper. An additional past member was Amber Brien until 2015. Guests and occasional collaborators include, Brett Zweiman, David Tamura, Cathy Heyden, Jim Tuite, Brandstifter, Robin Storey, Philippe Petit, ZEV!, HATI, Steve Beresford, Will Seesar, Matt Chilton, Anthony Donovan, Chester Hawkins, and many others. Pas Musique have numerous releases and collaborations. Pas Musique have performed in 17 countries and all throughout the United States. Sound and video installations have also included Chile and the United States. Pas Musique also curates events in New York such as Experi-MENTAL nights, Ambient-Chaos nights and the Experi-MENTAL Festival once a year.http://www.pasmusique.net


Obsidian Sustain

Obsidian Sustain merge visuals and brooding soundscapes to mold a corrupt version of reality. The music evolves throughout the show and sets roots in subliminal images.Obsidian Sustain consists of sound artist Kenneth Kovasin ([ówt krì]) and visual artist Jan Forsman (Jan Forsman contemporary).

LIVE: S.Castrillon, P.Pignon & J.Kääriäinen, Petri Kuljuntausta, Tuomas Timonen/Textormance

Paul Pignon, Sergio Castrillon & Jukka Kääriäinen
Petri Kuljuntausta
Tuomas Timonen / Textormance

Tuesday 27.6.2017
19:00-21:00 PM

Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

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Paul Pignon, sax, electronics
Jukka Kääriäinen, guitar
Sergio Castrillón, cello

Petri Kuljuntausta, guitar, electronics

Tuomas Timonen, typewriter, fuzz pedals



Paul Pignon (UK/SWE)

Internationally (slightly) renowned composer of electronic and instrumental works, real-time composer/performer on various winds, voice, computer. Exploration in music/sound art for over 50 years. Chairman of SEAMS, board-member of Fylkingen, initiator of The Pignon Agenda. Google search “paul pignon” AND music OR musika OR musik OR Музыка  for more, or don’t

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Sergio Castrillón (COL)

Improvisation has been a constant practice along my whole life and musicianship. However, my professional work as improviser started in 2008 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) while studied a master degree in Music creation, new technologies and traditional arts and a major in Contemporary Music composition at the UNTREF and CEAMC respectively. There, I collaborated with electronic, experimental and free jazz musicians as well as contemporary dancers and theatre directors among others. Since 2012 I have got into the Improvisation scene in Helsinki (Finland) where I try to be very active participating in several projects and collaborating with multidisciplinary artists such as dancers, performers, actors and poets. Furthermore, since 2013 I have been also developing my work as improviser in Scandinavia, UK, central and southern Europe and other countries in South America. During that period I have been collaborating with underground as well as well know improvisers from all over the world.

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Jukka Kääriäinen

Jukka Kääriäinen is a finnish musician concentrated to experimental and free improvised music. Jukka’s instruments vary between plain acoustic and prepared guitar to back bag of pedals, live-electronics and bowed electric guitar. Jukka has toured many European countries such as Italy, Hungary, France, Germany, Russia and Estonia.  Alongside solo concerts Jukka has been collaborating with musicians like Teppo Hauta-Aho, Jone Takamäki, Roomet Jakapi, Pauli Lyytinen, Emilio Gordoa and Paul Pignon

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Petri Kuljuntausta

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, 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.

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Tuomas Timonen / Textormance

Tuomas Timonen (not to be confused with his namesake free jazz drummer) is a free jazz drummer named Tuomas Timonen. But even more, he is a poet and a type writer experimentalist, who strives to make his poems sound, if not good, at least better, than in paper. Thus the name TEXTORMANCE. Other things involved: bands such as LÄSKI and Arkaainen Verenhimo and a poet collective black mödernism.

Ore.e Refineries: Sound of Work

Ore.e Refineries

Sound of Work

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

Opening on Friday, 9.6.2017, 18:00 PM.

Opening Concert on Friday, 9.6.2017, 19:00 PM.

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“Ore.e Refineries: Sound of Work” -working group (blacksmith Jesse Sipola & artist Eero Yli-Vakkuri) and sound designer Kristian Ekholm present a sonic metalwork demonstration at Akusmata Sound Art gallery. The group explores soundscapes which blacksmiths produce through their labor. The group uses pneumatic tools and steel as their instruments. The gig opens a two week long exhibition, which presents artworks inspired by the “Sound of Work: Blacksmith ed. 1” archaeoacoustic sound library. The library consists of tool and machine themed samples recorded at Sipola’s forge close to Turku, Finland.

Ore.e Refineries: Sound of Work -työryhmä (seppä Jesse Sipola & taiteilija Eero Yli-Vakkuri) sekä äänisuunnittelija Kristian Ekholm tarjoilevat Akusmata äänitaidegalleriassa kova-äänisen työnäytteen. Työn ääniä -näyttelyn avaava esitys hyödyntää sepäntyössä käytettäviä työkaluja sekä teräksen ja metallin sointia. Keikan aikana kuullaan kuinka paineilmalaitteet, kaasupillit ja rauta taipuvat soittimiksi. Tapahtuma juhlistaa yli 140 työkalun ja metallin käsittelyn kartoittavan ääniarkiston “Sound of Work: Blacksmith” julkaisua. Äänitteitä on kuultavissa myös näyttelyssä.

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Työn ääniä -näyttely pohjautuu seppä Jesse Sipolan pajalla tallennettuihin työkalu- ja metallintyöstöäänitteisiin. Pajalla kerättiin kaikkiaan 142 eri ääninäytettä, joista valtaosa on erilaisten paineilmatyökalujen tuottamia. Kokoelmaan sisältyy muiden muassa parikymmentä eri Atlas Copco koneen synnyttämää ääntä. Äänitteet on koottu laajamittaiseksi “Sound of Work: Blacksmith ed. 1” kokoelmaksi, joka on julkaistu verkossa vapaan käytön sallivalla lisenssillä. Julkaisu on suunnattu äänisuunnittelijoiden ja muusikoiden käyttöön. Sen avulla tietokonetyöläiset voivat liittyä käsityöläisten äänimaisemaan.

Näyttelyssä on kuultavissa kokoelman inspiroimia teoksia ja muuta työn äänellisyyttä pohtivaa taidetta. Näyttelyn on koonnut Ore.e Refineries: Sound of Work -työryhmä (seppä Jesse Sipola & taiteilija Eero Yli-Vakkuri) sekä äänisuunnittelija Kristian Ekholm. Käsityöläiskulttuurin edistämisorganisaatio Ore.e Refineries muistetaan NO-CHAIR-DESIGN kampanjasta, jonka haastoi muotoilijoita jättämään tuolit suunnittelematta. Viime vuodet työryhmä on toiminut Hevoslinja projektin parissa, pyrkien mahdollistamaan taajama-alueella toteutuvaa hevosliikennöintiä.

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The exhibition contains also following three works:

Lauri Wuolio / Kumea Sound

Kumea WOOD (2013)
USB stick with Music (KUMEA001 Kumea Sound)

Topi Äikäs

4’33” on Concrete. Hommage à John Cage (2013)
Cast Concrete (Audible with a turntable)

Record Singers

LP Cover (1972)
Printed LP-Cover without a Record
Production: Riepukulkusäätiö / Record Singers (Mirja Airas, Pekka Nevalainen, Outi Heiskanen & Hannu Väisänen)
Design: Jorma Puranen

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“Sound of Work” exhibition is produced by:

Ore.e Refineries & Storijapan (Jesse Sipola, Eero Yli-Vakkuri & Kristian Ekholm)

http://oree.storijapan.net/praxis/sound-of-work/

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: City Mirage video / concert

Displaying

City Mirage

Video Screening with live music
Friday 19.5.2017
Starting time: 19:00
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee
Live Stream here or here.

Nina-Maria Oförsagd, Video (FIN)
PerViktor Hjalmarsson, Piano, Performance (SWE)
Petri Kuljuntausta, Sounds, Guitar (FIN)
Ilkka Hanski, Double-Bass (FIN)
Daniel Nyman, Slam Poetry, Performance, Percussion (FIN)

City Mirage

Video: (16:9, HD , 2014-2017 ) directed by Nina Oförsagd

Music: collective live improvisation w/ performative elements

In City Mirage, different cities from Europe and Far East are brought together through several video sequences.

In City Mirage, it is question about trying to understand how we comprehend our surrounding by observing movement of the urban habitants and studying historical layers of the spaces.

Sounds shape our understanding of a place and open us different dimensions of time and space – leading and shaping our interpretation.

The video is a visual score for live music improvisation. It gives impulses for the performers and form for the interpretation. The order and number of the video sequences is different in every performance. Thus every performance of the City Mirage will be different. City Mirage is an ongoing project and after Akusmata the project will head to Estonia, Sweden and Taiwan.

More information here.

Thank you Grönqvistska stiftelsen, Svenska
kulturfonden, and Stina Krooks Stiftelse for art prize.