Category: Sound Works

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
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
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.
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


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.

Mutanoid & Akusmata Concert Serie

During this season Akusmata has prepared new projects. Akusmata will open the Mutanoid website soon for the electronic instruments and Akusmata Concert Serie will start in November.

Akusmata has a new 4-channel PA-system (4x 1220 W) for live concerts. The main speakers are Electro-Voice ZX5-90 (pair) and the three surround speakers are D.A.S. M.I. 12. We have three mixers (Soundcraft Delta, Behringer 1204 FX and Fonic), Drawmer DL241 dual-channel ‘auto compressor’, Digitech 4-channel FX processor, guitar amplifiers and various microphones, like Rode NT5 (matched pair), Neumann K 84 (pair), 5x Sennheiser, OKM Soundman (binaural), AT and other stuff.

More information on the upcoming activities will be published soon here…

Petri Kuljuntausta: Magnetism

Akusmata Mobile presents:

sound installation by Petri Kuljuntausta

at MEDIA ART UP! Exhibition
Puristamo & Valssaamo, Kaapelitehdas Helsinki

18.9. – 28.9.2014
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12-18, Sat – Sun 12 – 16

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Magnetism is a class of physical phenomenon that includes forces exerted by magnets on other magnets. It has its origin in electric currents and the fundamental magnetic moments of elementary particles. These give rise to a magnetic field that acts on other currents and moments. All materials are influenced to some extent by a magnetic field. The strongest effect is on permanent magnets, which have persistent magnetic moments caused by ferromagnetism.

In order to translate an electrical signal into an audible sound, speakers contain an electromagnet: a metal coil which creates a magnetic field when an electric current flows through it. This coil behaves much like a normal (permanent) magnet, with one particularly handy property: reversing the direction of the current in the coil flips the poles of the magnet.

Inside a speaker, an electromagnet is placed in front of a permanent magnet. The permanent magnet is fixed firmly into position whereas the electromagnet is mobile. As pulses of electricity pass through the coil of the electromagnet, the direction of its magnetic field is rapidly changed. This means that it is in turn attracted to and repelled from the permanent magnet, vibrating back and forth due to Faraday’s law of induction.
The electromagnet is attached to a cone made of a flexible material such as paper or plastic which amplifies these vibrations, pumping sound waves into the surrounding air and towards the ears. [physics-org, wikipedia]

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Media Art Up! exhibition contains also works by Andy Best & Merja Puustinen / Biotaiteen seura / Delicode oy / FIXC cooperative / Veli Granö / Kallio Kunsthalle / Kokeellisen elektroniikan seura / Albert Laine / Kristina Laine / m-cult / Marjatta Oja / Annika Rauhala / Markus Renvall / Seppo Renvall / Maija Saksman / Milja Viita / Äänen Lumo ry



Jari Kauppinen: EOUBBN


six-channel sound installation
22.8. – 30.8.2013

The installation is part of the Night of the Arts (Taiteiden yö) / Helsinki Festival programme

a work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge usually in articles arranged alphabetically often by subject
(New Oxford American Dictionary)
Noise is bad. Urban noise is even worse. But is it possible that amidst the unwanted and irritating might be something beautiful and soothing? The aim of EOUBBN is to examine the aesthetic qualities of various readily encountered urban broadband noises recorded in Helsinki metropolitan area. It is striving to get beyond the usual good/bad, pastoral/urban, natural/artificial juxtapositions and present the captured noises in their most engaging form. The sounds come and go, like clouds, one after another, taking the installation space into their possession.

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.

Olga Palomäki: Manipulated

3.5. – 30.5.2013

Noise pollution is a global environmental problem. It causes severe mental and physical illnesses to people, and it can be fatal to the ecosystems all over the world. The long-term effects of being exposed to noise are unpredictable. It alters the special behaviour of animals, and  it may even lead to extinction of many species. The constant background noise in urban areas is inescapable, and it was impossible for me to cope with. Therefore, I adapted a new approach towards the urban soundscape. I started listening to it, as if it was an uncontrolled composition, with a music-like structure.

1. Re-Manipulated, sound installation (2013)
2. Manipulated (Sounds For Headphones), soundscape collection (2012-2013)
3. Manipulated 1-4, CD cover layout (2013)

Manipulated (Sounds For Headphones) is a collection of soundscapes based on field recordings. I focus on the constant background noise in urban areas. I record man-made sounds – the electric buzz and hum, the industrial beats of the machines and vehicles – sounds, that are easily ignored because of their banal or irritating nature. I de-constructed the field recordings into fragments, and explored them, in order to re-shape them into a new form. They transformed into soundscapes of a parallel reality. Manipulated (Sounds For Headphones) is a suggestion on how to perceive the urban noise in a different way. Re-Manipulated is a sound installation created especially to be played in a gallery.

The exhibition has been supported by Paulo Foundation and
Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Soundscape collection will be available on CD in 2013. It will be published as a limited edition of 100 copies; each CD comes with an unique cover sheet.

Olga Palomäki (*1980) is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Combining several different mediums, her work often deals with social issues and taboos, such as the concepts of alienation, otherness, loneliness, and death. Palomäki has had many solo exhibitions around Finland. She has participated in various group exhibitions, and film- and video festivals and screenings in Finland and some other European countries.

7K (Group Exhibition)


Group Exhibition

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


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.