Sound Art projects in connection to
ART FAIR SUOMI 09
Pauli Apollo Ahopelto
Pauli Apollo Ahopelto is currently working with a folk style electro sound installation for next years Kaustinen Folk Music Festival. He has been recording different atmospheres during the festival, and some of these recorded samples can be detected also in his “Winter Tour”.
“Winter Tour” grabs a cold windswept winter feeling. Pauli Ahopelto has mixed a numerous recordings, among others his two years old son Kauto playing a xylophone, clinking bottles at the cruiseferry tax-free shop. The soundscape features Julle Juntunen improvising on electric/synth guitar.
Winter Tour – 7.40 min
Petri Kuljuntausta has belonged for more than a decade to a new generation of composers in Finland interested in experimental and electronic music. He is a composer, performer, sound artist and author of books about sound and music.
His “Mexican Cars” is composed from the environmental recordings that he captured at the end of 2008 in Mexico. He was invited to perform at an electronic music festival in Central-Mexico, and while he was there, he recorded different sound environments during his free time, from bird parks to city sounds, traffic noises to fireworks. “Mexican Cars”, as the title suggests, is based on traffic recordings. When he recorded the sounds for this work he stood at the round-shaped center of traffic lights — where was a fountain and flowers — and recorded passing vehicles around him as close as he could. Another dimension in the work is the feedback textures that he created with a sound processors at his studio.
Mexican Cars – 4.58 min
Möksö – Nunnu
Mikko Maasalo works with light, sound, moving image, painting, objects and installations.
His “Möksö” and “Nunnu” are an homage to two characters from a book titled “Nunnu Lentää” by Oili Tanninen.
Möksö – 2.43 min
Nunnu – 9.28 min
Pessi Parviainen is an interdisciplinary artist working in music / sound, visual art, and performance, specializing in work that combines all three.
“Bm11″ means a B minor eleventh chord. It consists of six notes. These were played on an electric guitar using an eBow, then tweaked a little bit in software.
In this work, Parviainen wanted to make a place were he could simply sit inside a chord and its timbre. In music, chords like these usually go by quickly. Here, you can listen to a chord outside of harmonic context… or can you?
Ideally listened to with headphones.
Bm11 – 3.08 min
Appetite For Construction
The brothers Juha and Vesa Vehviläinen ara active as Pink Twins since 1997. They work from fragments of images, sounds and sensations which our daily life is subjected to and break them down into small particles to reunite them once again in audacious chaotic constructions.
For their live performances Pink Twins incorporate live electronic music and a live mix of video works. The music of Pink Twins is based on improvised live sound processing of concrete and electronic sounds, noises and musical elements. The mix of live sound and video projections creates a hyperactive, constantly changing and extremely detailed experience of time and space.
“Appetite For Construction” is an electro-acoustic piece made from layered sounds of bells, percussion, metal objects and electronics. Appetite For Construction was originally made as the soundtrack of a video work of the same name. The sound piece is available on the Pink Twins CD release Pink Light/Pink Heat.
Appetite for Construction – 7.08 min
The Other One
Tapani Rinne is a Finnish musician, composer and record producer, who is known for his experimental and innovative style with the clarinet and saxophone. He is also working with new circus, film, installation, performance and dance.
“Tapani Rinne is a name as integral to the contemporary Finnish music scene as is Jean Sibelius. Which doesn’t mean to say that Sibelius was a covert jazz connoisseur, nor that Rinne has achieved worldwide acclaim amongst the general listening public. But to any who have followed current trends in modern Scandinavian music, be it hip hop from Jimi Tenor or the classical crossover of violinist Pekka Kuusisto, the band RinneRadio is synonymous with experimentation both saxophonic and electronic – Anthony Shaw”.
In his “The Other One” you can let your mind wander and enter different moods, or with David Rothenberg words: “there is something to be gained by melding the organic reed with the cool computer, it is a lonely northern forest sound unheard before now”. The Other One was originally made for an art exhibition held by Harri Koskinen at Gallerie Forsblom.
Tapani Rinne – bass clarinet
Iro Haarla – piano
rrimöykk – beats and sounds
The Other One – 9.58 min
Speak Dr Mattila
“Sormina” is new musical instrument, created as a doctoral dissertation project of Juhani Räisänen in the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Media Lab. The instrument is a wireless tool to create electronic music and live video from a computer. The design of the hand held interface and all the programming is done by Juhani Räisänen. With the project, the interface design and the audiovisual output have been of equal importance.
The music of “Sormina” can be described as ambient or environmental, with reminiscence of water drops, wind and other “spacy” sounds. Also melodies can be played. The musician controls the music by turning small knobs of the interface with fingers. When desired, the finger movements may also control live video processing created by the same software.
Speak Dr Mattila – 7.11 min
“What Did You See?”
Juha Valkeapää is a vocal and performance artist, using his voice as his main tool.
In the project “What Did You See?” he uses recorded voices from his exhibition at the Muu gallery in 2006. Visitors (of the show) were asked to say their names, after which they were blindfolded. Juha Valkeapää then performed a vocal portrait improvising with the phonemes of the visitor’s name. Afterwards the visitors were asked to explain what they had seen during the performance.
These surprising and very different answers are edited in an alphabetical order in “What Did You See?”. It’s an interesting sonic game, with the human voice as the main focusing point.
“What Did You See?” – 13.34 min
Art Fair Suomi 09
Päivi Nikkilä is a freelancer journalist and specialized on art, culture, gender and human rights issues. She has accomplished the M.A. degree on theatre research and social anthropology at the university of Hki.
The freelance reporter Päivi Nikkilä will make interviews and presentations during the Art Fair in Cable Factory, starting on Friday, Sept 25th. These presentations and talks will be broadcasted over the net radio, starting from Sunday, Sept 27th.
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