Forces + h5io6i54k Live Streaming Performance on SAT 12.4. at 23 (GMT+2)

Satuday 13.4. at 23 (GMT+2) I will be playing a very special Forces gig: a streaming performance together with visual artist H5io6i54k, which you can listen/watch at our Twitch channels and which will also be screened at DOTEK fashion event in Olomouc, Czech Republic. You can acces both of our streams easily with multitwitch service:

http://multitwitch.tv/ffforces/h5io6i54k

The DOTEK people approached me for a gig late February. I felt that instead quite unnecessary back and forth flying, I would be interested to try out streaming as a performance option. I think there has been very little talk about constant air travel inside the electronic experimental music community. I feel that as internet speeds are getting really fast for 720p (and beyond) live streams, why not use that option? Is the aura of the performer that important. In my case it’s just an another dude w/ computer. I guess it could be that people are suspicious about the “live” aspect of the performance, but as I’m always using SuperCollider as a live coding tool, so there shouldn’t be no fear of unliveness, but on the other hand, who cares?

This winter has been quite rough on me and I have found lot of solace w/ different Twitch streamers. I feel that the medium is really interesting and it could be used for lot of other things as it’s used at the moment that is mainly live gaming streams. So I’m hopeful I could do this again at some time in the future!

I will be playing material from all my albums released last year and H5io6i54k will improvise w/ his cutting edge mutating software beings and underwater algae!

If you have some free time on Sat evening, consider us!

Picture by: H5io6i54k

Forces: “Climate Denial Machine” digital album released on Bio Future Laboratory label!

”Climate Denial Machine” is my third Forces album. It was released 20.12.2018 by the enigmatic online label Bio Future Laboratory. The theme of the album is the shadowy organizations and institutions behind anti-climate change propaganda, saturating especially the US scientific discourse with false information for the benefit of oil and fossil fuel companies. You can read my thoughts about it in more detail below. Here is also a nice review of the album in Resident Advisor.

Forces – Climate Denial Machine [BFL-18]
https://bio-future-lab.bandcamp.com/album/climate-denial-machine

01 – Frontiers of Freedom
02 – Heritage Foundation
03 – Cato Institute
04 – Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
05 – Environmental Perspectives
06 – Earth Day Alternatives
07 – Donors Trust
08 – Institute For Humane Studies

In 2012 there was a survey of the US public that asked the question: “Do scientists believe that Earth is getting warmer because of human activity?” Out of the people chosen for the questionnaire 43% replied no and another 12% didn’t know. Only 45% accurately answered yes.

One reason for this uncertainty is the continuous and ongoing media saturation of falsified information regarding climate change. This is done by shadowy institutes, committees, foundations and even departments inside universities that largely operate with funding from conservative oil and fossil fuel millionaires like the infamous Koch brothers. These pseudo-scientific institutions have been successful undermining the genuine research into climate change.

The environmental organization Greenpeace maintains an archive of these institutions and all the track titles of Forces’ “Climate Denial Machine” album are derived from there. The album was made after Summer ‘18, when record high temperatures were measured around the Globe – yet an another worrying sign of anthropogenic climate change.

Soundwise, the album should not to be taken as a literal sonification of a dystopian future, where the Earth is left barren and destroyed, or of a shiny utopian future, where technology has solved the climate crisis. Rather, it’s a collection of tracks that operate independently in many different levels of sonic experimentation. The sometimes mellow, sometimes harsh sounds form futures that are not binary, but shifting in tonalities and narratives.

The undisputed reality is that we need to recognize the influence of the people and institutions hijacking the scientific discourse of climate change for their own benefits. The album is dedicated to raise that awareness.

References:

Greenpeace, “The Anti-Environmental Archives”
http://www.polluterwatch.com/anti-environmental-archives
Robert J. Brulle: “Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of U.S. climate change counter-movement organizations”, PhD study, Drexel University, 2013:
https://drexel.edu/now/archive/2013/December/Climate-Change
The Guardian, “How Donors Trust distributed millions to to anti-climate groups”:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/feb/14/donors-trust-funding-climate-denial-networks

Forces: “Dynamics” released on the Berlin based Conditional records

Second Forces album was released by the Berlin based Conditional records on October 19th ’18.

Here are my thoughts/linear notes about it:

“You see a robot dog standing on four legs in front of a man holding a long stick. The man tries violently to knock the robot off balance. The robots sways back and forth, still holding its ground. You feel empathy towards the thing, while nonetheless recognizing it as an artificial being. It’s uncanny. Perhaps it’s the lifelike movement of the robot that tricks our brain into recognizing it as a living thing.

The robot in question is a prototype of Boston Dynamics, one of worlds most advanced robotics manufacturers. The company has strong ties with the US military research institute DARPA. Thus, it’s very likely that some day they might be used to fight proxy wars and kill humans.

The ‘Dynamics’ album was conceived in early 2018. While making it I noticed that there was an underlying theme of “robot-ness” in the tracks. Writing SuperCollider code that produced strange interlocking kick drums, shifting temporally almost in an autonomous manner, I felt that this is dance music better suited for artificial beings than humans.

The robots of Boston Dynamics came to mind. I named the tracks after the prototypes of the manufacturer and started to wonder, why can’t we make robots to rave and dance instead of fight our wars? Why is it that that the advancement of technology is often left to the military-industrial complex? Rather than producing killing machines, maybe we could produce robots simply because we can.”

https://shop.conditional.club/album/dynamics

Cassette + Digital Album
Acidic yellow C40 cassette. Only 30 copies.

Forces – Dynamics (CON020)

1. RHex
2. SpotMini
3. RiSE
4. Cheetah
5. Handle
6. PETMAN
7. Atlas
8. LS3
9. WildCat

‘Forces -Plastisphere’ cassette / digital album released on Czech label Genot Centre

After pretty much 20 years of electronic music making, my first proper solo album is now out!

Forces – Plastisphere limited edition cassette/digital was released by the Czech label Genot Centre on 11th of March. It was also premiered by the digital culture platform AQNB last week: http://www.aqnb.com/2018/03/09/finnish-producer-forces-considers-hybrid-bioforms-in-the-anthropocene-with-the-trembling-polluted-noise-of-plastisphere/

The name and theme of the album is derived from the concept of plastisphere; new era of organisms that have evolved to live from the plastic waste of our oceans. It’s is still unclear if these totally new lifeforms propose a threat to the existing lifeforms of the sea or a solution to the growing problem of plastic waste.

The album consist of nine improvised tracks with the audio program language SuperCollider from last summer. My working method is to repurpose existing source material, mainly contemporary EDM/Trance (Calvin Harris etc) to form totally new kinds of algoritmic compositions.

I see a parallel between these new creatures and my snippets of code. The plastisphere creatures are feeding of the human produced plastics in a similar manner as are my SuperCollider code/”viruses” feeding/transforming the plastic source material.

Cover design by: h5io

4e6f6d6164 by Hermanni Keko & Joonas Siren @ Third Space


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They are coming. Inhabiting your email, crawling inside your browser. Watching, listening. All eyes on you. Can you feel them? Soon they are walking, in your garden, eating your carrots. I’m the prepper, searching for organic with my ultraviolet light. This is my home. Here I eat my cereals.

OPENING: Thursday 18.1.18, 18-20
Notice: we will be in the near-by Brew Dog bar

VISITING HOURS 19 – 27.1.2018 @ 16 – 22, during dark hours
THIRD SPACE, Tarkk’ampujankatu 18, 00150 Helsinki

Only visible from the street – no entrance.

Sleep Paralysis & PhD-studies

Next week I’ll have a new joint-exhibition called Sleep Paralysis with Tuukka Haapakorpi & Jukka Hautamäki at Myymälä2-gallery. We describe the theme as follows:

“Sleep​ ​paralysis​ ​is​ ​a​ ​condition​ ​where​ ​the​ ​mind​ ​is​ ​awake​ ​but​ ​the​ ​body​ ​is​ ​not.​ ​The​ ​experience​ ​is described​ ​as​ ​an​ ​oppressive​ ​feeling​ ​and​ ​a​ ​distortion​ ​of​ ​space.​ ​Often​ ​a​ ​strange​ ​entity​ ​is​ ​perceived occupying​ ​the​ ​space.​ ​Thinking​ ​is​ ​possible​ ​but​ ​action​ ​is​ ​not.​ ​The​ ​exhibition​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​sleep paralysis​ ​as​ ​an​ ​allegory​ ​to​ ​a​ ​dysfunctional​ ​political​ ​subjectivity,​ ​fueled​ ​by​ ​a​ ​paralysis​ ​of​ ​discourse.

Consisting​ ​of​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​spatial​ ​experimentations​ ​and​ ​abstraction​ ​as​ ​an​ ​instrument​ ​of​ ​substance, the​ ​artist​ ​group​ ​aims​ ​to​ ​produce​ ​a​ ​landscape​ ​governed​ ​by​ ​an​ ​immobility​ ​of​ ​language.”

The opening of the joint-exhibition is on Wednesday 18th of October, from 6 pm – 8 pm! The exhibition is ongoing from 19th of October until 12th of November. Opening hours of Myymälä 2 are Wed-Sat 12.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m., Sun 12.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m. Welcome!

In other news, this Fall I have started studying in a PhD-program (actually a D.A program) at Aalto ARTS University’s, Fine Art department’s Contemporary Art -study program. The title of my dissertation is: “Poetics of Sound. How can sound forms meanings in a contemporary art context?”. I will focus mainly on newer sound works from the past 10 years that somehow bypass the ephemeral nature of sound to form different kinds of meanings, discourses and contexts, perhaps not at first hearable in the aural material of the work itself. I am not interested researching old pioneers of which there is plenty of texts. Rather I’m interested researching new developments and continuing forming a critical theory of sound art. I’m mostly following the research lines opened up by Seth Kim-Cohen’s “In the Blink of an Ear” -book that was instrumental for me for acknowledging more critical attitude towards sound based art works.

I will start to post more regularly about the progress of my studies.

Norberg & Neo-Walden

In a couple of days (27th of July) I’m playing my first Forces live gig outside of Finland. I’m very happy that it is in Norberg Festival (http://norbergfestival.com/programme/live/forces-fi/), which I regard one of the most interesting festivals in the Nordic countries. I’m part of THRDEYEVISION collective and we are taking over of the 303 tent venue for the whole day of Thursday.

Other news; my recent installation Neo-Walden at the LAPSody Festival 2017 is included now on my Works page.

Neo-Walden:

+ still some other news: I’m having some difficulty with the Tumblr platform, so couple of my old online projects (herr doktor buckwaldt’s island experiment & land art in minecraft) are not functioning properly at the moment. I try to fix this later on.

Liquid Syntax EP just released!

Hello, during Summer I have been mostly concentrating on my musical output. Forces is now my main musical alias and I haven’t done really anything else over a year.

Liquid Syntax‘ EP was done over last two months. It consists of tracks that are almost solely made from computer aided manipulation of Ibiza Trance compilation albums. Nowadays I am heavily using Ableton and Max For Live as I make my own granular synthesis Max/MSP patches.

I find the EP title apt for my working process where electronic sound material is infinitely capable for more transformation.

I find the title also suitable for the current predicament of reality, where identity, politics, capital etc etc etc is fluid.

You can listen it below!


May 2016

My two previous works were included in two new exhibitions. I had a solo show in Turku in a new media art gallery called Harmaa, where I showed my “Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?” sound installation. Newspaper story in Finnish about the new gallery.

The second exhibition was a group exhibition called Imaginarium, which included students from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and alumni’s like myself. There I showed my installation “I’m Virtual”.

March 2016

Soon I’ll have an exhibition with Hermanni Keko at Oksasenkatu11 gallery. The exhibition is called Pyhäinjäännös / Residue of Sacred and it is based on an earlier exhibition we did last year at Siipyy near Pori. Here is the exhibition text / picture / fb-event:

Joonas Siren & Hermanni Keko:

Pyhäinjäännös / Residue of Sacred

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Go find a treasure at 60°10’29.7″N 25°00’56.7″E
dig a bone up
or mud inside plastic
golden organ
man is a relic
and that is
how things are
so
that is
things are
is
are
at

Oksasenkatu11 Gallery 18.3-24.3

Opening Thu 17.3. at 6 PM

Open daily 12-6PM

Last day of the exhibition Thu 24.3.

https://www.facebook.com/events/944932425624988/

February 2016

My soundwork “Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?” is included in Jussi Koitela’s Skills of Economy Session – Beginning From the End event Saturday 20th of February in Kiasma theater.

This version is using the 7.0 soundsystem of the Kiasma theater, so it will be much more high fidelity version than the previous ones.

More info about the event here:
http://www.kiasma.fi/nayttelyt-ja-ohjelmisto/kiasma-teatteri/skills-of-economy-session/

June update 2015

Next week I’ll have my first joint-exhibition with Hermanni Keko called Pyhäinjäännös (Relic in English, or more literally Residue of Sacred) in Siipyy, Kriistinankaupunki, 340 kilometres from Helsinki. The topic of the exhibition is the concept of a relic, but from a transhumanist perspective. It consist of videos, photographs, electronics, generative sound, objects and perhaps something else.

Here is the event if you you happen to be around Pori / Kristiinankaupunki early July.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1484632675161105/

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Also, I started a new project with the same Hermanni called Zealous (https://soundcloud.com/zealousmusik). It is mainly beat based electronics, quite slow and sometimes distorted, but not without melodies.

On Bassoradio

Hey all,

I visited the experimental music program Sähkötyyny on Bassoradio last Sunday. I played a short HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA live set, played some records and talked about my music and artistic works. Sadly it is in Finnish but many of the tracks (and the live set I hope) is worth of a listen.

You can listen it hear:
https://www.mixcloud.com/S%C3%A4hk%C3%B6tyyny/s%C3%A4hk%C3%B6tyyny-1242015-with-special-guest-joonas-siren/

April update 2015

Hey all,

Not much news. I’m working on couple of different projects, but with no specific deadlines or exhibition schedules. One joint exhibition with a friend is coming up in July in the countryside of Finland, which we will hopefully exhibit later on in Helsinki. More info about that later.

I do have one older work (but first time in Finland) coming up at Free Art Space Sun 12th of April 12-20, which hopefully people will come to see. More info below:

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Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?

I remember one childhood summer, when I first realized that my father couldn’t hear the grasshoppers singing. I felt confused; why are there sounds that can not be heard by everybody?

This memory resurfaced a few years ago, when I was thinking more about my personal relation to sound.

To my knowledge the sound of singing grasshoppers is the only specific aural phenomenon that can be lost from hearing. Grasshoppers and crickets sing in a very high pitch between 12 – 20 kHz and these frequencies can be lost because of normal aging.

I find it poetic that there are sounds that are connected to the process of aging. The disappearance is somehow a reminder of our limited, transient existence.

“Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?” is a generative 16-channel sound installation, where different field recordings of grasshopper sounds are randomly triggered to different speakers. The computer program also transposes these sounds; pitchshifting it up behind the 20 kHz human hearing threshold and down to 5 kHz enabling everybody to hear them.

The project was first exhibited as an end of residency exhibition in Avatar Centre Québec City, Canada in December 2013.

Sun 12.4.2015 12-20 in Free Art Space (Vapaan Taiteen Tila)

Free Art Space is located in Katri Valan Puisto -park’s shelter in the area of Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The entry is opposite of Vilhovuorenkuja 16.

Produced with the help of Avatar Centre.

Supported by Kone Foundation.

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1420137154956320/

January update 2015

Hello,

Not so many news otherwise, but next month I will have a sound installation at Free Art Space here in Helsinki. Here is more info about it:

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Sustained Magic

I have vivid memories of the trip to see Jurassic Park in the Autumn 1993.

Before the movie started, after the mandatory commercials and trailers, there was a sound.

I can’t remember if it was the first time I heard it, but I know I heard it then and many times afterwards.

The sound was magical.

A loud, glorious synthesizer drone, gliding from a low note to a high one, approaching almost physical.

It was accompanied by the bright, metallic and futuristic letters T H X.

I fell in love with that sound.

THX was a quality assurance system built by Lucas Arts corporation. During the 90s many film theaters in Helsinki adopted the standard, but during the 00s it lost its relevance and the sound was not heard anymore.

Sustained Magic is a sound installation based on a time stretched THX sound. The sound is stretched to two hours, an average length of a movie.

Sometimes going into movies was less about the movie itself than to be able to hear that sound again.

Sustained Magic is my own personal aural remembrance of that period of life.

-Joonas Siren

Sun 15.2.2015 12-20 Vapaan taiteen tila (Free Art Space)

Vapaan Taiteen Tila is located in Katri Valan Puisto -park’s shelter in the area of Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The entry is opposite of Vilhovuorenkuja 16.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1572266536318455/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

October update 2014

Braunschweig PROJECTS 2013-2014

My scholarship/residency is coming to an end here in Braunschweig. Only the last two days left. Last week was the opening of our BS Projects 2013-2014 exhibition, where my Time Fractures (pictured above) piece was exhibited. I will do later on a better documentation to my works-page.

Other news, I got a studio grant from the Friends of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, which will cover a free studio in Suomenlinna for a year hosted by the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP). I am very grateful for this, because I haven’t had a proper studio since I graduated as a MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. I am really looking forward to returning back to Helsinki and start working at Suomenlinna. Let’s see what comes out of that!