Hello, unfortunately I have been rather lazy this year with updating my site. The works pages are missing works from my solo exhibition “Ether Vortex – and other fantasies about infinity” and my graduation piece “Fall/Rapture” from the spring exhibition of Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. I try to update these during summer.
Second part of my master thesis for Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Fall/Rapture is now exhibited at the school’s spring exhibition Kuvan kevät. It’s open until 2.6.
Some information about my work from the catalog text I wrote:
How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
Fall/Rapture is a 16-channel sound instal- lation which is located in a six-storey stairwell next to the lobby of the Acade- my of Fine Arts. Speakers are attached to a wire and lowered down from the ceiling to the floor. Sounds are continuously rising and descending, creating a spatial experience.
The theme of my work is to contemplate the idea of transcendence with sound. I have included pieces from two very different musical genres in my work – black metal and gospel – which can be thought of as representing the same kind of longing for transcendence, although from widely differ- ing perspectives. The name of the work is a direct reference to the Biblical story of Lucifer being cast down from heaven, and also to the notion of rapture used by fundamentalist Christians.
There was already some press coverage about the exhibition in Finnish:
I’ll have my first solo show in two weeks at the gallery of Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (Kasarminkatu 44). The opening is at 21.3. 18-20 and after that the exhibition is open from 22.3. to 7.4. every day 11-18. At the opening there will be music performances by Cleavage (Tuukka Salonen & Joonas Siren) and Tulasi (Veli-Matti Ikävalko & J.Koho).
The exhibition will be consisting of three installations, one purely sound, one sound/object and one video/sound.
Thematically the exhibition revolves around the concept of invisibility and/or ephemerality.
In the Fall of 2012 I was very productive with my new modular synthesizer, so the SoundCloud account of Younghusband has filled with many different tracks. Here are bunch of them:
Bit of a late update, but late last November 2012 I’ll played with Jonas Olesen live on our radio program Aavemaa.
I played my modular synth while Jonas played with different kind of electromagnetic pickups, pocket computer and other devices.
You can listen the result here:
Our site-specific sound installation project inspired by the description of “sound houses” in the Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis book (1624-27) added to my work page.
A late post, but still worth of mentioning and documenting; we organized a special nine hour experimental music evening at Café Kiasma exactly one week ago (12.10.2012). The event was based on Erik Satie’s Vexations composition, but every artist used only the MIDI data of the composition, each with their own methods. I think it was a pretty successful evening all and all, and I think I’ll continue with the MIDI investigation.
Here is the more in-depth text about the event:
Fri 12.10. @ Café Kiasma (Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki)
12 PM – 21 PM
AROUND 1893, Erik Satie composed a piece called Vexations. Consisting of swaying notes and chords, the piece lasts only a few minutes, but at the bottom of the sheet Satie included a mysterious and perhaps humorous instruction: “To be repeated 840 times”. Although Satie himself apparently never performed the piece, it has since then been performed several times. The first and perhaps the most famous of the performances was the eighteen-hour session organized by John Cage in 1963.
The Whitecolors collective and Kiasma give a contemporary feel to Satie’s composition. Twelve experimental musicians will use a MIDI score of Vexations playing at double speed on their own electronic devices or computers, or use the visuality of the MIDI notes in some totally different way. The idea is to create a series of different performances that will all nevertheless have the same starting point.
Lasting throughout the day, the event also reflects Satie’s concept of ‘furniture music’ (musique d’ameublement) that sees music as an inseparable part of the environment.
Whitecolors is an open collective specialising in site-specific works and concerts. Its first project was a 24-hour Dream House concert dedicated to the composer La Monte Young, held on the island of Harakka off Helsinki in June 2011 in co-operation with the Nomadic Academy of Experimental Arts.
Kiiskinen (Tero Niskanen)
Marjatta (Samuli Kytö)
Krokogom (Antti Kangas & Tuomas Kärkkäinen)
Dear Beloved Henry (Tuukka Salonen)
Younghusband (Joonas Siren)
I have been hosting a weekly experimental radio program with my friend/bandmate Tuukka Salonen since 12th of August ’12. You can hear it on Sundays at Lähiradio 100.3 MHz 5PM – 6PM. We also podcast every show at our Tumblr site http://aavemaa.tumblr.com/.
We usually have studio guest who play live or we listen to their recorded output and discuss etc. We try to cover different spectres of the experimental music in Helsinki and Finland.
The list of our shows so far:
23.9. Hyster Tapes
9.9. Tuukka Haapakorpi
26.8. Lauri Wuolio & Pietari Kylmälä
19.8. Eero Pulkkinen & Teemu Iltola
More info http://aavemaa.tumblr.com/
My live set as Younghusband from the Sikofest C couple of weeks ago, organized by the SIKO Records posse. Mainly analog modular synthesizer stuff, which I use mostly nowadays. Maybe more ramblings about the modular later on.
Photo by Heta Kaisto
Finally proper Glossolalia documentation available at the Glossolalia page. Audio recorded by Elin Øyen Vister.
Photos cortesy of Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde. Photographer Maria Laub. All rights reserved.
Here is a early documentation of the final Glossolalia work. I have been so busy that I haven’t had time to document the building phases after monday. The opening was yesterday and I did this short video clip couple hours before it.
I would do a proper documentation version on the following days.
I’m here in Roskilde building my final work for the Nordic Sound Art MA-program called Glossolalia in the Roskilde Contemporary Art Museum. Glossolalia is a sound installation / sculpture. It consist of a upside down tree, “growing” from the ceiling made entirely from all kind of black cables (electric, data, audio). On top of the branches of the cable tree are 16 speakers, were sounds are coming from. The aural part of the piece are glossolalia (commonly known speaking in tongues) samples collected from YouTube. A Max/MSP patch is panning the samples through the different branches. The sounds are also phasing between processed and unprocessed states.
Here is an early sketch drawn by Helmi Kajaste of the piece:
It is now day tree of building the damn thing. On the first day, Friday 20th of April 2012, I went with the museum people to a scrapyard to get enough cables. I got total of 130 kg, which should be enough.
Here are some of my cables:
I’m using a plumbin pipe as a constructio for the tree trunk. From metal wires I’ll twist the formation for the different branches. I just painted the whole thing black and at the moment it looks like this:
This is my exhibition space (notice the early formation of the roots in the ceiling):
The opening is next Friday, so I have still six solid working days to finish the thing. I’ll keep documenting how does it progress through the whole process. Tomorrow, I’ll hopefully start to wire the cables from the ceiling to the tree and by Wednesday I should be done with that.
Hello, I have two tracks on this new compilation of Finnish and Norwegian sound art / experimental music Muu for Ears 9. My tracks are Exploring Amen (part 2) and Younghusband – Cosmic Rays from the Planet Altar.
Currently I’m writing this from Bergen, Norway where we are having a record release party at 8PM today at Lydgalleriet.
I will play the Exploring Amen live set, which is an exploration of the Amen Break made famous by the whole Drum ‘n Bass genre. I think it is interesting, how a simple drum sample constitues a whole genre of hunderds or thousands of different tracks. Two years ago I started to build my own experimentation of the break and I’m slowly building my own genre of experimental tracks made by only using the break in different ways.
Three audio documentation added to old works (to mylly, genetic transformation of betula pendula by particle bombarment and shandon bells ) + several photo documentation added to the same aforementioned pages.
Just recorded a new improvised Younghusband track. Having fun with synthesizers + effects, but the same old Drone thing.
Also added to the Music page.
I try to start session and record more of my own stuff this year. Maybe do a complete demo at some point. Having also thoughts of diving into the modular synth world, which I find pretty interesting. The Muff Wiggler forum has lot of info on different modules and how to start to build your own system. I would assume that it would offer more sonic freedom + happy, chaotic mistakes. I’ll try to document my progress with the Modules later on during this year.
Music Centre (Mannerheimintie 13 A, Helsinki)
Fri 27.1. – Sat 4.2.
Opening Fri 27.1. 5pm
Material Frequencies investigates the formant frequency of different materials in the Helsinki Music Centre. Every material has its on frequency where it starts to resonate. I find this physical aspect of sound very interesting and I wanted to make a sound installation based on the phenomenon.
Seven transducer speakers has been mounted on different materials in the Music Centre’s foyer. I have searched the formant frequency with simple changing the pitch of a sine wave oscillator. I programmed a computer to play this frequencies in a matter of random composition. The program also plays each frequencies overtone.
I want also to direct focus on to spaciality. Sounds from different sources creates a spacial experience, which can be experienced from different parts of the building.
Hello, this site is starting to be quite up-to-date. Works, sketch, links, cv and some subpages are updated. Some important works are still going to be uploaded + lot of stuff to sketches. Also I’ll import old essays from my old site (http://incompetentshadow.blogspot.com/) to here.
I’ll post a here whenever I’ll update my site, so this would be first one; three Younghusband songs (my solo project) and bunch of Cleavage songs uploaded to the music page.