Forces set @ VTT, Sat 14th of January

I haven’t played in Helsinki for a while, but I will tomorrow at the Noise Traffic event VTT / Free Art Space Vilhovuorenkuja 15! I will livecode some weird synthesis that I’ve been cooking this Winter/last Autumn. Maybe more abstract stuff this time.

Plenty of other acts as well!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1594102224377112

NOISE TRAFFIC
A collaboration between sensorium space and station of commons
14th January 2023

Vapaan Taiteen Tila / Vilhonvuorenkuja 15-16, 00500 Helsinki

‘The sonic flesh has no dermis, no skin, but inhabits
the possibility of the world with its own formless possibility’
– Salome Voegelin, 2019

Noise Traffic is an event hosting a plurality of voices from local and international artists, collectives, and art communities. Its aim is to promote artistic discourses and to discuss the political possibilities of sound, voice, and performance. Noise Traffic will take place on the 14th of January 2023 at Vapaan Taiteen Tila (Free Arts Space) in Helsinki and is the first one of an event series.

In ‘Noise Traffic’, sonic flesh is an immaterial membrane holding up a complexity of sequences, and exposes the semantic infrastructures of a given context and a place. In its capacity to inhabit it also mobilises and maps out societal dimensions which are often unheard. ‘Noise Traffic’ approaches the indeterminate possibilities of the sonic flesh and reinforces the complexity of sequences of those voices that are outside of any form of representation and provides them with a playground to create their own set of rules that exist, often, as an ‘other’ world within the existing world.

line up (in alphabetical order):
aetherlinna (CY/FI), Tytti Arola (FI), Ana Gutieszca (FI/MX), Forces (FI), GRM (FI/DE), Minerva Juolahti (FI), Androula Kafa (CY), Gregoire Rousseau (FI/FR), Emiddio Vasquez (CY/US), and Jukka Kääriäinen (FI).

Pop-up stands by Rab-Rab Press (https://www.rabrab.net/), and by record label Moneda (https://monedas.bandcamp.com/).

The event will be streamed live on Lumbung Radio https://lumbungradio.stationofcommons.org/
Doors open at 14:00

Entrance is free, with suggested donation of 5-10€

This is a crowdfunded event and all proceeds will go to the artists.

Keywords: noise, experimental, avant-garde, sound, performance art, happenings, lectures, podcasts, radio, bunker, bats, rituals, loops, electronics, computer noise, Finnish Folk, psychedelic, techno, jazz, improv, body-sculptures, press.

New Forces Mix Out!

I have a new mix out (as Forces) on the Chilean label hIBRIDANITA. I played a lot of different computer music faves (Tom Mudd, LuisaMei, Carl Stone!) but also plenty of different kinds of electronic music like breakcore and even old school dubstep (Vex’d!). I actually livecoded the whole thing with SuperCollider, which was a fun challenge. Livecoding enabled me to do some on-the-fly editing on the tracks I was playing so for example Meat Loaf is completely destroyed x). Hope you enjoy!

Cover by: v3lo

Track list:
LuisaMei – pelikans-bak-bak
Mumdance & Logos – Proto
Kenji Kawai – Unnatural City
JºnΛs °lΣs∈n – {Systm32dll} {pd tonnage }.wav
ang3l_sp1der – ??
Olli Aarni – Flipperi uimahallin aulassa
Carl Stone – Wall Me Do
Pave Maijanen – Ikävä (Forces SinOsc.ar edit)
Atte Elias Kantonen – ??
Aamu Kuu – Vive La France (Hardcore Muzik)
Xanopticon – Psicicite
Dopplereffekt – Ulams Spiral
Tom Mudd – Scraper 3
Labradford – by Chris Johnston, Craig Markva, Jamie Evans,
General Magic & Pita – Spring Fridge +
Keiska – Pillow City
J. K. – A5 (Forces VOsc3.ar edit)
SOPHIE – UNISIL
Don Cherry – Bass Figure for Ballatune (Two Pianos and Three Piano Players)
Meat Loaf – Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are (Forces GrainBuf.ar edit)
Vex’d – Smart Bomb
Ben & Jerry – Cornerish E Gargle
Terrence Dixon – Beautiful Jerusalem
Murrettumeri – ??

Helsinki documentation

Happy new year 2023!

I forgot to post this during early November, but as I’m part of the SHAPE+ roster until July, they asked me to curate (or so called take-over) of their Instagram channel for a week. Instead of just posting my own stuff, I actually decided to document many active members of the underground scene here in Helsinki. You can still check my documentation out by following the IG stories highlight link below. I did 10 different video recordings of different artist jamming/training (Olli Aarni, Atte Elias Kantonen, Erikoismies, M Lore Wingren, Murrettumeri, W, jacquoline, ohmudog, An Tul and ang3l_sp1der).

https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17906599466655492/

Forces bandcamp page

Hey all, finally had the time and energy to make a proper Forces Bandcamp page. I put all Forces records from different labels there, mainly just for the sake of convenience/streaming. If you are interested in buying the albums digitally, please still use the the different label websites. The only exceptions is the album Dynamics, which is also available at my page as Conditional records is sadly defunct.

https://ffforces.bandcamp.com/

Artist of the week!

I’m happy to announce that I’m the artist of the week at SHAPE+ platform which also includes a takeover of their Instagram account. I keep posting different IG stories about my own work, but I also want to highlight the thriving underground scene here in Helsinki, so I try to post small snippets of local artist performing. So far I have filmed Erikoismies, M and jacqouline! Take a look at the IG account and except still more.

Envelope Festival

I will be doing a live AV streaming concert next Saturday 8th of October at 22:00 GMT+3 (21 in Berlin, 20 London, 15 New York, 12 Seattle) on my Twitch channel https://twitch.tv/ffforces as part of pan-Baltic/Nordic Envelope Festival!

The theme for the performance will be MIDI as I will be using the SuperCollider programming language for generating multiple different note and control change streams (+ a MIDI saxophone!) into all my different hardware synthesizers plus to about a dozen of different VSTs. For me, it will be an attempt to control the digital chaos and somehow try to gear the note generating programs towards interesting and suprising results.

Tune in!::)

SHAPE+!!!

I’m super happy to announce that in July 2022 I was selected to be one of the artist of SHAPE+ platform for the next year (July22-July23, as Forces)! I’m actually travelling next Sunday-Monday to Prague to introduce myself to the network and meet the other artists + festival members, excited! I don’t know yet what other things this year will be bring but looking very forward for it.

Here is my SHAPE+ page:
https://shapeplatform.eu/artist/forces/

If you are unfamiliar of SHAPE+ here is a short introduction:

SHAPE+ is a new European platform for innovative music and audiovisual art co-financed by the Creative Europe programme. Running for the next three years, SHAPE+ will foster exceptional emerging talent, connecting them to local communities and audiences through collaborative residencies with multiple artistic outcomes, commissioned artworks, as well as one-off presentations and performances. Combining an open call and a curatorial selection, the platform members will select a roster of artists to support each year.

SHAPE+ initially consists of 13 partners in 13 countries with plans for further expansion, while adopting an interdisciplinary approach and committing to social and environmental awareness.
SHAPE+ builds upon the previous SHAPE platform, which from 2015 to 2022 supported 336 emerging European artists and presented their work at festivals, events and venues in numerous countries across Europe and beyond.

SHAPE+ is a three-year initiative, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

‘Inertia’ album released!

My new Forces album is released! It’s called ‘Inertia’ and it’s 12 algorithmic SuperCollider drum machine jams, quite gabber influenced, but I also wanted to create quite unstable atmosphere with the help of the live-coding techniques.

Hope u like it!

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IM097 – Forces – Inertia
by Forces

1. Algorithmic Governance 05:05
2. Chaosmosis 05:19
3. Ocean Falls 03:21
4. Morphogenesis 05:20
5. Swarm 04:35
6. Zamenhof 03:33
7. Futurability 04:32
8. Sad Passions 05:04
9. Statistikon 03:34
10. Soul at Work 05:32
11. Spiritual Automata 05:28
12. Horizon of Possibility 04:22

Infinite Machine is happy to welcome Finnish interdisciplinary artist, Forces, to the IM family with the release of Inertia, Joonas Siren’s fifth album since he began putting out music in 2018. With previous cosigns from Aphex Twin, Zuli & Daniel Ruane, Forces is known for creating sharp digital textures and ever-surprising rhythmic structures using live coding software such as SuperCollider and TidalCycles.

With a background in fine art, Forces is never one to shy away from conceptual thinking about his output and this album is no different. Engaging with the work of theorist Franco Berardi (particularly recent book ‘Futurability’), Inertia tries to soundtrack the political malaise of the last few decades and the growing sense of powerlessness and inability to avoid the many crises generated by the structures of capital.

Forces opens up proceedings with ‘Algorithmic Governance’, where doom-laden bass drones pulse and groan over erratic drum hits which play in alien time signatures, outside of the realm of full, human comprehension. The algorithmic control of the track’s title could refer to Franco Berardi’s interest in social media, a force which simplifies and monetises social communication, or it could refer to his approach to co-creation with his software of choice. With many compositions, Forces sets up rules or parameters in his code but allows elements of randomisation and evolution, inviting SuperCollider’s algorithm to become a co-author alongside him.

‘Morphogenesis’ begins life as a straight-forward, hard techno composition but things are not as simple as they may first seem. Over its 5 minute duration, the stable 4/4 beat seems to collapse in on itself, potentially nodding to the mood of our current socio-economic moment. This is followed up by the formidable ‘Swarm’, a masterclass in algorythmic synthesis that’ll slice your brain in half on first listen. A stuttering of buzz saw-styled synth tones sweep, stretch and pitch bend themselves in ways that would be almost impossible to achieve within a classic DAW.

Named after the Berardi book that inspired Forces, ‘Futurability’ takes things in a slightly softer direction. Reminiscent of early Tim Hecker releases (with an added cybernetic edge), ‘Futurability’ has a sedative yet uneasy tone to it, as if the song is reflecting the dual sense of concern that things should change in society but our helplessness to actually change them, especially in the ecological or economic arena.

A tale of two halves, ‘Soul at Work’ starts out as a blissfully serene piece of what you could describe as code-based shoegaze which is then chewed up and spat out by algorithmic distortion and disorientating glitches from the midway point onwards.

Forces ends Inertia on a more hopeful note with the David Graeber-sampling ‘Horizon of Possibility’. Unlike ‘Soul at Work’, the lush drone work is left intact on this arrangement – maybe signaling the potential existence of different structures that are more positive and robust for all.

With Inertia, Forces pushes his singular musical style even further, to more hyperbolic and emotive heights. Embracing the eccentric randomness of the SuperCollider software and working in concepts from contemporary theorists, this album is a mediation on the current moment created alongside technology that also feels hyper-relevant to today.

credits

released July 1, 2022

Artwork by Forces
Mastered by Fausto Mercier

Chaosmosis

I have a new web project out called Chaosmosis!

https://chaosmos.is

It’s also a single from my upcoming record ‘Inertia’ on Mexico City based  label Infinite Machine. You can also just check it in SoundCloud.

The animation of Chaosmosis is produced by JavaScript code, especially a library called Three.js which is meant to handle 3D models. So all the movement (camera and the models) is produced by code calculations, which is pretty wild for me, as I’m more accustomed to be working on Blender and GUI way of working with models.

Here is what I wrote on IG about the whole thing:

“The generative animation is programmed with Three.js library and with two different 3D models of Russian shipwrecks sunken in the Gulf of Finland in the 18th century. The Finnish Maritime Museum generously published those models online for free of use.

The whole album is inspired by the philosopher Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s ‘Futurability’ book and the way it deals with the systematic failure of Neo Liberal Capitalism and the current inability to resist it.

The ‘Chaosmosis’ webpage project is a poetic rendering of the failing structures of current hegemony. The sunken and destroyed imperialistic war and cargo ships of the Russian empire has of course political connotations of this current moment, but they can also be seen as more abstract remnants of the past. Disappearing and rotten forms.”

At EMS residency && first single released from the upcoming new Forces album!

Hello all, couple of new news. Writing this from Stockholm where I have moved for six weeks. I was incredible lucky and got a residency in the Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm or EMS as it’s better known. I’m here working every day on pretty varied different synthesis topics. Lately I have been doing some pretty basic (but still indepth for me) signal processing techniques learning like frequency modulation and ring modulation in SuperCollider, but with all kinds of weird signal inputs and lots of modulation sources. Also besided the Buchla and Serge modulars that the studio is most well-known of there is plenty of interesting other modules and synths to try out. Lately I have had super fun with a weird 90’s FM synthesis module EVS-1 from Evolution Synthesis, which is a pretty unknown manufacturer who only made this one module. It’s a multitimbral FM module and it’s super fun to use with SuperCollider and sending random MIDI channels to different presets and see what comes out of. It’s pretty different maybe than to my previous Forces output but still super fun to use to make weird plinkety-plonk sound.

Here is my EMS article about my residency period: https://www.elektronmusikstudion.se/composers/2022/1234-joonas-siren-ncp-artist-in-residence-ems-23-may-1-july-2023

Other news: there will be soon a new Forces album! It’s called Inertia and it’s released by the Mexico City based label Infinite Machine and the first single is already out on IM’s SoundCloud. You can hear it below.

SOLA festival 2022

I was part of a team (or actually an association) organizing the yearly festival SOLA, festival for experimental music/film. Because of Covid there was a break for two years, but we succesfully had the festival again on 13th and 14th of May 2022 in WHS Teatteri Union. I think the festival went super well and I feel that it was our best yet. Happy to continue curating/organizing it in the future as well!

Festival webpage: www.solafestival.fi

Photos by Moona Pennanen

Tomutonttu aka Jan Anderzén

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen

Pakasteet (Mika Taanila & Jussi Lehtisalo) + Ilpo Väisänen

Minna Koskenlahti

Maarja Nuut

Film of Sandra Lahire

Fågelbörs

 

EVOL, Keiska, game cafe, Olmi, Forces & ang3l_sp1der, Värvöttäjä at Free Art Space

I’m excited to announce that me and Olli Aarni decided to organize a concert for the one and only EVOL from Barcelona. #computermusichooligans4lyfe!

Olli will play a special duo set with noise legend Tommi Keränen as Olmi and I will play together with Miša Skalskis aka ang3l_sp1der so some SuperCollider magic is going to be excpected. Our set will be probably quite freeform but hopefully we can make it intresting 🙂

Here is the whole lineup

https://www.facebook.com/events/4845776435530042/

EVOL (BCN)
http://vivapunani.org/

Keiska
https://soundcloud.com/keiska

game cafe
https://soundcloud.com/game_cafe

Olmi
https://olliaarni.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/tommi-keranen

Forces & ang3l_sp1der
https://soundcloud.com/forces-music
https://soundcloud.com/ang3l_sp1der

Värvöttäjä
https://soundcloud.com/varvottaja

Vapaan taiteen tila (Vilhovuorenkuja 15)
5€ (free for Uniarts students)

17:00—22:00

Sound system by Tatu Nenonen

*strobo warning for epileptics during EVOL set*

orchaedia spawn //// +++ nokturno

i’m happy announce a livestreaming event called orchaedia spawn next saturday at www.twitch.tv/orchaediaspawn sunday 30th of january 18.00-22.00 (gmt+2)

function start (){
let load = this.loader.app.load
load.OS_v017b
void(null).start //type: www.twitch.tv/orchaediaspawn
lineup()
}
//
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function lineup(){
///
18.00 (gmt+2)
Harold Hejazi: Adventures of Harriharri Episode II. (film, 56min+ introduction from Harriharri)
//
19.10 (gmt+2)
Jeremy Couillard & Forces present ESCAPE FROM LAVENDER CITY ISLAND ___ (live game / sound)
//
20.00 (gmt+2)
Jacqouline Delacroix & Alien Child *LIVE AV
///
21.00 (gmt+2)
M (LIVE)
}
begin.descent;

orchaedia spawn is an evening of experimental av works, mostly live and mostly video game related works. initally this was planned as a physical evening but event restrictions made us to do on twitch. it should be loads of fun still!
more info in the facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/664303894760266

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other news, me & milka luhtaniemi published a new online kinetic poetry work called “kesken kaikista paikoista” that was published in the nokturno.fi digital and experimental poetry platform. more info about it here: www.joonassiren.fi/kesken-kaikista-paikoista

Forces gig at Corsica Studios!


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I’m very excited to announce that I will play (as Forces ) my first UK show ever in Corsica Studios London on Wednedsday 17th of November, so little under two weeks (here is the FB event)!

I will play there together with Aho Ssan and Ana Fosca. After our live sets Ozel Ab will be dj-ing the rest of the night.

I was approached by the art organization Iklectik that I wasn’t familiar before, but who seem to be super awesome non-profit dedicated to the experimental arts. From their website u can check that there is plenty of cool upcoming stuff like a eurorack synth workshop Ewa Justka and a concerts by Philip Jeck and Astrid Sonne!

Long time ago, I have actually visited Corsica. In 2008 I went to Supersonic festival in Birmingham with my s/o of that time and during our trip back we stayed in London and went to see Parts And Labor play in Corsica. It’s pretty amusing that I haven’t been in London (or UK) since and now I’m coming back and actually playing in there!

I know that the soundsystem should be topnotch there so I probably play my more beat-heavy from all my released records!

Hope to see a lot of people there!

Compilation trax and news

Hey all. Summer is over and I’m gearing up for new things. I have again released couple of new compilation tracks as Forces.

The first one is called “Anti-Apophenia” on a Chilean label Hibridanita. The compilation is called “AURAL COOPERATIV”. Apophenia is a psychological condition where you make connections between unrelated things. It has often been linked to different compulsive conspiracy theorists, but I was thinking that the mental state where u deny the excistence of climate change against the massive amounts of data, could be seen as a reverse apophenia, an anti-apophenia of sorts. You can listen the track below!

The second track is called “Dandelion” on a Tokyo based label Mizuha 罔象 on a compilation “Biosphere”. No spesific meaning to this track name, but I have been thinking to make an installation based on the resilience of dandelions, which I feel are almost like the rats of the plant world. At least in Helsinki they seems to grow pretty much everywhere! Again track below:

I also just updated the website. Now on the works page there is mine and Milka Luhtaniemi’s recent joint exhibition Toinen laji, which was presented in Forum Box July-August 2021.

I have some upcoming Forces gigs as well. The first one will be 15th of October at Asbestos Art Space, an event called Slumber Party! No event link yet, but stay tuned on my Forces FB profile or Twitter.

The second one will be in Turku, a child-friendly concert called Muskari! The event will be in Kutomo couple days later from the slumber party, on 17th of October. I still have no idea how can I try to approach more child friendly music, but I guess I’ll make some wonky melodies with different random SuperCollider midi thingys and gentle clouds of grains :).

Final thing, during August I had my first physical gig since Paris gig last year in January in Kauttua middle Finland of all places. Kauttua is pretty small village but one of my closest friend Eero Pulkkinen moved there last year and organized a festival called Hunajanjyvä with Erika Hirsimäki. It was super fun to play there so I ended up going there also there couple of times more just to see the other gigs presented there during August. The festival was livestreamed on YouTube and u can watch my gig from below:

JS

Ps. I’m working on new records that I hope to share the news soon. <3

Toinen laji – new exhibition with Milka Luhtaniemi at Forum Box gallery!

 

I’m super excited to announce that my new joint exhibition with Milka Luhtaniemi is finally going to open tomorrow (Thursday 22th of July, -21, 16-19, BYOB!) at the Forum Box gallery. The exhibition is called Toinen laji/ Different Species and it will run until the 15th of August. We have been working with the material almost 2.5 years so it feels super good to finally to get it finalized and out in to the world!

Here is the exhibition text and I hope to see many familiar faces at the opening (again Thu 22.7. 16-19!).

MILKA LUHTANIEMI & JOONAS SIREN – TOINEN LAJI

Different species is a spatial poem and a digital video installation. The installation consists of poetic fragments – written by Luhtaniemi and composed by a programming language – shown on LCD screens. The poems composed by programs are generated into chance compositions and generate visual and kinetic poetry on the screens.

Different species refers to the question of whether some other way of being a human could be perceived behind, in place of, or between the human parts. The fragmentary and emergent poetics of the work map out this possibility of different ways of being.

The text moving by means of a kinetic poem is programmed into 2D and 3D environments, allowing the textual movement to appear in two different ways. One location in the work is the sea and an archipelago: water, landscape and sun are programmed into digital space. The installation also includes a printed publication of poetry, and the exhibition visitors are welcome to read it while watching the video.

The spatial nature of the work includes a sound installation utilising a so-called soundshower speaker. Ultrasonic technology allows sound to be heard very subtly only at a specific point in the room.

The work is Siren’s and Luhtaniemi’s third collaboration and first joint exhibition. Previous joint works are the performances BLÄNK (2017) and OFF (2018). The completion of the work has been supported by Arts Promotion Centre.

Milka Luhtaniemi (1992) is an interdisciplinary performance maker, dramaturg and poet living in Helsinki. She graduated as a performance dramaturg from the Theatre Academy in 2020. She has made performances at Mad House Helsinki, Tiivistämö, Exhibition Laboratory, Third Space, B-Galleria and Oksasenkatu 11. Her poetry has been displayed at Exhibition Laboratory and Nokturno.fi webpage which focuses on digital poetry.

Luhtaniemi’s book Kirnu was published in February 2021 (Gummerus) and she combines her literary thinking to her other artistic work.

Joonas Siren (1983) is a sound and media artist from Helsinki. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in visual arts in 2013 and from the Nordic Sound Art master’s program in 2012. His most important projects and exhibitions include the following: Nordic Sound Art – Master student’s exhibition at Roskilde Museum of Contemporary Art 2012, Kuvan kevät 2013, Jussi Koitela’s Skills of Economy project at Kiasma 2016, OFF performace-installation at Tiivistämö 2018 (in collaboration with Milka Luhtaniemi, Nicolina Stylianou and Elena Rekola) and a private exhibition Softbed at Kosminen galleria 2019. He also makes electronic computer music by the name of Forces, and has released numerous albums and remixes through various international electronic music labels.

www.milkaluhtaniemi.com
www.joonassiren.fi
www.instagram.com/milkeniemi
www.instagram.com/fffforces

The Olive Tree & Dorsal

I have two new compilation tracks on two very diffent projects as Forces.

The first one is called The Olive Tree which was released on a charity compilation called Persimmons From Palestine release on the Finnish label World Canvas. All the proceeds of the compilation will be donated to MECA (Middle East Children’s Alliance)

U can listen the track from the embed below:

The other one is a cool video album by the artist Sarah GHP. Sarah released an album of videos called Pleco on the Berlin based Conditional records. Different artists were asked to provide the sounds for the videos and I made the sounds for a video called ‘Dorsal’. U can also watch it below!