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New exhibition! Two Million Seconds by Noronkoski/Rainio/Siren

I have a new joint exhibition with two friends Juuso Noronkoski and Tuomo Rainio at Forum Box gallery. It’s called Kaksi miljoonaa sekuntia / Two Million Seconds and my piece there is a 16-channel generative sound installation called Kadonnut aika (Lost Time). The sound is controlled by parameters which are tied into the computer clock values, so time itself is changing the piece. I will post more about my piece in the future, but below you can read our general take about the themes of the exhibition. The exhibition is open Tue-Sun 12-17 until 30th of April, welcome!

“A joint exhibition by three artists at Forum Box explores the relativity and temporal asynchrony of different durations. The artists, who all work with different media, focus on the dialogue between material processes. Digital processes construct and deconstruct the image and stretch sound, while chemical processes shape photographic paper. Water, stored for millions of years, evaporates invisibly during the course of the exhibition, in about two million seconds.

A time series of three photographs by Juuso Noronkoski serves as an introduction to the exhibition. The building in the photographs is a reference to the visible world, a place, a city somewhere in the distance. As the fog thickens and moves in front of the building, the view becomes more abstract. The event continues elsewhere in Noronkoski’s photographic works, where the shadow of the window refers to the descent of the fog curtain, to the sun, and finally to the photographic image itself. In the artist’s studio, the sunlight has traveled to a piece of paper placed opposite the window. The frame of the window delineates an event in which the light itself becomes the image.

In Tuomo Rainio’s works, temporality and duration are expressed through the abstracted human figure and through the technology that explores the recording of light. The final work, a collaboration between Tuomo Rainio and Janne Pulkkinen, will be shown at the back of the exhibition space, where the technology developed for the work records light volumetrically – as a spatial mass. The video work focuses on light and its various manifestations as grainy noise, rays and curious clouds of fog. Where attention is usually focused on things in terms of the light they reflect, the work opens up perspectives on how light invisibly radiates through the air between things, objects and people.

In Joonas Siren’s work, sound progresses through Marcel Proust’s series of novels In Search of Lost Time. The temporal structure of the mammoth 148-hour audio book thickens and expands, while it spreads through the gallery space, pulsing through it, from room to room. Parameters tied to a computer clock shape the work, creating its own temporal structure. On a daily basis, the computer moves on to the next part of the book series and spreads its temporal reach, most often slowing down the time or speed of the narrated text.

What the works in the exhibition and the artistic thinking of the authors have in common is focusing attention on something seemingly empty and in-between, on individual sounds in the middle of words. At the same time, the works open up interpretations of the relationship between light and time, exploring the slowing down of their movement. The fog obscures the simple expression of the photograph and shifts the gaze on to the event itself. The passer-by takes a step, space-time bends and the granite underfoot passes 20 years in a blink of an eye. “

forces live at noise traffic

I recently had a gig at Free Art Space in Helsinki in last January, in an event called Noise Traffic. I had very good times there and the set turned out quite nice I think, so I decided to upload it to SoundCloud!

Played pretty abstract SuperCollider sound synthesis set using this live coding methodology called Node Proxy or Ndef, which allows you to do rapid changes to the material you are playing. It’s super fun for live use and I have been using it a lot recently for maybe a bit different stuff than my older more granular based methods. Take a listen!

Teosto Prize nomination!

LKS 20230215 Helmi Kajaste (neljäs vasemmalta) ja työryhmä musiikkialan Teosto-palkintoehdokkaiden julkistustilaisuudessa Helsingissä 15. helmikuuta 2023. LEHTIKUVA / ANTTI HÄMÄLÄINEN

After some pretty unexpected turns I seem to be one of the nominees for this year’s big Teosto Prize for being one of the producers for Draama-Helmi‘s (Helmi Kajaste) album Draama-Helmi Kuistilla. Teosto is the music composer copyright organization a bit like Germany’s GEMA but maybe not quite that extreme. Still feels pretty weird after being involved in Helsinki electronic music underground for more than 20 years and then suddenly get nominated for a famous prize. I wasn’t even a member of Teosto before and I had to join in to accept the nomination! xD

Helmi is a good a friend and I have made three beats for her so far. (if you are unaware of Helmi’s work, start with this music video!):

SOLA post-festival club in January

Among my other artistic endeavours, I’m part of an association which runs an yearly festival for experimental music and moving image called: SOLA. You can find more info about last years festivals in a few posts below. Part of the festival should have been a separate pre-festival club night that was unfortunately cancelled. It was cancelled as the workers of the venue (the Helsinki main library Oodi) were on strike, but we still managed to do the same night almost 8 months later the end of January. More info below!

https://solafestival.fi/Pre-festival-club-at-Oodi


SOLA Post-Festival Club

Originally this event should have been organized 4th of May 2022, but due to the Helsinki city workers strike it was cancelled. We will now have the exact same lineup at the same place Tue 24th of January 2023!

On Tuesday 24th of January we celebrate the previous SOLA festival with a free of charge program! The main festival took place at WHS Theater Union 13th-14th of May.

In Oodi will have a selected short films of the renowned Finnish experimental film maker Saara Ekström and a musical performance by Ilpo Numminen and a live-art performance by Minerva Juolahti.

Minerva Juolahti: erottuminen(–)

The performative gesture approaches the processes of differentiation and non-differentiation through body and space. The work explores how sound and image can create and disclose spaces, on the other hand make them fade out, blend into each other.

Esityksellinen ele lähestyy erottumisen sekä ei-erottumisen prosesseja kehollisuuden ja tilan kautta. Teos tutkii sitä, miten ääni ja kuva voivat toisaalta luoda ja tuoda esiin tiloja, toisaalta häivyttää niitä.


Ilpo Numminen

Synthhead Ilpo Numminen has been blasting socks off with his hypnotic cosmic comps for years now. Ilpo’s unabashed love for krautrock inflects his playful and decidedly spaced-out musiikkia, most notably on his latest release on the venerable Lal Lal Lal label lovably titled I Guess You Could Call This A Long Play. Ecstatic delights to warm even the coldest of continental hearts!

For Oodi library Ilpo will give a introduction how to use modular synthesizer as an instrument, an especially the hosted in one of the studios in the library. After the presentation we will hear a special set using only the Oodi library’s modular synthesizer!


Saara Ekström

Saara Ekström works in film, photography, text and installation. Chronotopes where time and place densify, time that nurtures and erodes, the ambivalent desire to both remember and forget are at the core of her art. Ekström’s work has been shown extensively in various museums and festivals in Europe, the Americas and Asia. She received the Finnish media art prize AVEK-award in 2018 and the prizes of SW Finland in 2017, Finnish Art Society in 1995 and the Aboa prize in 1994. She has been the Helsinki Festival Artist in 2005 and was nominated for both Ars Fennica and Carnegie Art Award prizes in 2010.

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!

::

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(){
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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