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Akusmata Sound Festival | 11. - 15.10.2016

Sound Gallery Akusmata will celebrate its five year anniversary with the Akusmata Sound Festival. Akusmata ​​​supports the field of sound art and it is also the first sound art gallery in Finland. This five-day festival presents a broad spectrum of new aural expression. The program includes electronic music, do-it-yourself musical instruments, sound installations, spoken word, noise performances and improvised music.
Italian Radical Matters Edition brings to Helsinki the doom metal alchemist Paul Chain's sound installation and a ​new ​recording ​produced specially for the festival.

ASF's program includes performances from Norway, Denmark, Russia and Italy.

The festival is held at the Akusmata​ ​gallery and​ ​in ​​Tukholman puisto ​park ​by Tukholmankatu in Helsinki. ​The artistic directors of the festival are Petri Kuljuntausta and Kenneth Kovasin.

To celebrate the anniversary​,​ Akusmata is also organizing the Frequency​ ​exhibition series​​ for young sound artists during the coming winter. Selected artists will receive the sound​ ​gallery​'​s grant to arrange an exhibiton at Akusmata.

All events on this festival have a voluntary 5€ entry fee to cover costs.


11.10. Klo 19:00 - 21:00 / Akusmata

Eirik Blekesaune
​ has been a part of the Norwegian art collective Verdensteatret since 2010. He works with sound, robotics, electronics, and software development. As a musician he uses laptop where the performance is based on creating digital musical instruments in real-time that can only be partially controlled. The laptop becomes a musical instrument that balances between taking control, and losing control.

Niklas Adam​ (1986, Denmark, currently based in Oslo, Norway) examines the ability of work on the border between visual art and music to break loose from the traditional behavioral patterns of listening, rational thinking and immediacy. Sound, movement, perception and how we choose or are confined, to interpret the outside world, is a recurring theme in Adam’s work. His approach is characterized by questioning the performance of music and especially how the traditional platform for music closes off the possibility for other types of listening in society. His work is often demanding and patient.


12. - 13.10. Klo 14:00 -18:00 / Akusmata

Paul Chain​
: "Satan's Future" Dying Edition | 2016 | in collaboration w/ Radical Matters Editions - The ephemeral ceramic record is designed to dissipate as a result of being played. The sound waves contained within are consumed each time it is played on a turntable, until they have once and forever disappeared, and in their place will remain mute ash.


14.10. Klo 19:00 - 22:00 / Akusmata

Sound and media artist Jukka Hautamäki​ (b. 1971 Oulu) lives and works in London, UK / Helsinki, FIN. Hautamäki works with found materials, electronics, sound, light and video. Hautamäki's sound performances are microscopic studies into raw electronic sound. He will adress the concept of "forced" improvisation: his intentional challenge of using difficult interfaces, and turning chaos and trash-aesthetics into instruments of live electronics. He experiments by integrating bodily performance with media technology. His music style has been described as electronic black metal.
Hautamäki has performed live in Europe and North America. Performance venues include La-bas Biennale, Lal lal lal and AAVE festivals in Helsinki, Ges21 in St. Petersburg, Mengi in Reykjavik, Avatar Centre in Quebec City, MTI in Leicester, Studio Loos in The Hague, Electric Knife in London, Madame Claude in Berlin and Trans Pecos, Harvestworks, CT-SWaM at Fridman Gallery in New York.
Interview by Avatar Centre (Quebec City, Canada) 12/2012: http://vimeo.com/66332376

Petri Kuljuntausta​ is an award-winning Finnish composer, musician, sound artist and author. He is famous for music composed of sounds both natural and extraordinary. Environmental sounds, live-electronics, improvisation and collaborations with media artists have influenced him as a composer and musician.

[ówt krì]​ is a solo project of Kenneth Kovasin ignited from a spark of dark synthesized drones that would come to be refined during the course of a decade. He uses various instruments to weave together bleak soundscapes where contrasts are entwined in harmony.


15.10. klo 16:00 - 18:00 / Tukholman Puisto (säävaraus Akusmata)

Lauri Hyvärinen
​ is a guitar player from Helsinki, FInland. For most of his life he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music as well as noise. He works to find a balance between an instrumental impulse and a respect for silence and presence. Besides his solo ventures Hyvärinen
has played with musicians such as Ilia Belorukov, Tommi Keränen, Jone Takamäki, Alan Wilkinson, Jack Wright, Morishige Yasumune and Naoto Yamagishi. Hyvärinen has performed in Europe, Japan, Russia and the Baltics.

Juho Kuusi is a double (and dominant) Finnish master of poetry slam. Kuusi is currently working on two album projects, but to Akusmata's fifth birthday celebration he arrives with pure a cappella spoken word performance, in which laughter mixes with tears, rap mixes with spoken word, which verbal finger is primarily charity.

Saxophonist and composer Johannes Sarjasto is rising star in Finnish jazz scene. Johannes’s style is uncompromising and seeking new direction all the time. He is active in many groups ranging from hip hop to jazz and improvised music. Beside leading his own quartet Johannes is playing solo concerts and has performed with bands like Soul Valpio Band, STRIP, Uinuva and Alhos.

Cracklebox is a touch and pressure sensitive device that squeeks and makes noises when played with. The history of Cracklebox starts from the late-1960s, when Michel Waisvisz designed and built the very first Crackle circuit together with Geert Hamelberg. Today STEIM center still builds
the Crackle boxes. Cracklebox Band is a group of composers and sound artists who gather together to perform with Crackleboxes. At ASF the Cracklebox musicians are Juhani Liimatainen, Juhani Nuorvala, Sami Klemola, Petri Kuljuntausta + guests.


15.10. Klo 19:00 - 22:00 / Akusmata

​ is the solo project of Artyom (M.M.), who is also the founder of the ZHELEZOBETON label releasing experimental and post-industrial music, and the member of some other projects, such as HATTIFNATTER, GOVORIT RADIO KOSMOS, LUNAR ABYSS, etc... Formed in 2002, KRYPTOGEN RUNDFUNK has released a couple of solo albums, several collaboration works with other Russian experimental projects and many tracks on various compilations of experimental music, both Russian and international. The sound of the project is usually based on analogue electronics, radio noises and various found sounds, all interwoven into a psychedelic flow of dense electronic layers, often exploring the extreme areas of the sonic spectrum. The purpose of these experiments is to switch off the rational perception of a listener and to immerse
him in a direct experience of the abstract sound.

NEZNAMO​ was started by Dmitry N. Shilov in late 1995 as UNKNOWN, exploring of human experience and existence. Few versatile drone / ambient / minimalism / neoclassical works were released during 1996-2002. There was no activity from 2002 to 2006. In the second half of 2006 the project has continued its explorations under new name: NEZNAMO. Mystical drones and rustles created by traditional instruments, resonant devices, voice, stones, wood and sand with a touch of natural field recordings.

UHUSHUHU​ is one of the manifestations of the creative collaboration of Utrovortu. It’s a drone-noise experimental electronic project characterized by multi-layered rich sound, combining electronic noises, drone loops, synthesizer rumble, guitar modulations as well as distorted natural and industrial sounds. The band members vary from 1 to 6 people. Performances are based on improvisation and are accompanied by visual projections generated directly from the sound signal by the algorithm designed by VJ BAHOG, one of the project members..
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