Discrete Continuity

16 Jul 2014 15.41

The latest set from Uunolan Ukotus now on Archive.org

The live process I’ve build for many years is slowly taking the shape I’ve dreamt it to be. The phase now is to move the control elements from the computer to an external device. This is achieved with iPad and the wonderful infinitely customizable Lemur application. This in turn takes the live performance where it was before: in the music and sound creation.

The system still lacks the fluidity and elements to make it a seamless experience, but I feel more and more confident that this can actually work. I’ve had doubts many times, but the clouds are shifting.

It’s rather interesting that I cannot in any way foresee the frequencies that the system picks up, so I have to be acutely aware of what’s happening at the moment. It’s exhilarating that I’m not in total control and can only guide the process and progression to certain direction. On the other hand the music doesn’t have progression if I don’t do anything. Balancing myself somewhere in between makes me a listener and the creator at the same time. The system doesn’t let me go, and on the other hand it does if I do too.

Ambient Music Conference

30 Jun 2014 18.39

The world’s first Ambient Music Conference (with the support from AMBIcon) was recently held nearby at the Finnish Nature Centre in the forest surrounding the capital.

I was honored to be a performer in Dark Ambient Friday, a concert preceding the conference.

The 30 minute set on Archive.org

Excerpt of the set on Soundcloud

The Initiation

29 Apr 2014 08.04

At the wheelhouse of a cosmogonical glider the navigator slowly moves about. There’s no reason for haste; the time itself bends around the craft, which rests on the emptiness of space. The curvature is present and coincidentally emanates an odd feeling of modesty, as if not wishing to disturb.

The helm intentively flickers in unison with the navigator’s thoughts. The electro-resonant link is in a biological feedback loop with the perception system. The balance seeking process takes a relatively short while. The undulations mellow like the aftershock on a star in the hands of a flare eruption. After the first impact of the waves of a planetary amplitude the energy is trapped in a sphere made of unbroken magnetic field lines.

With the supra conducting steering and sensing system in place, the travel can begin.

Melancholy Paradox is well on its way. Most of the tracks are ready and some need a bit more work. I’ll also record a couple of acoustic instruments – the album already presents a multitude of real acoustics.

The final recordings happen early next year, after which the tracks go through a final mix before the release. I dare to say the album is going to be something extraordinary.

I’ve implemented a couple of new techniques in the live process. The timing of the sound triggers is now more flexible, and follows the spectral content of the source material. The individual spectral band related triggers can be adjusted separately, and the end result is livelier than before. I’ve ended utilizing a central timing mechanism based on fixed fractions rather than free oscillation. This gives the resulting music a nice fundamental structure. The base sync is usually a few beats per minute.

I’ve recorded a small demo of the system. In the demo a thunderstorm recording is transformed into music. In this example the higher frequencies produce shorter envelopes for the synthesizers in use. Enjoy a spectralization of a thunderstorm. The process happens in real time, so it never quite repeats itself, even though the storm recording would be played in loop.

The other technique of which I’ve been really fascinated is about stopping the playback of a sound to a standstill. This has been enabled by modified extreme time stretching algorithms provided by Jean-Francois Charles. Typically in a live performance I’m playing the source material between 1/100 – 1/1000 speed, and the music and other elements follow the slowly changing spectral content analyzed from the material.

I recently performed live at a library main room in Helsinki. The recording of the spectral ambient set is now available.

The compilation album Survival International Vol.2 was released by Survival International and Random Records. The album includes a track Eastern Glitch by Master Margherita, which employs various remixed sarana material.

“The Psychedelic Ambient, Dowmtempo & Dub compilation Survival International Vol.2 part of our benefit project with top world artists donating their music like: Igloop, Specialmind , Kalumet , Khooman , Aedem Feat. Aurora WindDancer, Oikeusjyvä, Agni & Ancient Core, Master Margherita & Sarana, Senzar, Semtex Yoyo, and Kryptozoolog.Compiled by Dark El Kante, Mastering by Mariano Sinestesia and Artwork by Ivan Juric, to support with all the profits the N.G.O. Survival International: http://www.survivalinternational.org/ . Release date: 20th March 2013. You can find it here:http://randomrecords.bandcamp.com/

Survival International Vol.2

5th part for the Sounds of Calligraphy series has been published. The original images were provided by Vuokko Koho. Uncials on Canal Grande comprises of two calligraphy works, which transform to one another in a video. The work was presented as the opening for a workshop held in Venice in March 2013.

Live video matrix is analyzed and sound waves and processing properties are derived from the image information. The pitches are based on color channel luminosity: they control the frequency and the matrix is read in three parallel processes. The resulting sound is fed into an image controlled 16×3 channel filter with image controlled cut off, resonance and panorama.

Gravity

28 Nov 2012 21.42

Gravity is a major psychophysical driver in the human mind.

Flying in dreams feels liberating, as does diving and floating in space. Getting rid of things in one’s life and easing thoughts that keep one on the ground and heavy is freeing. Repression is something to fight against. The mental antithesis of gravity has been the basis of religions and self-help literature. When the external reality equals the inner it ceases to exist, and the simplified composition focuses thinking. The balance is like a zero-g environment, when the boundaries are the easiest to cross.

Imagination and innovation is paralleled with words describing flying and freedom. In the limitless one floats and breaks boundaries – the physical constraints. Being on the move feels like being more alive: a whole part of the stream of time, like falling in a free fall.

Truth is seen as coming from above, even from the blue sky – there’s so an unsatisfied desire towards weightlessness. Air superiority means great power. We don’t have a weight except in relation to something else, so in essence we are weightless. It’s something that is longed for, and maybe lost even.

What if the Earth is dropped from the equation and we wouldn’t feel its gravity anymore consciously and subconsciously? When everything else besides the humans is removed, the only gravity that remains comes from the mass of bodies. The force that now is meaningless becomes the most meaningful.

Funny phenomena begin to occur. The heavies individuals form human systems around them, and around someones moon systems are formed. We wouldn’t keep things with us, because they would grind many to dust like the rings of Saturn.

But still no-one would be the center point like the Solar System’s center of  gravity is not always in the Sun. The Sun and planets revolve around a common point. The force would be transpersonal and non-subjective, and it would mold our thinking the same way as we know think about the birds in the sky – only now we would live it.

When the force of gravity of our bodies is dropped from the equation, we wouldn’t be attached to them at all: the molecules and basic elements would now have the largest effect. The emotions would glue us together, and in the end only electrical currents would remain – and they would form interference fields and energy resonances. The communication becomes instantaneous.

What kind of effect all of this has in our subconscious: being aware of the interactions, which are blinded by an immense mass. It’s an illusion.

What remains, if the constants of the universe are dropped, and the electromagnetic forces ceased? The final detachment, but logically towards liberation and the greatest union.

It’s comforting that the final composition is always present. It’s not something that needs to be invented. It can be imitated, but nothing needs to be constructed – although practically the means of communication are constantly being developed. It’s something to be found and discovered – each in one’s own way. It’s understood through action, and the obstacles are pruned out of the way of the laminar flow.

This is repeated in baking for example. The final state is known and understood from experimentation and observation, and there emerges a pattern and a formula, which will always have more or less the same ending if followed dutifully and without sidesteps, feeling the material at hand. The ingredients provide many permutations of harmony.

The StillStream set is now on Archive.org. It was supposed to be a three hour set but ended up being shorter because of unexpected software glitches in the music creation process.

http://archive.org/details/srn2012-11-24

The second recording is of an online session with Blu from Britain. Blu provided most of the played material, which I used in the process as input and then created new re-synthesized sounds and spectral mixes as my part of the dialogue.

http://archive.org/details/BluAndSaranaNovemberSession

I created a video documentary / music video of the Ambient² installation:

The calligraphy exhibition performance was continued with a commissioned work to realize three calligraphy pieces as music. The playlist consists of three different images, chosen because of their potential as musical compositions.

Recordings were done in real time from the Max/MSP/Jitter process, and the form of the sounds and music was decided by the composer. The process is made of 128 oscillators and filters per color channel, and the stereo panorama follows the position of the visual cues. Envelope attack and release values are modulated by the strength of the color in question, as is the volume of a single oscillator.

Great thanks to the Viiva & Viiru artists for their input and openness to the abstract.

Ambient^2 travels further

17 Sep 2012 19.30

The piece will be presented in sound seminar Resonanssi in Tampere, Finland as part of the Akusmata Sound Art concert.

Viiva-Viiru näyttely 2012 Kutsu avajaisiinThat’s the official invitation to a calligraphy exhibition in Helsinki, Finland. I’ll perform at the opening event of the exhibition with an expanded musical system, which will use the exhibited pieces as visual modulation sources.

The performance on the Dream House 24H experimental sounds radio show: http://archive.org/details/srn2012-05-05

The latest live set from Trip To Goa trance party chill out space: http://archive.org/details/srn2012-09-14

Dream House interview online

17 Aug 2012 16.30

Video interviews about the Dream House perfomances (http://silakkaradio.fi/shows/2012/dream-house-radio-24h-radio-arts-on-air/) from earlier this year (in Finnish)http://stadi.tv/ohjelma/dream-house-aani-taiteena I’m interviewed from 21:30 onwards.

The three-hour exploration into the spectral characteristics of human, nature and instrument material is now listenable and downloadable at http://archive.org/details/srn2012-07-30. The set was performed at the Ambient Source stage at 05 – 08 am.

In many ways the set is still a work in progress, and it will continue to evolve and encompass new elements.