Invisible Places (Simon)

“Touch is the parent of our senses as all our senses rely on specialized skins.” “A place is understood through its echo” Juhani Pallasmaa As I have returned home after visiting the conference on Acoustic Ecology, Invisible Places, I can understand how Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect and keynote speaker on the conference, refers to all…

Talking about Missions (Simon)

Considering the ‘listening forum’ and the layout of our upcoming exhibition, especially in context of ‘community art’ it becomes obvious that our work with Coming Visible shall become a participatory experience. But what does it mean for musicians or audio/sound artists to move from making Art, playing or composing, to borrowing their sophisticated ears to…

Largo, poco a poco accelerando subito cacofonia? (Satu)

After walking through 2016 with all its challenges and significant, multiple transitions, I felt the need to cool down already at the very beginning of 2017. Having felt this growing, pressing need to “just be at home” and spend few days away from the “noise and information pollution” my everyday life so graciously provides for…

The presence of everything (Simon)

“Silence is not the absence of something, it is the presence of everything. […] Silence can be carried like embers from a fire. Silence can be found, and silence can find you. Silence can be lost and also recovered. But silence cannot be imagined, although most people think so. To experience the soul-swelling wonder of…

The tuning of the world (Simon)

It’s been extremely stormy tonight and the whole house was vibrating. An amazing feeling that got right through my blanket under my skin and it also gave me some uncomfortable dreams, but I also felt very much alive. IT made me think of the elements and the constant drone of sound they add to our…

The Elements of Music (Satu)

When pondering about the relations and tensions between the core elements of a musical work I got drawn to the reality of my need to perceive a bigger picture, wider understanding – the structure of a piece and the core elements of music. It seems that the elements serve most fully as a team; melody,…

To Wonder and Wander – Creative assignment #1 (Satu)

Assignment #1 Collect 5 different sounds from your community (at least 30 sec each) and combine them in a sound collage. Besides the collected sound you may add two more elements of your choice. My first assignment … is finally here! It was a good process bringing ideas and inspiration. Welcome to visit Kirkkonummi, Wohls…

And there you sing – Creative Assignment #1 (Simon)

Collect 5 different sounds from your community (at least 30 sec each) and combine them in a sound collage. Besides the collected sound you may add two more elements of your choice. Listen with headphones and close you eyes! You crawl into this dark hole and there You sing You sing of hope with no…

Memolodies (Simon)

I must admit, I am a melody person; always have been. Probably even enforced by learning melody instruments and singing from when I was very young. I think it’s a rather a contemplative and aesthetic approach to music driven by sound as a colour and a story, in other words more cognitive, compared to experiencing…

Blessing for the artist at the start of the day (Simon)

May morning be astir with the harvest of night, your mind quickening to the Eros of a new question, your eyes seduced by some unintended glimpse that cut right through the surface to a source. May this be a morning of innocent beginning, where the gift within you slips clear off the sticky web of…

Some little persistent melodies (Satu)

“Melody is powerful.  Melody played from the heart is both powerful and spiritual. Melody played from a heart that has been crushed to all things earthly and then beautifully recreated in the image of God is…divine…” – Kirk Whalum Bold melodies. That’s what I wondered this week. Bold, or lonely? And your input on that expanded…

Inspirational Quotes about Music (Satu)

 “It’s all about listening… and being ready.” – Keith Jarrett (on improvisation)   “If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practising, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is…