Avanto - Helsinki Media Art Festival 2001. 6-11.11.2001

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Information Explosion


Built in 1962, the studio of the Department of Musicology in the University of Helsinki has had a leading role in the history of Finnish electronic music. Erkki Kurenniemi designed and constructed his instruments there, and many of the other early electronic compositions were also made in the studio. Today it is the oldest electronic music studio still in active use in Scandinavia.

This concert will celebrate the studio’s 40th anniversary by presenting both live and recorded compositions created in the studio from the 1960’s onwards. The featured pioneering composers include the likes of Jukka Ruohomäki, Erkki Kurenniemi, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, and Kai Lassfolk. Erkki Salmenhaara’s work is represented by Information Explosion, composed for the 1967 World Expo in Montreal.

For good measure, we can also sample some baffling “post-information explosion era” material from a select group of contemporary artists. Pauli Laine plays some of his early 1990’s computer music. Tommi Keränen presents a retrospective tape collage accompanied with live electronics. Jaakko Prättälä and Henri Penttinen perform electronic manipulations of sounds of bottles wired with microphones. The on-screen feature is Laura Lounila’s new film, Flirt, with a soundtrack designed by the studio’s own Mikko Ojanen.

Friday 22.11.2002 - Kiasma Theatre
14:00 - Information Explosion

Helsingin yliopiston musiikkitieteen laitos (University of Helsinki Dept. of Musicology)