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MUU FOR EARS 5 & 6

MUU for ears 5-6


 


MUU FOR EARS 5-6 explores the sound art and experimental music scenes in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. The CD compilation contains a wide range of material, from field recordings to heavy digital computer music, from idm to electroacoustic compositions, industrial rock music and poetry, from improvisations to remixes, melodic ambiences and live performances.

The mission of MUU is to promote the collaboration and interchange between artists working within different fields of art, such as sound and music, video, media art and performance. The publication of MUU FOR EARS is part of MUU’s Audio Autographs project featuring international sound art events, workshops, publications, artist talks and lectures, and also an online radio at http://www.muu.fi/sound


 

MUU FOR EARS 5:
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01 Sound Meccano & Evgeniy Droomoff: A Dream Of One House (Part 1) 06:23
02 Gas Of Latvia: Phenylethylamine 05:21
03 Andres Lõo: Rike 03:35
04 Taavi Tulev: 090505 04:00
05 Andres Lõo: Touché 05:19
06 audio_z: Disco Disco Mon Amour 05:03
07 Gas Of Latvia: Preses Nams / Press House 05:17
08 Lauri Dag-Tüür: Leaf 04:30
09 Taavi Tulev: Ilmaga / Being Without 03:41
10 Arturas Bumsteinas: Clare Box 04:40
11 Taavi Tulev: Milleks Ärgata? / Why Wake Up? 03:55
12 Sound Meccano & Evgeniy Droomoff: Volokno: Live In Vienna 06:46
13 Antanas Jasenka: Subway 02 05:22


 

MUU FOR EARS 6:
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01 Kaspars Groshevs: Kalnu Zinas 4 / Mountain News 4 04:28
02 John Grzinich: Discreet Signatures 05:04
03 Taavi Kerikmäe: 090609 01:50
04 Kiwa: Nebulus1button (Remix of a Patrick Kosk’s Nebula Prospekt) 06:47
05 Darius Čiuta: Um 03:48
06 Raul Keller: Me Tuleme Kaugelt / We Come From Afar 03:40
07 Antireality & Bernurits: Saulriets / Dusk 07:05
08 Astma: КОЦЕРТ НАРДИ “АИГРЕ” /Astma Aligre 04:45
09 Lina Lapelyté: Lull 01:55
10 Martins Rokis: Binary Guitar Hero 01:46
11 audio_z: Womens Tennis In Slow Motion 05:58
12 Raimundas Eimontas: Outphase N0.3 03:21

Bonus Tracks:

13 Gintas K: Varpeliai / Handbell 01:52
14 Gintas K: Grinny Memories 03:37
15 Pekka Ja Susiluoto: Tra Lal Lal Laa Laa Laa 04:15
16 Pekka Ja Susiluoto: Tyttökuoro / Girl Choir 01:41

Producers: Rita Leppiniemi and Timo Soppela /Artists’ Association MUU
Curators: Gintas K, Rita Leppiniemi ja Timo Soppela.
Mastered by Petri Kuljuntausta.

A limited edition of 600 CDs will be sold at euro 20 (postage included).
Order your copy from: muugalleria@muu.fi
On sale at: MUU gallery, Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki, Finland,


 


ARTISTS AND TRACKS

Antireality & Bernu Rits (Latvia)

Antireality is a transpersonal sound experience, where improvised sound abstractions of noise go far beyond general conventional musical forms. Bernu rits (”children morning”) is a sound impromptu collective, founded by architect and sound artist Maksims Shentelevs. Most instruments and objects employed by bernu rits are found or selfmade. The general mood of the soundscapes shifts between forest fairytale, recycled string workshop and electric motor drone.

The performance ’paMarasTaku’ was held by Antireality and Bernu rits in the art cafe Taka in Riga. The performance was dedicated to goddess Mara, one of three main deities in Latvian mythology. The excerpt Saulriets (dusk) denotes the beginning of the night, when the last folk motives of the day cycle flow as a gleam into the unshaped darkness of the night. The performance was accompanied by ethnomusicologist Elīna Štoļde joining in with her voice, a silent accordion and an arrangement of folksongs.

Astma (Russia)

The collaborative project Astma was formed by Olga Nosova and Alexei Borisov in April 2009 in Moscow. Olga Nosova is a drummer and vocalist mostly known for her work with the Moscow fusion band ‘Syncopated Silence’. Alexei Borisov is a veteran of Russian industrial/electronic/free improvisation scene.

Originally Концерт на радио ‘Алигре’ (Astma ‘Aligre’) was a part of Astma’s improvisational live set at Radio Aligre in Paris. Later this live fragment was transformed into a separate track, based on sound fragments and voices recorded in the studio of Radio Aligre. In the concert Astma used a selection of acoustic percussion, pipes, toys, microphones and pick-ups, various electronics, such as a Roland TB-303, old soviet delay Lell, a custom 8-bit synthesizer produced by Moscow electronic specialist Vtol, microcassette dictaphones etc.

audio_z (Lithuania)

audio_z, or Tautvydas Bajarkevičius, is currently taking up the position of curator at the Lithuanian National Gallery of Art. He has previously been involved in a number of projects of contemporary visual and sound art as curator and coordinator. As a sound artist, he regularly performs in various contexts and is an active practitioner of internet-based strategies of distribution. He combine these activities with different approaches to performance situations.

His music was released by the labels Cronica (Portugal), Zeromoon (United States), True Call (Germany) and Surfaces (Lithuania).

disco disco mon amour was initially created for a butoh dance performance entitled Melange, which was a collaboration between Tautvydas Bajarkevičius, butoh dancer Anna Bralkowska / TO-EN and photographer Pawel Maciak, both from Poland.

A recording of a radio interview about a women’s tennis match is used for the piece women’s tennis in slow motion. The recording becomes a source of a melodic sonic palette enriched by human voices.

Arturas Bumšteinas (Lithuania)

Arturas Bumšteinas is a composer of acoustic and electronic music. A graduate from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater, he is the founder of Quartet Twentytwentyone and the Works and Days Ensemble. He is also a visual artist whose interdisciplinary projects have been presented in more than 30 exhibitions around Europe.

Arturas Bumšteinas’s Clare Box, with Ilia Belorukov on the clarinet, was recorded in the Lithuanian Museum of Theater, Cinema and Music in 2010 using old instruments from the museum’s archives.

Darius Čiuta (Lithuania)

Darius Čiuta’s track uM is a fragment from a track named ‘E-map’ (52:11min).

Raimundas Eimontas (Lithuania)

Raimundas Eimontas studied choral directing, piano and composition at the Kaunas Juozas Gruodis Conservatory and the carillon privately with the first Lithuanian carillonneur, Viktoras Kuprevicius. He works with the experimental music group N!N!N! as pianist, carillonneur and composer, performing in many international festivals in Lithuania and abroad.

Outphase No.3. is from the unreleased album Outphases, a follower of the album Chimes Changes (SiRa001, 2006), recorded in Holland with Dutch carillons and electronics.

Taavi Kerikmäe (Estonia)

After Taavi Kerikmäe graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied classical piano, he went on to study contemporary music at Conservatoire National Supérieure de Lyon. He works currently also as a teacher of experimental music and improvisation in the Estonian Academy of Music. He is the curator of the free improvisation music festival Improtest. In concerts Kerikmäe performs on the piano, theremin, various keyboards, various live electronics and custom-made electronic instruments.

090609 is from Taavi Kerikmäe’s live concert in the Les Voutes club in Paris. It is an improvisation with theremin and live electronics.

Gas of Latvia (Latvia)

The first thing that many people associate with the Latvian experimental electronic music scene is undoubtedly Gas of Latvia, or Andris Indans, who in his 20 years of musical activity has never stopped to change and surprise. His creative roots can be traced to industrial rock music, but in his repertory from the last 10 years we can hear almost all the history of experimental electronic music of that period. Since 1996 he has released more than 10 albums under the name Gas of Latvia. From 2005 Andris Indans has cooperated closely with the famous Latvian video artist Katrina Neiburga and with multiartist Oskars Poikans. Now Gas of Latvia perform as a trio.

The track phenylethylamine takes its name from a natural monoamine alkaloid, which is a trace amine and psychoactive drug with stimulant effects. In the mammalian central nervous system, phenethylamine is believed to function as a neuromodulator or neurotransmitter. It is biosynthesised from the amino
acid phenylalanine by enzymatic decarboxylation. Besides mammals, phenethylamine is found in many other organisms and foods such as chocolate, especially after microbial fermentation. // preses nams / press house is a song about the beginning and end of the symbol of an era, the Riga Press House. Written for the monumental light & sound installation ‘Press House’ (2009) by Katrina Neiburga and Andris Indans.

John Grzinich (Estonia)

John Grzinich’s poetics and aesthetics are derived from the inspirational sources of experimental music and the psycho-acoustics of natural and architectural space, whether through found phenomena or intervention. His compositions have been published on a number of CDs on such labels as SIRR (PT), Staalplaat (NL), Edition Sonoro (UK), CUT (CH), CMR (NZ), erewhon (BE), Intransitive Recordings (US), Orogenetics (US), Elevator Bath (US), Pale-Disc (JP) and Mystery Sea (BE).

Discreet Signatures is composed of field recordings made in Estonia and Texas during the spring and summer of 2010. Some of the recordings were treated with feedback processes, resulting in a growing layer of focused frequencies.

Kaspars Groshevs (Latvia)

Kaspars Groshevs mostly works with drawings, video and sound. In his installations he explores the obscurity of memory and its links to the visual aspects of sound. In his recent sound performances Groshevs uses simple basic materials such as the human body, pure tones and simple sound effects which often refer to early electronic music.

Kalnu ziņas 4 / Mountain news 4 is recorded live without any overdubbing. It was made by experimenting with delay and the idea that repetition was originally connected with echo. Groshevs wanted to go back a few steps and reinvent rhythmical structures, subject music making to chance.

Gintas K (Lithuania)

Gintas K (Gintas Kraptavicius) explores the aesthetics of experimental digital music: from overloaded massive structures, grained textures to melodic ambiences and field recordings. He has released several albums and participated in various international festivals of new media and sound art. His work has been released on the Cronica, Zeromoon, Con-v, m/OAR and other record labels.

Varpeliai / Handbell and Grinny Memories are made using a PC, midi keyboard, Bidule software + a bunch of vst plug-ins. The tracks are constructed out of
innuendos, banalities, crackles, micro sound, sound granules, softness, small melodies and memories.

Antanas Jasenka (Lithuania)

Antanas Jasenka explores different areas of music, from acoustic music to theatre and movie music to advanced experimental, conceptual art and electronic music. His first electronic pieces, composed between 1992-1998, were recorded on very simple equipment. Antanas Jasenka uses cut-off, tape mix and collage techniques together with digitally self-generated tones to create wonderful and imaginary soundscapes.

Subway 02 was created in 2007 after a live performance in the Marquise Dance Hall in Brooklyn, New York, where Jasenka recorded sounds of the New York subway. These recordings were later published on the album ‘Giip’.

Raul Keller (Estonia)

Raul Keller’s recent works are commissioned site-specific sound installations, radio art as improvisation and performance. He also performs as Paul Cole, a fictional American rock artist with a backing band called The Great Outdoors.

The equipment used in Me tuleme kaugelt (We Come from Afar) is a reed organ (harmonium), recorded with a reel-to-reel tape machine. The recording was then manipulated in a feedback process using a mixer and filtered through a tube tape delay unit onto another reel-to-reel tape recorder.

Kiwa (Estonia)

Kiwa (also KIWA, ki´wa, Kiwanoid) is a conceptual artist-persona, a multi-channel meta-artist, blending the meaning of authorship on different levels. Kiwa started experimenting with sound in the late 80s, was involved in some of the fastest punk bands in the 90s, and moved to electronic sound around 2000. Besides the hyper-optimistic robo-punk moniker Kiwanoid, he also plays improvisational solo lives that stream from idealistic glitchy soundscapes to psycho-noise.

Nebulus1button was a working process to remix Patrick Kosk´s synthesizer piece ‘Nebula Prospekt’ (1984). Then the working file disappeared and only this accidental recording remained. Four short samples were sequenced, and everything was controlled using only one button at a time (some of them controlling two parameters). No postproduction was made. The purpose of this work was to destroy reality.

Lina Lapelytė (Lithuania)

Lina Lapelytė’s work encompasses live performances, sound installations and scores for dance, theatre and film. An academically trained violinist, Lina Lapelytė has been making electronic/electroacoustic music since 2005. In the last couple of years she has been actively involved in the improvised music scene in London, using violin, electronics and environmental sound recordings. Lina Lapelytè is a composer and performer at the laptop quartet Twentytwentyone, an ensemble devoted to performing graphical notation scores.

Lull is a study of lulling and also a deconstruction of a Lithuanian lullaby. How can lulling carry on without its original context – words and melody? One of the origins of the word lull comes from the Dutch word lullen, which means to talk nonsense. In the 17th century the word was used in the sense of a soothing drink.

Andres Lõo (Estonia)

Andres Lõo is a contemporary artist, composer, musician, curator, actor, entrepreneur and essayist. His recent albums are ‘Skeletons on Rock’ (Laton, Austria, 2009), and the ‘DejaVoodoo’ LP with Opium Flirt (3 Pead Records, Estonia, 2010).

“The work started on a snowy night in January, 2010. I was mixing something that led me to a short list of instruments, speaking a language completely of their own. There were a maximum of five per track. During the eight-hour session a total of twelve pieces popped up. I fell asleep around 8AM, to find the still intriguing and wide-eyed lot at noon. Rike and Touché are from that session. Rike was processed in dedication to someone dear, but the title means also ‘malfunction’ in Estonian, which is not exactly essential. I believe in the narrative approach – the so-called phantom platform – rather than in conceptual blank shots.”

Martins Rokis (Latvia)

Martins Rokis works with sound in different contexts with a particular focus on the mechanisms of sound perception and interpretation, spatiality, auditory illusions and non-standard sound synthesis. Martins Rokis has been involved in various short-term projects, bands and experiments since the late 90s, he has performed as dj in many spaces, co-produced the radio show VISIONS on Radio NABA, and created different types of music under several aliases.

Binary Guitar Hero is a playful attempt to digitally mimic rock-star archetypes in the computer medium without direct cultural references or musical conventions. Zipping through time and sound buffers – that part of computer memory which temporarily holds sound files on their way to audio speakers – abstract, yet so familiar forms emerge. After all, it’s all about dynamics, not the hair.

Sound Meccano & Evgeniy Droomoff (Latvia)

A Dream of One House (part 1) Music for a video installation presented at the Staro Riga 2009 festival.

Volokno: live in Vienna is a fragment of a live performance in Vienna.
Antonina Piljugina on flute.

Pekka ja Susiluoto (Finland)

Pekka ja Susiluoto is an experimental side project established by sound and video artist Pekka Sassi and poet Saila Susiluoto. It explores the new possibilities of synchronising music, sound, poetry and poetry reading.

Saila Susiluoto studied literature in the University of Helsinki. She has published five poetry collections. Usually she mixes together such things as prose characters, plot(s) and lyrical language in her poetry. Her poems have been translated into 15 languages.

Pekka Sassi’s work consists of installations, sound pieces, short films and music. He recently made a one-man opera called Yksinäinen talo mäen päällä (The Lonely House on the Hill).

Tyttökuoro / The Girl Choir is about violence against girls.

Tra lal lal laa laa laa explores the limits of the spoken word and sound art.

Both tracks were planned, recorded, arranged and mixed in Pekka Sassi’s studio. Both poems are from Susiluoto’s new poetry collection, ‘Carmen’ (Otava, 2010).

Taavi Tulev (Estonia)

Taavi Tulev studied violin in his childhood. As a teenager he went to a black metal concert, which inspired him to start making music of his own. He did not have (enough motivated) friends to set up a band, so he had to start experimenting alone. Mostly Taavi Tulev recorded odd sounds, manipulated them with the software which came bundled with the Soundblaster sound card and then used those sounds to create compositions in the famous Estonian program called SoundClub. He has released a couple of albums, and his music has been included on several compilations.

90505 is an energetic track inspired and motivated by rum.

Ilmaga (two meanings: ‘with weather’ or ‘being without’), is a dark ambient track which tells its own story. People say it is a bog track.

Milleks ärgata? / Why Wake Up? is a lullabyish track trying to sound like the feeling when you are still in a warm bed, but do not want to wake up.

Lauri Dag-Tüür (Estonia)

Lauri Dag-Tüür is doing his Master’s degree in composition in Estonian Academy of Music. He is a self-taught guitarist, influenced by Terje Rypdal, David Torn and Riho Sibul. He has played in several bands such as Loom, Luarvik Luarvik and Melmac.

Leaf is one of Lauri Dag-Tüür’s most spontaneous pieces. It came to life in late autumn 2009 as he was gazing through his kitchen window at the last yellow leaves falling from trees. It contains some of that ‘autumn sadness’.


 

Other publications are also available:
MUU FOR EARS 1 (published 9/2009) – Finnish Sound Art. Price: 10 euro
MUU FOR EARS 2 (published 2/2010) – Nordic Sound Art. Price: 15 euro
MUU FOR EARS 3 (published 6/2010) – International Sound Art. Price: 15 euro
MUU FOR EARS 4 (published 8/2010) – Soundtracks for video artworks. Price: 15 euro
MUU FOR EARS 5-6 (julkaistu 8/2010) – Experimental music scenes in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. 20 euro
MUU FOR EARS 7 (published 2/2011) – New Sound Art and Music from Finland and Sweden

For additional information, please visit http://www.muu.fi/sound


 

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