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MUU FOR EARS 7 – New Sound Art and Music from Finland and Sweden

Since 2009, Artists’ Association MUU has published a series of sound art and new music compilations under the title MUU FOR EARS. The seventh publication – MUU FOR EARS 7 – features tracks by the Finnish and Swedish artists Lau Nau, Marja-Leena Sillanpää, Tsembla and Unidentified Sound Objects.

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Laura Naukkarinen, known as Lau Nau, has enjoyed considerable recognition for her intimate and playful blend of ethnic-tinged folk songs with curious and intuitive sounds conjured from familiar and exotic sound sources. The Swedish painter Friedrich Jürgenson and electronic voice phenomena have been an inspiration for Marja-Leena Sillanpää, who creates an unreal atmosphere from beyond the tangible world. Marja Johansson began to record under the moniker Tsembla in 2008, arranging found sounds, modified samples, reeds, strings, percussions and other sound sources into intriguing compositions. Sami Pennanen is a visual artist whose background is in the 1980s graffiti community. Since 1996 he has produced music with his one-man band ‘Unidentified Sound Objects’.

The seventh issue in the MUU FOR EARS series features young sound artists whose roots are in Finland, although some of them live in Sweden and some even have a double nationality, attesting to the constant cultural flux between the two countries.

The compilation will be released at this year’s Supermarket Art Fair at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, 18–20 February.

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 the MUU Audio Autographs project featuring international sound art events, workshops, publications, artist talks and lectures, and also an online radio at www.muu.fi/sound.

Supported by: Arts Council of Finland www.taiteenkeskustoimikunta.fi
Frame www.frame-fund.fi

MUU FOR EARS 7:
1. Unidentified Sound Objects: Bassinsects (4:46)
2. Unidentified Sound Objects: AAEagle2 (2:20)
3. Unidentified Sound Objects: Nynne (2:33)
4. Marja-Leena Sillanpää: I Smile Inside (Jag ler inombords) (2:06)
5. Marja-Leena Sillanpää: We Are Not Dead (Vi är inte döda) (1:17)
6. Marja-Leena Sillanpää: I Got Contact (Jag har kontakt) (3:23)
7. Lau Nau: Johdattaja-Joleen (Guiding Jolene) (2:52)
8. Lau Nau: Mooste (1:55)
9. Lau Nau: Ruususuu (Rose Mouth) (4:16)
10. Tsembla: Nisäkkäiden kaupungit (Mammal Cities) (5:31)
11. Tsembla: Hehkuva maneetti (Glowing Jellyfish) (3:46)
12. Tsembla: Pulujen paviljonki (Pavilion of Doves) (4:43)
13. Unidentified Sound Objects: Eighteens (3:50)

Tracks 02-03: Originally released by pHinnMilk Recordings (www.phinnweb.org/phinnmilk)
Tracks 07-09: Originally released by Locust Music. (www.locustmusic.com)
Tracks 10-11: Originally released by Ikuisuus. (www.ikuisuus.net)
Track 12: Originally released by Vauva. (www.kemiallisetystavat.com/vauva)

More information / Review copies
of the CD: Artists’ Association MUU / Timo Soppela
+358-9-625 972, director@muu.fi, www.muu.fi/sound

MUU FOR EARS 7 – a limited edition of 600
Price: €15 (postage included).
Order your copy from: muugalleria@muu.fi
On sale at:MUU gallery, Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki, Finland, +358-9-625 972

CD Production by Rita Leppiniemi and Timo Soppela / Artists’ Association MUU.
Mastering by Petri Kuljuntausta.

ARTISTS AND TRACKS:

LAU NAU (LAURA NAUKKARINEN)

Since the release of her celebrated debut full length Kuutarha on Chicago’s Locust Music in 2005, Lau Nau has enjoyed considerable recognition for her intimate & playful blend of ethnic-tinged folk songs with curious & intuitive sounds conjured from familiar and exotic sound sources. Lau Nau’s albums Kuutarha (2005) and Nukkuu (2008) have made many year-end best-of lists and achieved recognition, being hailed as an “important record” (Dusted), a “tremendously powerful statement” (Brainwashed) that “begs to become many a listener’s point of fixation, source of meditation and object of adoration” (lost at sea).

Guiding Jolene is from Lau Lau’s 2005 debut album Kuutarha. The musicians on the track are Pekka Käppi and Toman Regan, while other important sound sources include a dictaphone and the bells of bicycles in a farmyard. Mooste was recorded with a Walkman in Mooste, South Estonia, at the MoKS residency. The Estonian folk song was sung by the fire by Mari Kalkun. The track was published on the 2008 album Nukkuu. Published on the same record, Ruususuu was originally composed for Daido Moriyama’s photographic exhibition in Japan.

http://www.myspace.com/launau

MARJA-LEENA SILLANPÄÄ

Marja-Leena Sillanpää, born in Finland, lives and works in Sweden. Marja-Leena Sillanpää works mainly with text. The texts can take different forms, such as books (of course), but also sound, video, performance or installations. Sillanpää has also run a publishing house called ‘Satumaa kustantamo’ since 2007. To date, she has released 16 publications through her company.

The Swedish painter Friedrich Jürgenson and electronic voice phenomena have been an inspiration for Marja-Leena Sillanpää, who creates in her works an unreal atmosphere from beyond the tangible world.

http://www.sillanpaa.se/

TSEMBLA (MARJA JOHANSSON)

Tsembla is the one-woman band of the Turku-based Swedish-born artist Marja Johansson (Finland/Sweden). Johansson started to record under the moniker in 2008, arranging found sounds, modified samples, reeds, strings, percussions and other sound sources into compositions. Tsembla’s first recording, the EP Tuplafiesta, was released in 2009 by the Tampere-based record label Vauva. Around that time, Johansson also started to perform. Besides solo performances, Tsembla has played in a trio with Niko-Matti Ahti and Topias Tiheäsalo at the Fluxee Improv Festival in Turku 2010. Tsembla’s debut album Fauna was released in February 2011 on the Ikuisuus label.

UNIDENTIFIED SOUND OBJECTS (SAMI PENNANEN)

Sami Pennanen is a Helsinki-based artist working with sound and visual media. His background is in the 1980s graffiti community. After studying art, he has returned to borrow motifs from the imagery of graffiti. Since 1996 he has produced music with his one-man band ‘Unidentified Sound Objects’. He has published several albums and has been involved in a number of projects of contemporary visual and sound art.

http://www.phinnweb.org/USO/

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 (published 8/2010) – Experimental music scenes in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. Price: 20 euro

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

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