Wednesday, May 31, 2017

helikoosolek presents: antez & taavi suisalu LIVE

helikoosolek presents:

antez (FR)
taavi suisalu (EE)

LIVE at the tartu university museum, on saturday, june 3rd, 2017 at 7pm

NB: ALSO, please note that Antez will be giving a workshop at the same location on SUNDAY AFTERNOON, June 4th, at 2PM, exploring his collection of instruments and his 'Continuum' resonance techniques, open to anyone who attends Saturday night's concert. Everything is free entry, come and join us!

helikoosolek returns with another of its series of occasional events in tartu, featuring live performances in the amazing setting of the ruins alongside the tartu university museum on toomemägi.


more info via the facebook event here.


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Antez is a percussionist and sound sculptor who explores sound and matter by interrogating the physical perception of sound, and his relation with space and the realm. He is convinced that the capabilities of sonic experimentation with acoustic instruments are without limit. He calls his instruments devices, diverting the objects from their intended use. Antez will be presenting his ongoing performance project ‘Continuum’.

The performer’s comments about Continuum: 

“The root of this performance is the playing of the sympathetic resonance of the room structure, individually sculpted according to its architectural singularity, in which the progression of the performance remains permeable to the immediate moment, exclusively using acoustic methods of production and governed by movement which involve the full motor capabilities of the body.

My first challenge, to produce a continuous sound with a percussion instrument, evolved through an investigative exploration of the acoustic gifts of the performance space. A large drum is used as an amplifier, with various implements rubbed on the skin to activate its vibrational potential. These implements are positioned beforehand around the drum for access during my circular walk. After having personally developed this technique for eight years, I've highlighted three key elements in the interrelationship :

.The atmospheric condition of the space and its volume for its influence on the vibration propagation.
.The regularity of the ground levelling
.The specific nature of the audience and the energy which emanates from the venue.
( Energy in the etymological sense of the word "force in action".)

Today my knowledge of materials and shapes allows me to produce sound vibrations that are often compared to some particular sounds from synthesizers. However, the physical perception of my sounds have nothing in common with those issued by a loudspeaker. We are no longer in that frontal relationship as with a soundwave emitted by a membrane. The immersion phenomenon in the sound material is no longer dependent on the power of a sound system, but by the resonance of the surrounding structures.

From larger through to smaller scales, all turns around an axis.
During the performance, mine is the horizontal drum.
The focus of my rotations consciously refers to ancetral rituals used by numerous cultures and civilizations, called sinistrocentric circumambulation. 


http://www.antez.org
http://www.antez.org/continuum

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Taavi Suisalu (1982) is an Estonian artist, who works with technological art, performance and sound art, with an interest in various socio-cultural phenomena and their effect on the behaviour, senses and thinking of social beings. He has studied sociology and computer sciences at Tartu University, and in 2010 he graduated from Department of Media and Advertisement Design at Tartu Art College and received an MA in 2014 from the Department of New Media at the Estonian Academy of Arts. 

While listening to the skies, Suisalu has found the peak engineering achievement of the Cold War – abandoned satellites still in orbit. The wonky signals still emitted by these tired devices may be useless in terms of their initial purpose, but they have found an unexpected new life through the artist. Although the basic material is pre-recorded, the sounds heard at the concert will depend on which satellites will be passing above our heads at the time.

http://taavisuisalu.ee

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ALSO - Antez will be giving a workshop at the same location on SUNDAY AFTERNOON, June 4th, at 2PM, exploring his collection of instruments and his 'Continuum' resonance techniques, open to anyone who attends Saturday night's concert. Everything is free entry, come and join us!

Antez workshop
2PM-5PM
Sunday, June 4th
Tartu University Museum

"Perception & Interpretation"

A brief meeting to explore sound perception and an introduction to improvisation with sound materials in the space.

2 or 3 hours
all ages welcome
10 persons maximum

please bring pencil and paper
you may also come with musical instruments and sound objets

- The creation of an individual sound card in a public place previously selected for its acoustic ambience.
- Individual time for the exploration of instruments and sound objets.
- Exploration of sound transcription and collective action.
- Methods of transcription and study of interpretation.
- Collective experimentation.

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our venue:




Friday, August 5, 2016

helikoosolek presents: dave phillips, tommi keränen, taavi tulev and MORE

helikoosolek presents:

dave phillips (CH)
tommi keränen (FI)
taavi tulev (EE)
patrick mcginley & daniel allen (EE/UK/US)

LIVE at the tartu university museum, on tuesda,y august 23rd, 2016 at 8pm


helikoosolek returns with the first of its series of occasional events in tartu, featuring live performances in the amazing setting of the ruins alongside the tartu university museum on toomemägi.


more info via the facebook event here.


details:

dp (aka dave phillips) re/searches and ponders existences and behaviourisms humanimalistically. sound as communication in direct and primal form, a language, a tool of metaphysics, a conscience and a consciousness. opposing the omnipresent restriction and reduction of life and living. sound communications that activate primordial shared emotions otherwise hidden under the debris of civilisation. inviting rumination, encouraging intervention, endorsing catharsis. therapeutical stimulation is acknowledged. sonic activism, ritual protest music.

dp is based in zürich, switzerland and has worked solo as dave phillips/dp since 1987. he is part of schimpfluch-gruppe since 1991 (with rudolfeb.er/runzelstirn & gurgelstøck, joke lanz/sudden infant etc.), co-founded ohne in 2000 (with tom smith, daniel löwenbrück, reto mäder), started the one-man-doom-project dead peni since 2004, co-founded fear of god in 1987 and has played in numerous bands, projects and collaborations.

dp has been sonically active for 30 years, has appeared on more than 200 releases and has played near to 500 concerts in 40 countries.

the VIDEO ACTION he will perform in tartu is an actionistic and physical performance accompanied by visuals. loops and samples of voice and objects are played live over prepared sonic structures and follow a compositional narrative. the visuals communicate personal and existential matters, questions, thoughts and criticisms, on personal, social and global levels. this set is an evocation of 'humanimal', a sonic ritual, a catharsis, an audio-visual exorcism or a type of neo-shamanist healing.

http://www.davephillips.ch

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tommi keränen is a noise maker from helsinki. active since the late 1990s, he performs and records as a solo artist, and is a member of testicle hazard, large unit, köttskogen, gentle evil and the truckfuckers. He primary uses primitive electronics and non-standard digital synthesis - the resulting music is rugged slabs of vivid swirling noise. his discography consists of over two dozen entries ranging from cryptic tapes to critically acclaimed releases like the bats in the attic cd (among the wire's rewind picks in 2010). he has collaborated with many artists including florian hecker, the incapacitants, lasse marhaug and phill niblock.

http://soundcloud.com/tommi-keranen

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taavi tulev has produced and released several albums of music. he's been making field recordings in nature for many years. besides that, his main work experience is in interior and architectural design and engineering.

creating soundscapes is a symbiosis of those two different fields of work. taavi's ultimate goal is to make urban environments sound better.

http://taavitulev.bandcamp.com

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patrick mcginley (aka murmer) is an american-born sound, performance, and radio artist who has been based in europe since 1996. since then he has been building a collection of found sounds and found objects that has become the basis of all his work. in 2002 he founded framework, an organisation that produces a weekly field-recording themed radio show, broad- and podcasting around the world. in 2005 he first visited southeast estonia, and relocated there permanently in 2009. most recently mcginley has been giving presentations, workshops, and performances based on the exploration of site-specific sound, and sound as definition of space. in live performance his interest in field recording has developed into an attempt to integrate and resonate found sounds, found objects, specific spaces, and moments in time, in order to create a direct and visceral link with an audience and location.

daniel allen produces work as an experimental photographer, and latterly an experimental filmmaker. he focuses on the estonian landscape and on human interaction with it, and on estonia as a transition society. these themes are expressed through the shared boundary between abstract painting and abstract photography; through a filmic examination of abandoned soviet military buildings; through modern estonian architecture, and the country's remaining unmodernised traditional industry. he is an analogue film fan and is active in trying to bring experimental film to a wider audience through the experimental film evening, held regularly in tartu.

in 2015 mcginley and allen collected the material for their experimental documentary film about the old papermill in räpina. the material is being used in many different contexts: for the film itself, but also in exhibition, installation, and performance. for this event mcginley will improvise a live mix of field recordings from the mill, while allen will improvise a live mix of the video footage; sound and image react, coincide and conflict in an abstracted anti-representation of space.

http://www.murmerings.com

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our venue, with cinematech provided by tartu elektriteater:



Thursday, May 28, 2015

51st meeting, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

helikoosolek:tartu
with Kristjan Raba and Tõnis Kreinin
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
6-8pm
Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Tartu



Greetings folks, and long time no hear! We are back, as promised, with the first of our now occasional gatherings, on our traditional Wednesday, although not our traditional last Wednesday, but this time the first Wednesday of the month, the 3rd of June. We hope you can join us, and we look forward to planning more events in and around town, in different locations and featuring different formats (concerts, radio shows, sound walks, etc.). As always, if you have an idea for a helikoosolek activity, let's talk!

The guests for this 51st meeting of helikoosolek:tartu are closely related to our traditional home, the Estonian National Museum (ENM, or ERM Eesti keeles). We will be hosting two specialists in museum exhibition sound – Kristjan Raba and Tõnis Kreinin.

The ENM  exhibition house at J. Kuperjanovi 9 (Tartu) will soon close its doors permanently as an exhibition enviroment. In  a span of 21 years there have been numerous exhibitions presented here,  from folk culture to high art, fashion photography to soviet cuisine. An important component of many of these exhibitions has been their specially designed sound enviroments. The most noteworthy examples of these sound desingns will be featured on a CD of museum sounds, to be relased at the beginning of this summer. For our gathering, the authors of several of these sound enviroments, Kristjan Raba and Tõnis Reinin, will present this compilation. We will hear examples from several different sound enviroments and our guests will talk about their experiences with creating them.

Kristjan Raba has been running ENM's exhibition house since 2004. Before that he held the position of organizer of exhibitions. As an experienced museum worker, he is author of several exhibiton sound designs and has also made several sound installations for the museum.

Tõnis Kreinin is actively engaged in a number of areas.  Among other things he is an editor for non-profit Estonian Internet radio Coffee Radio, and is the editor and executive producer of the Schilling music festival. He has created a number of sound designs for exhibitions at ENM, the University of Tartu Museum and the Estonian History Muuseum.

helikoosolek:tartu is a regular gathering for the exploration of sound in all forms.  The meetings comprise presentations, concerts, workshops, discussions, and field trips pertaining to sound and its consideration in art, music, architecture, ecology, philosophy, social and cultural interaction, and any other context that presents itself. Participants are encouraged to propose activities or discussions on topics of their interest, or to present projects of their own for feedback.

helikoosolek:tartu is organised by Patrick McGinley and supported by Eesti Rahva Muuseum.

http://helikoosolek.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/helikoosolek
http://www.erm.ee

Saturday, February 21, 2015

50th (!) meeting, Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

helikoosolek:tartu
volume 50!
Wednesday, February 25th
6-8pm
Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Tartu


helikoosolek is 50! well, sort of...

Come help us celebrate our 50th meeting, where we will eat cake, drink coffee, reminisce about the good ol' times, and sample sounds from another jubilee: framework radio is 500! On Sunday, February 22nd framework radio (founded, produced and hosted by helikoosolek's own Patrick McGinley) airs it's 500th show.

framework, a show consecrated to field recording and it's use in composition, began broadcasting on ResonanceFM in London in June 2002, and now airs on 13 stations around the world, from Tartu to Brasilia. It's goal is to present not only the extremely diverse sound environments of our world, but also the extremely diverse work produced by the artists who choose to use these environments as their sonic materials. It hopes to ask this question: can field recording be presented as a single style or genre, or is it in fact as uncontrollable and undefinable an instrument or tool as any, that may be interpreted, manipulated, and appropriated by anyone with a microphone and an idea?

To celebrate it's 500th show, framework is publishing a 3-disc compilation of new works by artists that have been important to the program over the years, which will be available only to framework supporters. The work's publication also focuses heavily on provenance of materials, with the packaging produced from locally made recycled paper (from the Räpina Paperivabrik) and letter-pressed on the historical machines at the Tartu Trükimuuseum. What's more, as we are able to be present for the milling of the paper and the printing of the texts, recordings of these two processes will actually be included on the releases, enabling listeners to hear the production of the actual object they are holding.

This Wednesday we will sample a selection of the works to be included on the framework500 release (which will be available in about a month), the first opportunity for anyone to hear these new works.

NB: After this 50th meeting helikoosolek will be taking a small hiatus. We will continue to work with Eesti Rahva Muuseum, and to organiser events and meetings when opportunities arise, but we will no longer be holding to a monthly schedule. If you have a proposal for a helikoosolek activity for 2015, just let us know.

helikoosolek:tartu is a regular gathering for the exploration of sound in all forms. The meetings comprise presentations, concerts, workshops, discussions, and field trips pertaining to sound and its consideration in art, music, architecture, ecology, philosophy, social and cultural interaction, and any other context that presents itself. Participants are encouraged to propose activities or discussions on topics of their interest, or to present projects of their own for feedback. Sessions take place on the last Wednesday of each month, from 6-8pm at the Eesti Rahva Muuseum.

helikoosolek:tartu is organised by Patrick McGinley and supported by Eesti Rahva Muuseum.

http://helikoosolek.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/helikoosolek
http://www.erm.ee

Monday, January 12, 2015

49th meeting, Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

helikoosolek:tartu
with Madis Vasser
Wednesday, January 28th
6-8pm
Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Tartu


Welcome to helikoosolek 2015! We are back with a slightly pared down schedule for this year - next month we will be celebrating our 50th(!) edition, after which we will be switching to a more casual, occasional schedule. But more on that in the coming months.

For this month's meeting we will be exploring the topic of psychoacoustics - our psychological and physiological response to sound. Our guide will be Madis Vasser, a masters student from the psychology department at the University of Tartu and also a helikoosolek regular. In the past year Madis has been heavily involved in Psühhobuss, an organization that brings psychological science closer to everyday folk.

We will explore exactly where sound-waves meet the psyche and where the signals go from there. Different brain regions will be discussed and their functions demonstrated (noninvasively!). We can test the assumption that everyone perceives the outside world similarly - you may be surprised! We also cover some interesting sound illusions and cross-modal effects. In the end we’ll hear why studying psychoacoustics might be a worthwhile pursuit in the fields of diagnostics and language learning.

helikoosolek:tartu is a regular gathering for the exploration of sound in all forms. The meetings comprise presentations, concerts, workshops, discussions, and field trips pertaining to sound and its consideration in art, music, architecture, ecology, philosophy, social and cultural interaction, and any other context that presents itself. Participants are encouraged to propose activities or discussions on topics of their interest, or to present projects of their own for feedback. Sessions take place on the last Wednesday of each month, from 6-8pm at the Eesti Rahva Muuseum.

helikoosolek:tartu is organised by Patrick McGinley and supported by Eesti Rahva Muuseum.

http://helikoosolek.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/helikoosolek
http://www.erm.ee

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

48th meeting, Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

helikoosolek:tartu
with Pärtel Lippus
Wednesday, November 26th
6-8pm
Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Tartu



This month we take helikoosolek back into the realm of scientific research with a visit from Pärtel Lippus. Partel is a researcher of Estonian phonetics at the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics, and studied linguistics at the University of Tartu (PhD in 2011 on the Estonian quantity system).

As a phonetician Pärtel studies how linguistic information is encoded in the sound signal when we speak. He will tell us a little about how speech is generated, physiologically: how vocal cords generate the pitch and how the different sounds are made by changing the shape of the mouth. This way of describing the vocal tract is called the source-filter model and can be also used in speech synthesis. Using re-synthesis (separating the "source" and "filter" of a speech recording) he will show how we can change the meaning of a word or a sentence just by changing the duration of the sounds and the pitch movement. Of course changing pitch works only when we are speaking with a regular modal voice. Sometimes our voice can also be breathy or creaky. Creaky voice can have different meanings in different cultures, being a social marker in US English while in Estonian everybody creaks.

helikoosolek:tartu is a regular gathering for the exploration of sound in all forms. The meetings comprise presentations, concerts, workshops, discussions, and field trips pertaining to sound and its consideration in art, music, architecture, ecology, philosophy, social and cultural interaction, and any other context that presents itself. Participants are encouraged to propose activities or discussions on topics of their interest, or to present projects of their own for feedback. Sessions take place on the last Wednesday of each month, from 6-8pm at the Eesti Rahva Muuseum.

helikoosolek:tartu is organised by Patrick McGinley and supported by Eesti Rahva Muuseum and Tartu Linnavalitsus.

http://helikoosolek.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/helikoosolek
http://www.erm.ee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

47th meeting, Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

helikoosolek:tartu
Lights-Out Listening Session
Wednesday, October 29th
6-8pm
Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Tartu



This month, as autumn weather sets in and the temperature drops, we will hunker down for a bit of sonic hibernation. Our regular host Patrick McGinley curates a Lights-Out Listening Session featuring recent favorite submissions to his framework radio program, "consecrated to field recording and its use in composition."  We will listen in full to these long works, sonic compositions making use of field recordings and real-world acoustic sound captures, in our usual space, transformed from a lecture room to our own autumnal den, darkened and arranged with cushions and pillows for comfortable listening in a comfortable position. Tea will be provided!

Participants are encouraged to bring recordings that they feel may be appropriate for addition to the playlist, their own pillows for sitting or lying on the floor, and biscuits. We will darken the room as much as possible, but participants could also bring something to cover their eyes if they wish.

helikoosolek:tartu is a regular gathering for the exploration of sound in all forms.  The meetings comprise presentations, concerts, workshops, discussions, and field trips pertaining to sound and its consideration in art, music, architecture, ecology, philosophy, social and cultural interaction, and any other context that presents itself. Participants are encouraged to propose activities or discussions on topics of their interest, or to present projects of their own for feedback.  Sessions take place on the last Wednesday of each month, from 6-8pm at the Eesti Rahva Muuseum.

helikoosolek:tartu is organised by Patrick McGinley and supported by Eesti Rahva Muuseum and Tartu Linnavalitsus.

http://helikoosolek.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/helikoosolek
http://www.erm.ee