Sharing is Caring, Part II
I came across SoundShare Nights first as a frequent visitor of the Temporary project space in Kallio, where the nights took place. Shortly after I realised that I could attend it as a Helsinki Art Academy student and signed up to it through the online registration system (after all, extra credits, extra motivation).
My interest in sound started actually from another SAMA course by Alejandro Olarte - Introduction to Audio in Sound Art (for visual artists) that I participated in last year. Besides a group sound performance some years ago, I had no link to the audio field as I had been using random music for my videos, never really playing enough with the possibilities of sound making. Also, I have never studied music or played any instruments. Even the primary school choir did not accept me and ever since I have been considering myself untalented musically, therefore excluding myself from the sound world.
Introduction to Audio in Sound Art gave me a good insight into the world of digital and analogue sound as well as all the recording and playback devices. As one of the exercises we had to keep a sound diary, which really managed to alter my perception of sound and made me record notes regularly just like I had been taking snapshots for years for my visual work. It was the first time I realised that a work of art, such as a video, could also start from just having a sound or an idea in sound.
SoundShare Nights gave me even more confidence to experiment with sounds and open my perception up to new ways of creative thinking. I could also test my own ideas of sound and image making in the welcoming environment we always had during SoundShare nights and see instantly how the group responded and reflected back. My absolute personal favourite discovery was graphic scoring. We had two sessions of it during which we collectively performed graphic scores and got to design our own scores and lead the whole group to perform them. It was packed with fun moments, creative splashes, brainstorming and discovering the inner child, free of the overt control.
The format of the nights was really cosy, we always had some snacks or food and also the crowd kept changing, which brought new insights into the conversations we had and the experiments we collectively agreed to take on. The leader of those nights always had some proposals of an action plan in case no one else wanted to test their proposals. Often the nights included a verbal as well as a musical exchange of ideas. Often things were figured out by testing them; if the experiment did not work, we exchanged ideas and tried again.
After those nights I also started to experiment on the piano and gained more confidence that there is no right way of making music. Sound making adds a different kind of freedom to my other visually-bound way of working. I have also tried to translate some random moments into music from the everyday, such as ice cream stick flipping that I saw some time ago. Everything has the possibility to change medium and find new ways of existence just like in the conservation of energy. I really hope these nights keep on happening!