defunensemble has established themselves as one of the most important contemporary music groups in Finland. The ensemble’s vigorous mission is to systematically delve into the world of electroacoustic music. As part of the MuTeFest’20 programme defunensemble performs three pieces by MuTe students.
Musicians: Hanna Kinnunen (flute), Mikko Raasakka (clarinet), Niina Ranta (piano/keyboard), Markus Hohti (cello), Anders Pohjola (electronics).
Artistic director: Sami Klemola
Video (Platonic Solids): Valtteri Mustalahti
Cover (Jari Koho, 2020)
Found cover image as sounds.
One Note and Many Noises (Charles Quevillon, 2020)
This work is a journey into a mind trying to focus, trying to be simple but getting caught by desires of fame and desires to impress. The piece often misses the point, makes a lot of detours and changes suddenly points of view which often results in kaleidoscopic sensations. The work mimics a mind trying to concentrate, a mind that is trying to connect with its heartbeat and breath. A mind that is trying not to try wholeheartedly.
Platonic Solids (Viktor Toikkanen)
“About ten years ago I found a silly New Age book in the garbage. Platonic Solids were mentioned in the book and somehow I got so fascinated that I tattooed them on my left hand when I turned eighteen years old. Since then I have been carrying these shapes with me. Plato wrote about these solids in the dialogue Timateus c.360 B.C. in which he associated each of the four classical elements (fire, earth, wind and water) with a regular solid. On the fifth Platonic solid, the dodecahedron, Plato obscurely remarked, “…the god used [it] for arranging the constellations on the whole heaven”.” – VT
Jari Koho – Cover (2020)
Jari Koho is a sound designer who works widely with sound.
Charles Quevillon – One Note and Many Noises (2020)
Charles Quevillon is a Canadian composer/performer living in Finland. He studied six years at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and worked ten years with choreographer Tedd Robinson on 25 projects, some of which he performed as a musician/dancer in Canada’s most prestigious dance festivals. He also collaborates with Finnish visual artist Maija Tammi, with whom he co-created the exhibition Immortal’s Birthday presented in Forum Box, Helsinki last summer. Charles Quevillon is a doctorate student at Sibelius Academy in the Music Technology department. His research focuses on the symbolic use of electronic technologies in music performance.
Viktor Toikkanen – Platonic Solids (2020)
Viktor Toikkanen has been acquainted with the Helsinki electronic music scene for the past decade both as a musician and as an event organizer. Toikkanen’s own productions include conceptual electronics such as compositions formed from vibrations of plant matter. Recently Toikkanen has been extending his music production into the field of live-coding and computer-assisted composition. His approach to forming sound is close to crafting ceramics. For Viktor, sound is like clay which you shape into more complex forms. There is no beginning or end. Music is always playing. It is just about the space and time where you step in and out.
Further information: Matti Leisma
MuTeFest’20 a week of music creation with technology 24.–27.11.
MuTeFest is an annual festival of concerts and events highlighting some of the many sides of the artistic work of the Centre for Music & Technology of the Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki.