Info about Participants
Asbjorn Blokkum Flo
Sanne Krogh Groth
Not a mind
Danil Akimov (Russia)
Danil Akimov is a sound artist and curator. Active in the field of interdisciplinary contemporary arts, in his projects he brings together sound and video, installation and performance. Since 1997 has cooperated with the art-group Membrana. The main idea behind is an exploration of primitive extremities of pseudo-scientific/conceptual approach to artistic production. He presented a number of sound productions in group audio collections and anthologies, participated in international festivals of contemporary art, and experimental electronic music. Since 2003 has been one of the founders of the project ArtEgo, which has initiated about 30 local cultural events in the field of entertainment: thematic dance/fashion parties, rare cinema club, performances of sound artists. Since 2004 has been research officer at the Kaliningrad Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, curates the programs which deal with experimental music.
Armantas Gečiauskas a.k.a Arma (Lithuania)
Is the most active promoter and concert organizer for experimental / avant-garde / noise music in Lithuania. More than 20 concerts each year. He also does annual festival “Speigas” (eng. Frost) each February for noise, post-industrial music. Moreover he tries to connect the strong chain of promoters, organizers over Baltic states, so to make this region more attractive to worldwide artists and audience.
His solo project “Bruzgynai” established in 2007 works in a field of drone / noise music. It’s mostly live” project, doing unique performances using physical body, vintage electronics and field recordings. Bruzgynai means "bush", so it reflects the feeling of crossing the bush - extreme, hard and challenging. Bruzgynai connects noise forms with after-noise calmness. In 2011 he did two successful tours over Germany, Poland and Russia and he looks forward.
Asbjørn Blokkum Flø (Norway)
Asbjørn Blokkum Flø grew up on the island Harøya on the northwest coast of Norway. He began taking piano lessons as a child and continued with music studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music where he completed studies in composition in 1999 and a diploma Program in composition in 2006. In parallel with the music studies, he studied techniques of electronic music and sound on his own.
Flø has created a number of art installations, both alone and in collaboration with others, and has developed a natural and intuitive relationship to the balance between technology and thinking. The installation The Leap won first prize in the competition Virtual reality and traditional artistic expressions in 1998, he was composer in residence at NOTAM in 2000-2001, and was a visiting composer in the studio for electronic music at the Technische Universität Berlin in 2001-2002.
Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance composer and sound artist in Oslo, working with instrumental music, electronic music and sound art for radio and installations. Flø's work has been performed at numerous festivals, including DEAF (Dutch Electronic Arts festival), Synthése (International Festival of electronic music and sonic art - Bourges), the Ultima Festival and the Ibsen Festival in Oslo as well as having represented Norway in Ars Acustica twice.
Flø has also worked with improvisational music among other things along with Maja Ratkje and Risto Holopainen in the band (x, y, z), and central to both his improvised and written music is the exploration of the sound’s timbral intrinsic value combined with the structures of sound that forms meaning. Space is also an important aspect of his music, with significance either as a virtual space such as in the installation The Leap, or relocation of the room's acoustic characteristics and meaning as in Norway Remixed. Through this spatialization of sound his works assume a tactile, physical nature.
Flø has written music in all the traditional formats (chamber music, etc.), but the main focus has been electronic music, sound installations, non-linear time and spatial aspects. In recent years, however, the conceptual focus has shifted towards an interest in the structures of sound that generates meaning, and an interest in acoustic sound and instrumental music has been renewed. This is not, however, acoustic sound and instrumental music in the usual sense, but a form of sound art where electronic music's structural and timbral possibilities are examined in an acoustic context
Sanne Krogh Groth (Denmark)
Sanne Krogh Groth holds a Ph.D. from Musicology, University of Copenhagen (2010). Her dissertation is a historical study on the Swedish electro acoustic music studio EMS during the 1960s and 1970s. Groth is MA in Musicology and Theatre studies (2003) with the thesis Sound Art – an art form in pictures and sound. She has worked freelance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Roskilde, DK) 2001-2006, at the independent music-/theatre production company Holland House (Cph., DK) 2000-2006, as well as part-time lecturing at the Department of Musicology (Cph., DK) 2002-2006. Since Sep/2011 Groth is employed as Assistant Professor at Performance Design, Roskilde University, where she conducts research under the title Sound scenography: Auditory expressions of cultural events. She is also the editor of Seismograf/DMT (seismograf.org) – an online magazine concerning Sound art and Contemporary music.
Sergey Ivanov a.k.a Kratong (Russia)
Musician, sound engineer. Co-founder of such music projects as Romowe Rikoito and Kratong. As a musician took part in numerous festivals, including Wave Gothic Treffen (Germany), Wroclaw Industrial (Poland), Menuo Juodaragis (Lithuania), etc. As a sound engineer worked with Romowe Rikoito, Kratong, Neutral, IP Neva, Sunset Wings, Bigoudi and other international and local music projects. His area of interests includes everything that lies in-between dark folk and experimental electronics. The musician’s research is focused on the transmutation of natural sounds (field-recording) and contemporary industrial music into new alchemic forms and distillation units. His musical credo is: a musician is an alchemist who manipulates with different forms of human existence.
Petri Kuljuntausta (Finland)
Composer, performer and sound artist. He is famous for music composed of sounds both natural and extraordinary. In close collaboration with natural scientists.In many ways Kuljuntausta's art is based on good knowledge of tradition; environmental sounds, live-electronics, improvisation and collaborations with media artists has influenced him as a composer.
Kuljuntausta has composed digital music for experimental films, visual art and dance projects, and made media and sound installations in museums, galleries and concert halls. His works has been performed in many European countries, Australia and the USA, and he has made recordings for various labels in Australia, England, Finland, France, Germany and the USA.
Kuljuntausta has collaborated with the experimental film director Sami van Ingen, urban architecture group Ocean-North, composers Morton Subotnick and Atau Tanaka, sound artist Richard Lerman and musician/philosopher David Rothenberg.
He is the author of an 800 page History of Finnish Electronic Music, On/Off, and in 2006 he published his second book, Äänen eXtreme ('eXtreme Sound'), on his own approach to music. In 2005 he won an award, The Finnish State Prize for Art, from the Finnish government as a distinguished national artist.
‘I am not working in any institution, but I have good contacts to all organizations and associations working in the field of Sound Art and Electronic music in Finland. I am the founder of Charm of Sound association (in Finnish: Äänen Lumo) and Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology.
Charm of sound is the only association in Finland that concentrates only on creating activities in the field of Electronic music and sound art. It arranges concerts regularly and in 2010 was also arranged the latest festival of the association.
I am also active in MUU association, it is an association for media art, video art, sound art, and performance art. During last 1,5 years we have released a CD serie on sound art / electronic music entitled 'MUU For Ears', containing 7 x CD in total. The 7th was just released and the 8th CD will be released in May 2011.
I am one of the organizers behind the La-bas Biennale 2010 festival, a festival for performance art and sound art that was arranged first time last year. I also teach at MediaLab of The Aalto University School of Art and Design, and Theatre Academy (Sound&Light Design Department), I give usually 1-2 workshops in these universities each year.
One of the large scale writing projects that I recently did, was my PhD thesis and book release 'First Wave. A Microhistory of Early Finnish Electronic Music'. It is about the Finnish electronic music & sound art from the 1950's to 1963’. Petri Kuljuntausta
Mats Lindström (Sweden)
Works as a composer and a musician, often with strains of live-electronics. He often works with intermedia, scenic elements and visual arts as a complement to the music, and has worked both with music for theatre, radio, dance and sound installations. He has been working internationally and regularly teaches and gives lectures on sound art. Since 2004 he is the artistic director of the electronic music studio EMS in Stockholm.
MIG for video and live electronics is a stupid rest of a project composed for the Klimov Museum of Aviation Engines in Saint-Petersburg. It is the meeting point of the very original futuristic aesthetic and possibly an ironic glimpse towards a commercial world where most people never ever look.
One was originally commissioned by Moderna Museet in Stockholm and premiered as One (for David Tudor) at an international symposium on the Art of Robert Rauchenberg in 2007. One is not an attempt to achieve a reconstruction of Tudor’s legendary Fluorescent Sound performed on the Museum's existing fluorescent light banks in 1964. One is essentially a recycling of some of David Tudor’s most distinctive features as a composer; the technical level of ambition, the methodology and the aesthetic attitude. The fluorescent lights that were used at the premiere of One were the ones retrieved from the abandoned computer room at EMS, which was once the home of one of the most powerful computers of the musical world. In a way, One also recycles some archaeological artefacts from the heyday of computer music as well as reviving working methods that were never given a chance to develop in all the technological frenzy of progress. One is at the same time an open proposal, free from historic weight, and an explicit point of reference for movement.
Maksims Shentelevs a.k.a. my-ym (Latvia)
Maksims Shentelevs – architect, phonographer and sound artist based in Riga, Latvia. Since 1998 participates in architectural / soundart / interdisciplinary art events / workshops throughout Europe. Has published sound works in compilations on such labels as SIRR (PT), Gruenrecorder (DE), Universinternational (FR). Active in field recording since 2002. Focusing on sound gathering as non intervention policy for observation of structural models in nature. Usually field studies such as field-mix, soundscape mapping, sound-gathering become basic material for following work in studio. In his field research mainly interested in biotopes referring habitats of insects and small creatures, self-referent and macro scale structures. Recently involves self-made acoustic and electro acoustic instruments and objects as tools for mutual discourse with nature. In 2007 initiated sound improvisation collective ”bernu rits” – “children morning” (www.bernurits.com). In 2008 based self-run label “molmika”. In collaboration with Patrick mcGinley and John Grzinich organizes and runs site specific /revenant workshops throughout Europe.
Nikolay Smirnov a.k.a. Nikodim (Russia)
Graduated from the Faculty of Psychology of the Leningrad State University majoring in psychotherapy. In 1979-1985 lived in an abandoned village in the Pskov region. In 1986 moved to Kaliningrad with his family. His current occupation and interests are verse and music. His set of mind was defined by zen buddhism. Works in the style of minimalism. According to the musician, “his way of life is living in remote places in the countryside. In my creative activities I do not adhere to any specific frameworks. Verse is transitory and fastidious, and sound only needs the quality and energy capable of resonating with the author”.
According to the 65th hexagram “Yi Ching” Nikodimma is:
“An old recluse with his loft empty,
Urinating against the wind talking to gulls”
Dmitry Demidov a.k.a. Not a mind (Russia)
Dmitry Demidov, a native of Kaliningrad and the Outer Space, started in the 80s as a multi-instrumentalist, a professional who masters keyboards, violin, guitar and saxophone. Organized several alternative groups, such as The Three Pigs, Deaf Beethoven and Los Chikatilos. Has recently reverted to experimental electronics. Currently known as one of the most prominent makers of d.i.y-synthesizers in the region, and an outstanding multimedia artist.
Andrey Kolomytcev a.k.a. StirliTZ (Russia)
Works mostly with structured noises, trash ambient, dust ambient, industrial. Since 1992 has appeared many times on alternative labels in USA, France, Russia and Belgium. StirliTZ uses various equipment in his performances, among them are analogue keys, Termenvox, air filter, piezo clamp sensors. Among other musicians he has cooperated with Sachsische Improvisation Ensemble and singer Agnes Ponizil.
Andrey Gladkov a.k.a. Tufraniuh (Russia)
Composer, musician and sound designer. In 1996 have finished Kaliningrad Music College on a speciality the sound producer. Worked as the sound producer in studios: D.G.Sound, Brudenia Records and The Russian Navy Baltic Chorus and Dance Ensemble (Red Army Choir). Also acted as musician at concerts and records in groups: Double Substance (1992-1995), Los Chikatilos (1996-2001), Mind Mutations (2001-2002), Tufraniuh (2005-2010), Tractum (TriHorn Productions, 2010). He is constant participant of art projects: Sound Art Lab and Koenig Semiconductors, organized the Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA). Since 2005, AG working as the composer in TriHorn Productions and has written music to a plenty computer games, which list you can look at studio site.
Lukasz Szalankiewicz a.k.a. ZENIAL (Poland)
Historian, curator, sound designer and electronic music artist, member of the Polish Society for Electroacustic Music (PSeME). His practice extends to research audiovisuals performance and interactive installations. Currently lives and works in Krakow.
Performed at many Polish festivals including Audio Art Festival and Unsound Festival in Krakow, Wro Festival in Wroclaw and Moving Closer Festival in Warsaw, as well as in major Polish art centers including Kordegarda Gallery and The Contemporary Art Centre Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw, Contemporary Art Gallery Arsenal in Bialystok, Contemporary Art Gallery in Wroclaw and Contemporary Art Center in Torun.
Participated in many international festivals, e.g. in Austria, Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, Holland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, France, China, Hungary, Belarus, Romania, Lithuania, Israel, Kazakhstan, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Luxemburg.