Mieskuoro Huutajat and Petri Sirviö
The Association of Experimental Electronics
Harri Huhtamäki works as the producer of YLE Radio Atelier in
Finland which he is the founder of. He has an MA and is also known as a
theatre director. Before beginning employment at YLE, he worked as a
university lecturer. He has written and directed hundreds of radio
documentaries and features as well as radio plays. As a professional of
sound art, he has taught at various universities and institutions in,
for example, Australia, Fiji Islands, China and the USA. He has also
worked for ABC Sydney. Huhtamäki has written about radio and sound art
in various publications and is the author of the book Radion viisi tietä ("Five Roads of Radio")
(1993). He has received several special mentions and awards in Finland
and abroad, most prestigiously the Prix Futura and Nordic media prizes.
Huhtamäki has also made several multimedia installations for museums
and various DVD productions.
Pekka Lappi (born 1949) is a sound designer. He has studied classical music at the Sibelius Academy. He has worked as a sound designer for radio plays, feature programs and films and composed numerous TV tunes. He has also created various multimedia installations for museums and conducted workshops all around the world. He has received the World Prix Future First Prize and Special Commendations in Prix Europa and Prix Italy as well as several Finnish awards. He has worked since 1983 as special sound designer for YLE Radio Atelier.
Jim McKee is an American sound designer. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Oakland, California and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia. In addition to his sound design work, he has lectured at various institutes around the world, including Finnish National Broadcasting Company (YLE).
As a sound designer, composer, engineer and technical producer,
McKee works primarily with computers, samplers and tape, using concrete
sound elements and human voice to build impressionistic and abstract
sound environments. Works are generally designed in collaboration with
film producers, scriptwriters, radio producers, and performance
artists. His track record includes mixing, engineering and sound design
for national broadcast television, radio, commercials and drama as well
as research and production for interactive environments, multimedia and
DVD/CD-ROM. His film credits include Cast Away, Final Fantasy, The Secret Garden and Bram Stoker's Dracula, where his company, Earwax Productions, was part of the Academy-Award winning sound design team.
Sari Kaasinen is known as the pioneer of new Karelian folk music. She
is well remembered as the front woman of the band Värttinä and the
Kihaus folk music festival, and as an ambassador of Finnish folk music
in the wider world.
Presently she can be seen on stage both as a soloist and with her bands Sari Kaasinen & Otawa and Set´akat. Sari Kaasinen composes, arranges and performs music from children´s songs and musical plays to choir productions and Kantele tunes. She inspires, teaches and trains both children and adults in the field of folk music all around Finland.
Sari Kaasinen got her Doctor of Music degree from the Department of Folk Music at the Sibelius Academy in 2009.
Mieskuoro Huutajat and Petri Sirviö
Mieskuoro Huutajat (Men´s Choir The Shouters) is one of Finland´s internationally best known group of performers. The choir has performed in major international forums representing exceptionally varied forms of art. It has been seen on a wide range of venues from MoMa, the Munich Opera Festival, and the main stage of the Roskilde Festival to Ars Electronica, Venice Biennale and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It has also realized various crossdisciplinary productions in cooperation with, for example, Jesper Just, Carolyn Carlson, The Nits and Einstürzende Neubauten.
Mieskuoro Huutajat started up twenty years ago by creating upbeat renditions of patriotic songs. Its repertoire soon expanded via labor movement songs and children´s ditties to national anthems, quotes from international treaties, folk poetry and texts of everyday use.
The choir, which operates on a non-professional basis, rehearses in the
city of Oulu and tours abroad annually. It has around forty active
members of whom groups of various sizes can be trained according to the
needs of a given production.
Mieskuoro Huutajat has been headed from the very begging by Petri Sirviö who has also composed the choir´s entire repertoire. Sirviö dismantles the songs and the texts are often heavily trimmed. The basis can be, besides the original meaning of the text, also different human roles and mannerisms or simply what the words sound like or what the text tastes like. While Sirviö and many of the choir´s other members have their roots in choral music, their work often converges with conceptual and performance art. Besides his performances with the choir, Petri Sirviö has also presented his work in, for example, sound art productions and various installations.
Association of Experimental Electronics
The Association of Experimental Electronics (KOELSE) is a group of people interested in unusual audioelectronics. They collect old pieces of home electronics and turn them into different devices for producing sound. The group uses the devices in their concerts, installations and other activities. They also organize workshops for teaching people how to work with experimental electronics.
For KOELSE any device that operates on electric current can be used as
an electronic instrument, its potential can only be discovered by
practical experimentation. The objective of the group is to challenge
people to try out new ways of doing and to show how easily and safely
new aspects can be found to discarded electronics lying around the
KOELSE has been operating since 2002. The group´s works have been displayed at museums, galleries and festivals around Europe.