ISEA2004 ::: PLAYING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS


Subject: ISEA2004 ::: PLAYING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
From: Petri Kuljuntausta (petriear@nic.fi)
Date: Fri Aug 20 2004 - 09:30:37 EDT


... last minute announcement...

[info text from the ISEA magazine]

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“Actually,
the Sun
is like a
giant-size sound
generator!”

PLAYING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

ISEA2004
Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki Finland
Friday August 20th, 2004
10/5 euros

Throughout history inhabitants of the northern hemisphere have reported
strange sounds heard during the most intense auroral displays - just think
of the Norwegian sagas about the song of Valkyries. These sounds have posed
a mystery for science; the crackling, sizzling, swishing, rustling, humming
sounds which are difficult to liken to any other sound in nature have until
recently lacked any physical theory able to explain how they are created.

Petri Kuljuntausta’s Northern Lights concert presented in the Kiasma
Theatre (20:00, Friday 20 August) is a vivid collaboration between art and
science, recycling the original field recordings of the phenomena as well
as processing aurora borealis sounds. A continuous dialogue between
nature’s own soundscapes and their digitally altered, urban noise-art
substitutes will be created on stage.

The collaboration between the composer Petri Kuljuntausta, a key figure in
Finnish electronic music, and scientist Unto K. Laine began in 2001. Unto
Laine (Helsinki University of Technology) was working on a research project
which aimed to record aurora borealis sounds for the first time when the
fascinated sound artist Kuljuntausta contacted him with an extraordinary
idea about creating a composition based on these sounds from space.
Together they claim to have discovered perhaps the biggest instrument of
our planet.

Petri Kuljuntausta describes the sounds of aurora borealis as already being
electronic music: “Electronic music is based on electrons, and the same
electrons are the reason for the Aurora sounds too. Actually, the Sun is
like a giant-size sound generator!”, he says, preparing the ISEA2004 crowd
for a hypnotic and breathtaking experience.

For live sound manipulation Kuljuntausta will use only real-time digital
sound processors. The video director Sami van Ingen will complete the
experience by creating a visual element, infusing disturbances on the
aurora video clips recorded by Unto K. Laine using filters and analogue
video feedback.

MARIA CANDIA



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