Recently, I am interested in making research in the sounds of our environment, especially its materiality. I am quite worried about the problems that the fossile economy has brought to our climate and our oceans. I will explore the subject by listening the sounds of the fossile world, oil wells, carburators, plastic objects and compare these with the sounds of its competitors, recycled materials, biomaterials, even synthetic biology and nanocellulose.
My intention is to add this sound research in the context of my sound art instrument Zorm. The instrument can use prerecorded sounds as its material.
My instruments of sound art have gained lots of publicity during the years. My Doctor of Arts project from 2011, Sormina, was a success, with performances in Europe and US. Now in 2018 I have created a new, more modern instrument, called Zorm. It has already been played in performances and musical concerts. In Novermber 2019 I will play Zorm in a poetry festival in Turku, with my poems as sound material.
Zorm uses modern technology, embedded in a box showing a hint of steampunk.
ZORM SOUNDS I
We Are Alive (2018)
In its basic form, Zorm utilizes sound synthesis. This makes it a synthesizer, but the interface brings connotations to ancient industrial machines.
ZORM SOUNDS II
Hanging on (2018)
Zorm has also been played in the context of acoustic instruments. Here I play clarinet on top of Zorm.
My first instrument from 2011, called Sormina, was part of my Doctor of Arts studies in the Aalto University.
Sormina instrument creates sound art and live video. The player controls both outputs simultaneously by turning small knobs at the tangible interface. The instrument has a wireless connection to the computer.