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Apparently pifm which I tested last year only works in RasPi2 and I’m now trying to get RpiTx to stream FM trough USB audio in (I bet that for what I need it would be easier to buy a RasPi2). RpiTx is very advanced but I can only get it to broadcast audio files over fm (here is a simple tutorial). Unfortunately I can’t get it to stream live audio trough my USB audio interface. Following rpitx-app-note‘s I learned about:

arecord -c1 -r48000 -D plughw:CARD=Device,DEV=0 -fS16_LE - | csdr convert_i16_f | csdr dsb_fc | csdr bandpass_fir_fft_cc 0 0.1 0.01 | csdr gain_ff 2.0 | csdr shift_addition_cc 0.2 | sudo rpitx -i- -m IQFLOAT -f 100000

But it is dependent on libcsdr, which I can’t get to compile on RasPi3 because “If you compile on ARM, please edit the Makefile and tailor PARAMS_NEON for your CPU.” and I have no idea on the RasPi3 PARAMS. I found some hints on what to do (but it seems that those are set for RasPi2). Trying to sort the things out by installing gnuradio and other tools as recommended in a different tutorial.

I’ll make yet another clean install of Raspbian and continue in the evening with PiFmRds. I’m using Etcher to write the os on the sd card, which seems to work well. I should learn how to clone the sd card.

Visited Lovi ambient event at Lava klubi and saw a good gig by Rasmus Hedlund and Paula Lehtonen. Their collaboration yelds great results. Paula designed video using material from their trip to Tasmania and Rasmus crafted a field of sounds consisting of oceanic & low jungle rumble tones. Spotted a Make Noise Photogene in use. The gig was constructed out of some 8-10 distinct soundscapes, which were supported by videos from different locations.

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Visited an exhibition after-party at the Ingredients-space over the weekend. The event was a celebration of Irina Korina’s work (On display at Alkovi) and hosted by Arttu Merimaa & Miina Hujala. Saw Paula and had a pleasant chat with Arash Moori a sound artist who is working at HIAP. We exchanged notes on the experience of playing music live and how sometimes one can get the feeling that there is something (or someone) extra inside the sound.

Today I participated “Kollab talkshop on local activism” event at M-Cult. Riikka Kuoppala & Thomas Martin presented their Maunula-movie project, Mikko Lipiäinen gave a short overview of the Transformative Pulp project (which I’m a big fan of) and Emilia Palonen talked about local democracy developments in relation to the Maunula-house.

Made videos for the upcoming performativity lecture:

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“Today’s theory demands transformation” (or something like that) cries Groys in “In the Flow”. Last week featured many transformative experiences as we hosted the “Horse and Performance” course for students of the Theater Academy Helsinki together with Pietari. The week long contemporary-horse-culture course ended in a full day of horse-animal-human-exercises, which the eight participants had planned and conducted for our group. The day was long and I lost my bearing on which inputs and ideas were provided by the horses and which were of human origin. During one set of exercises I lost track of who was an animal. Reports and photos of the course are being processed and will be publicised on the Trans-Horse blog during the following weeks. The “Theatre and Dance” magazine will also publish a small text about the course.

Paula published the “The Bat Simulator” video last week (I’m the bat). The video got me dreaming of a new leather jacket. The one on the video was found on the street and has since been broken. Timo has published “Last Worker Standing” which casts an eerie look at the concept of “New Work”. He call it an “Dyst-ironical speculative fiction machinima”. I’m inspired to make a song to accompany the video (A Deep Time Marxistic Étude). Timo’s work would go together with Paula’s recent “Harmaja +10 länsiluode 35m/s” piece presented at Hippolyte gallery.

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Playing around with “Deep time Marxism”. I explained the concept to Paula, as being 40% chitchat with Pietari and 60% of the “Dust and Exhaustion” article by Jussi Parikka, with some references to the concept of “Anthrobscene”. I made two educational videos about it. One for grooves and smoothes and the other for seduction and the weeps.

  1. The Deep Time Marxists of the Future
  2. Indoctrination to the Arts

We are preparing the “Horse and Performance” course for the Theater Academy Helsinki with Pietari. This time the course will be conducted inside a week which will push as to work even harder than last time (Here are the un-proofread notes of the course).

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Is love an emotion or our interpretation of our behaviour?

Visited “WASD” exhibition by Reija Meriläinen, Santeri Räisänen & Eetu Sihvonen at Oksasenkatu 11. They presented a chair-shaped controller which guest could use to play a dialogue driven adventure game. The chair-controller referenced fleshy interfaces recognized in Cronenberg movies. To start the adventure players had to navigate through a 3d model of the the exhibition space. The simple trick of presenting a playable virtual copy of the gallery was enough to immerse me into the the gameplay. The rest of the game took place inside a sphere shaped world. Players were invited to engage in “Dr. Sbaitso like” therapeutic discussions with NPCs. If the dialogue was fruitful they begun to follow the player but characters also tried to trick the player into resetting the game. I didn’t learn what the objective of the game was but I enjoyed it’s melancholic mood. One segment the world presented a free roaming horse’s ass, which was previously seen as a part of Meriläises work for the Such gallery (Reija’s piece for Such referenced a riding trip we made 2015).

Visited Antti Majavas exhibition opening at the Helsinki Art Museum. He had build a hull of an airplane and presented various landscapes through the plane windows. Some landscapes where actually sketches of clothing Malevich had designed for the “Victory over the Sun” opera, others where aerial images from Google Earth, views through a car window and diary like footage showing advertisement imagery. Some parts (if not all) of the installation were running from electricity provided by Mustarinda residencies powerplan. The exhibition was accompanied with texts in which Majava shared his frustration with avantgarde art. Gathering from the texts he was making an anti-(avantgarde)art statement. He had identified a cultural icon through which our perception of the globe is build: The Aeroplane Window.

Also saw “Harmaja +10 länsiluode 35m/s” by Paula Lehtonen at the Hippolyte gallery. Lehtonen had designed a wall mounted dome which was used as a projection surface. A video showed partly computer generated dystopian scenery from Helsinki. She had divided the room the work was in with a fake wall, so that she could project the video on the dome from behind. A very nifty device. The work had an audio track made by Rasmus Hedlund but the exhibition opening made hearing it impossible. I’ll have to revisit the exhibition.

I’m very frustrated with Margo Demello’s “Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies”. The book provides a decent overview of the areas of interest for human animal studies but it doesn’t approach the field critically. It reads more as a long and detailed pamphlet advocating animal rights. I’ll have to reread Jason Hribal’s “Animals are Part of the Working Class Reviewed” to purge my thoughts. We are preparing the “Horse and Performance” course for the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki which starts in a week.

Currently excited about the Novation Circuit 1.3 firmware update. Got some funky samples loaded.

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Visited the ARTSI museum in Vantaa for the COVER ART – LONG LIVE VINYL exhibition opening. The mood of the opening was nice and the audience was a positive mix of musicians who were involved with the cover art and ordinary citizens from the Vantaa suburbs. By chance I also met the insect cook Topi Kairenius. I got a copy of the exhibition book in which I wrote a short text about the Record Singers group (txt in Fi).

I browsed through the exhibition and hasted to the Suomenlinna ferry to join the Helsinki art organizations joined grand party at the HIAP residency. Met with Paula Lehtonen and Jenni Pystynen and recapped my trouble with the police at last years Mänttä Art festival. Pekka Toivonen was playing techno but I had to leave for the 22:00 ferry.