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We are working to get a modular synthesiser system for public use at the new Center Library Ode. The idea that the library should have a modular came about in an easygoing chat with Mikko. After the talk I wrote an email to the Ode staff and for the past four months I’ve worked with musicians and serious hobbyist in an effort to design a modular system which would suit needs of library audiences (the sound requirements of professionals, artists and hobbyist). The library was excited about our first draft and asked for a more developed proposal. Last night our working group made plans for a complex system and we will present this idea for the library next month. If everything goes as planned there will be synths to borrow too!

Successfully build a Kastle 1.5 and a dip switch controllable splitter/mixer of my own design.

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Accidents happen. I met Mikko in a cafeteria a while back we ended up talking about a public modular synthesizer system which was made publicly available by the Lawrence Public Libary in Kansas City (US). I sent an email to the Helsinki Central Library (Oodi) studio/electronics-department asking if we could get a modular for our upcoming library too. Four months later they asked me to meeting. I invited Rasmus Hedlund to join me because he’s great with modulars. Rasmus recommend Tuukka Jääskeläinen, who joined me for a meeting last Tuesday.

After a cheerful chat with the library crew, they invited us to select modules for a novice-friendly system which fits a 5000€ (+24% VAT) budget! Tuukka is currently in contact with various electronic music associations in Helsinki and I’m in contact with all of my sound-art friends. If everything goes as planned well have a list of modules selected in two weeks which we’ll propose that the library for purchases. We’ll also collect a list of people who would be interested in running educational workshops at the library or act as modular-godparents whom the library staff could consult concerning audio synthesis.

A futuristic military choreography Guard Commander Inspection – Arlington National Cemetery (2014).

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Peter Blasser makes nice synths, some of which are “psychogeographic maps” showing the relationship between the urban, suburban and wilderness. He calls himself Petroleum Bottle because we are just bottles of oil and he is irritated that his wooden synth parts have been cut with a chainsaw. Blasser’s synths were recommended by Mikko.

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Visited Mikko Kuorinki’s “LEG SLEEPS DROP DEEP” exhibition at SIC last night with Topi. The presentation felt unfinished. Haven’t read the catalog texts yet. Olli Keränen presented works in the SIC main hall. His pieces felt hastily made. Their artworks appeared similar. Both artists evade simple solutions but as they presented​ works in the same space the combination felt like trickery. Their artworks require simple and pretty art around them – They exist in contrast. At the SIC event they couldn’t find their momentum. Had a pleasant chat with Josefiina Nelimarkka.

Visited Leena Kela’s Alphabet’s  of Performance Art at Mad-house. The piece was presented as a part of the Hurraa children’s culture festival. It has a perfect. Kids age 3-10 were taken by the performance. Kela presented a critical analysis of the history of performance art and studied how its aesthetics have been standardised. Kids were laughing and commenting the show. The event proofed that conceptual art works for kids. I was reminded warmly with my ÄLÄ OLE LAPSELLINEN article from 2013.

Nice video on BASTL instruments by Cuckoo.