I am a composer, music producer, sound artist and writer.
Born 1977 in Finland, I studied electroacoustic composition, music technology and sound design in London 1999-2003 (BA Sonic Arts, Middlesex University) and sound art, new media and algorithmic composition in Helsinki and Saarbrücken 2014-2018 (MA Sound in New Media, Aalto University/Artistic Research in Sound, HBKsaar).
Since 2001 I’ve worked as a composer and sound designer in various creative projects internationally: these have included contemporary dance pieces, performances, short films, art installations and exhibitions. Between 2001-2005 I’ve also led my post-punk band in London, and 2005-2009 made ethno-electronic pop music as part of the Green & Ilpo duo with artist Megumi Matsubara, performing in London, Tokyo, Helsinki and Barcelona.
I’ve released five solo albums: Shimmer & Bloom (2011), Arrival City (2013), Sahara (2016), Pulses / Radiance (2017) and Flash of the Spirit (2018). The albums have been realized in partial collaborations with various musicians and singers internationally.
From 2011 I’ve been collaborating with sound artist Emeka Ogboh. Our work is a conversation between Lagos and Helsinki through image, text and sound, and it has culminated in the 16-track album LOS-HEL: Possible Cities (2016) on which the soundscapes of Lagos are blended with my electronic compositions, creating a new kind of urban music.
I’ve made music and sound installations for public spaces also. Eg. Future Forest Space (2017) is a site-specific generative composition for the Klankenbos park in Neerpelt, Belgium; Transformer x 2 (2016), a site-specific sound installation for the Kubaai cultural centre in Bocholt, Germany; Electropia I (2015), a 3-year-long generative composition for the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering in Espoo, Finland; and Egwutronica I-II (2015), an exhibition music for the Disguise: Masks and Global African Art exhibition in the Seattle Art Museum, US.
My work covers a mixed field from sound art and design to pop and electroacoustic composition. I work collaboratively and globally across the arts, and am especially interested in applying music and sound art to new contexts, and producing creative work constructive to social and cultural progress. Themes like ecology, urbanization, complexity, multiculturalism and long-term thinking keep inspiring and recurring in my work. My musical interests revolve around the possibilities and combinations of music and sound art, new global musical styles, postmodern composition and generative music.
When not working in my studio, I love cycling, walking, exploring new places, sharing life with friends, having deep and light-hearted conversations, reading and pondering, and being a citizen activist.
You can view my complete CV here: Ilpo Jauhiainen – Artist CV