I am a composer, sound artist, music producer and writer (b. 1977 Finland).
My work examines the aesthetics of music and sound in relation to complexity, ecology, globalization, urbanism, possible worlds, and the future society. I work collaboratively and globally across the arts, my musical interests revolving around the possibilities and combinations of music and sound art, new global musical styles, contemporary composition and generative music.
Since 2001 I have produced compositions and sound pieces for performance and theatre, contemporary dance, short films, new media, interdisciplinary art exhibitions; created public sound installations in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Japan, the UK and the USA; released eight solo and five collaborative albums; performed concerts in Europe, West Africa and Japan. My articles and essays have appeared in publications such as SAVVY: art.contemporary.african, Another Africa, Afrikadaa and Art-iculate Series. My upcoming book considers the future society through sonic arts.
I live and work in Paris.
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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 2014-2019 (MA Sound in New Media, Aalto University/Artistic Research in Sound, HBKsaar).
Since 2001 I have been working as a composer and sound artist/designer internationally in the fields of music, contemporary dance, performance art, film, new media, architecture, and installation and site-specific art. Between 2001-2005 I have also led my post-punk band l’ectro Q’d in London, and 2005-2009 made avant-pop music as part of the Green & Ilpo duo with artist Megumi Matsubara, performing in London, Tokyo, Helsinki and Barcelona.
I have released eight solo albums: Shimmer & Bloom (2011), Arrival City (2013), Sahara (2016), Pulses / Radiance (2017), Flash of the Spirit (2018), Flux (2020), Sharawadji (2022), and Interspaces (2022). The albums have been realised in partial collaborations with various musicians and singers internationally. As a non-touring musician, I have presented my one-off live performances in concerts in Cotonou, Matera, Saarbrücken, London, Helsinki and Paris.
Since 2011 I have been collaborating with sound artist Emeka Ogboh. Our work is a conversation between Lagos and Helsinki through sound, image and text. In addition to internationally exhibited sound installations, it has culminated in the 16-track album LOS-HEL: Possible Cities (2016) on which Ogboh’s Lagos soundscapes are combined with my electronic compositions, and in Ogboh’s debut EP Beyond the Yellow Haze (2021).
I record and perform also under the name Aihio with musician Petteri Mäkiniemi. Our duo emerged from an invitation to present new work for the Musica nova Helsinki 2019 festival, together with musicians from the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Our debut album is titled Outlands (2019).
My music and sound installations for public spaces include, among others: Future Forest Space (2017), a site-specific generative composition and sound installation 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 and audiovisual installation 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.