Monday, September 17, 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018
I've been listening to classical music most of my life. Jean Sibelius and Dmitri Shostakovich were the composers who introduced me to classical music. Their works changed me, but I wasn't fearful. The music touched me before I could start listing all the things I already liked. I never worried whether I was the right person. It didn't even occur to me. I also didn't think I was better than someone else. It wasn't about that.
Later the works of Olivier Messiaen, Erik Satie, Krzysztof Penderecki and Louis Vierne changed me even more. Classical music was never just background music. Not even Erik Satie. I first heard Satie's Gymnopedie 1 when it played during a Swedish television test pattern. I was amazed because it found me. I wanted to find a recording of it that spoke to me the most.
How would I describe classical music? Enduring, ambitious, powerful, subtle, entrancing, extraordinary. It's not just one thing. Start listening to concertos, symphonies, nocturnes, quartets and cantatas from all periods. Stop worrying and fussing.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Friday, August 3, 2018
Friday, July 27, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
I hate explaining my works and I hate labels even more. I have always felt that there are far more interesting things than terminally limited and limiting labels. I start with ideas and people.
When I was growing up, very few people in my family talked about ideas. I discovered early on that we are problematic and strange. Our need for normality and routines is logical, but it also illustrates our amusing strangeness. My imagination thrived because I didn't know what the rules were supposed to be.
You shouldn't lose your naive imagination completely. Images, moods and moments are things we all build. There's nothing quite like the sense of having a playground and the courage to present an enigmatic vision.
Am I discussing my personal history in my works? The short answer is yes, but it's not that simple. It's usually something I notice afterwards. Sometimes it's just the easiest or most obvious interpretation.
It's my job to fight mindlessness, boredom, apathy and misery. Sometimes I need a break, but after that break I feel like I have to do something different.
Today there are millions of images everywhere. It's my job as an artist to build images and connect things in interesting ways. I spend long periods of time by myself without distractions. Most of the time I use simple tools. I don't feel the need to swim in art supplies. Everything I've done creatively so far has been low budget, but I'm not complaining.
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Agglomeration of execrable embargos
Camouflaged Jehovah's Witnesses
Ethiopian Elvis impersonators
Gravediggers who are one sandwich short of a picnic
Horny gargoyles of Colon Cathedral
Kebabs of wrath
Loose bowel vibrato
Mussolini upside down martini
Norwegian gnome pornography
Perverted parrots breathing heavily
Quick revolutionary tribunals
Sock puppets scared shitless
Throbbing thong up my thumb
Unidentified assless objects
World Wide Wrinkly Sack
X-rays of injured eels
Yodeling while orgasming
Zombie powder eggnog
Önnön ölö köökkö pörömmön
"All truly great art is optimistic. The individual artist is happy in his creative work.
The fact that practically all great art is tragic does not in any way change the above thesis."
"I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create."
Vincent van Gogh
"My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all."
"Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods."
Oscar Wilde (The Critic as Artist)
"That's what art is. It's like somehow somebody got it just perfectly right, and something very close to it is like... meh."
Wes Craven (Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective)
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Drawing and music are in my blood. I never studied them. I'm a keyboardist and I started making music around 2000.
I make less music these days but I listen to various genres every day. Soundtracks, classical and folk were the biggest catalysts in the beginning.
Most of my musical works are fantasies (unconventional compositions) and I use simple harmonies to create themes. I'm also interested in ambient and experimental sounds.
My 5 electronic classical albums:
Rinta-Perälä (2012) - 10 tracks
Häiväusko (Whisper Faith, 2014-2015) - 10 tracks
Utukorva (Mist Ear, 2014-2016) - 10 tracks
Pyhitetty ikkuna (Hallowed Window, 2016) - 8 tracks
Tuntureilla (On the Fells, 2017) - 8 tracks