Monday, September 17, 2018

Currently making my first film and soundtrack

My independent film is in production. 1/3 shot. It's an experimental film with a narrative and I'm putting the whole thing together by myself.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Why I listen to classical music

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.

Favourite composers

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Enkeli - Angel

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Pyhä - Holy

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Luolamies - Caveman

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Monday, July 23, 2018

I start with ideas and people

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

Kypärä - Helmet

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Musiikkia - Music

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My favourite things in alphabetical order

Agglomeration of execrable embargos

Boudoir proverbs

Camouflaged Jehovah's Witnesses


Ethiopian Elvis impersonators

Fraudulent blitzkrieg

Gravediggers who are one sandwich short of a picnic

Horny gargoyles of Colon Cathedral

Irrelevance fatigue

Juxtaposed excrement

Kebabs of wrath

Loose bowel vibrato

Mussolini upside down martini

Norwegian gnome pornography

Offhand voodoo

Perverted parrots breathing heavily

Quick revolutionary tribunals

Reggie Nalder

Sock puppets scared shitless

Throbbing thong up my thumb

Unidentified assless objects

Viscous adieus

World Wide Wrinkly Sack

X-rays of injured eels

Yodeling while orgasming

Zombie powder eggnog

Åländsk vaselinbatong

Ähtärin ahteripuisto

Önnön ölö köökkö pörömmön

Blah Blah Blah Blah Art Blah Blah Blah Blah

"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."

Upton Sinclair

"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."

Oscar Wilde

"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

Puu - Tree

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

About my music

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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Roihu - Flare

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Mies ja vaimo - Husband and Wife

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

My old drawings from 1998

20 years ago I was 13 and drawing zombies with a pencil.
I don't do this anymore.