Sound Impression: Open by Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola

Prior to connecting on social media a little over a year ago, Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola were strangers despite both being active players in the Finnish music community for years. Tapani’s career as a saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer on commissioned and collaborative works as well as solo releases dates back to the mid-1980s while…

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Track Premiere: Slow Dive by Juha Mäki-Patola

Always a label to watch for emerging new talents, Seattle’s Hush Hush Records curated by KEXP radio DJ Alex Ruder will soon be releasing the debut album from Finland-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Juha Mäki-Patola.  While it may be his first solo release, Juha has been involved in the Finnish music community for over a…

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Sound Impression: Olli Aarni – Muovia [Preservation]

Having laid us low last summer with the sumptuously textured melancholic bliss of the crepuscular masterpiece puu tuulessa, Finnish ambient composer Olli Aarni lets the light in on his latest album, a cassette release on Sydney, Australia’s Preservation label entitled Muovia. The new album is comparatively more playful & experimental and somewhat geometric in form in keeping with the modern abstract typography design…

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Olli Aarni – Puu tuulessa

Puu tuulessa is the latest work from Finnish ambient artist Olli Aarni. Originally released as very limited edition cassette on Cotton Goods, this sumptuously textured album consisting of two fifteen minute compositions exudes solitude and stillness as reflected in the title which translates as “tree in the wind”.

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Travelogue Week 2015-17: Cello. You Had Me at Cello.

This week’s travelogue shines a spotlight on the cello with a look at seven albums released over the past year either made by a cellist or prominently featuring the instrument and spanning a diverse range of moods and styles from tender romanticism to cinematic and post-industrial soundscapes.  Also featured is a new cloudcast called Deep Resonance including tracks from each of these…

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Emmanuel Toledo & Lauri Hallilkainen – Leaves Stories (usnea)

Leaves Stories is a project started in Finland by ambient musician & composer Emmanuel Toledo (aka Eeem) and Lauri Hallikainen, who has been recording natural sounds around the world for nearly 20 years.  Hallikainen explains how the project formed and what it aims to acheive: “This project got started when Emmanuel took contact with me and asked if he…

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