Here is some electronic music I made back in 1996. Lots of samples from various sources. Welcome to Reality includes speaking from newscasts about the bombing incident at Atlanta Olympics. The Journey‘s beginning string sample is from the background music of The Bold and Beautiful.
This project terminated a bit after about 5 months work, as my interests were going more into band playing. Also, some technical limitations caused frustration. (in The Journey, you can hear the soundcard not triggering all the samples in sync…)
There were couple of other songs I was working on, in similar style, but, unfortunately they have not survived.
Here is a new piece, a side-product of one video game project where I’m involved in. This grew out of a demo that ultimately was not selected for the game, but there will be another piece there instead.
Also, this is the first piece to use my new Analogue Solutions Leipzig synthesizer which has in brief time became an integral part of my studio.
Some moments ago, sad news also came that Jon Lord, the legendary keyboardist of Deep Purple has passed away. This piece & post shall be dedicated to his memory.
Summer is here! So much cool things happening in Helsinki. I’m, as always, busy working with too many music projects, but I have had some time to chill as well.
I’m happy to tell you that Petra’s Planet, virtual world for children is officially launched. It features much of my audio work, and has kept me very busy during the last months. Check it out! (Hint: for just some casual fun, go to the games page!)
Also, our pet toys from Petra’s Planet wrote and performed this nice song, with little help from me:
I want also to share this song I made this week with you. It was inspired by traditional melodic electronic music, mostly Jean Michel Jarre, my childhood icon. (Hence the working name, Jarre of Hermanni, referring to myself and the area in Helsinki where I live. Too lazy to invent a proper name for it now )
Lots of things have kept me busy during the last months of 2011, and fortunately many of these things have to do with music.
First, here’s a new piece, with a nature-themed video by Sabine van Gameren. In addition of samples, some humane parts were recorded to enhance the sound. Many thanks to:
Panu Ali-Rantala & Sirke Nieminen – voice
Samuli Peltoniemi – trumpet
Eero Koski – trombone
Second, in summer I had an idea to organize a gig playing classic video game music in game developers gathering (IGDA Finnish chapter), and this Tuesday this became finally true. I managed to gather a group of talented musicians to play with me. Thanks Juke (drums), Anu (keys), Olli (violin), and others who helped to make this possible.
Here is a video clip of us performing Trine theme by the great game composer Ari Pulkkinen (present in the audience, of course! )
Third, I recently got into a position in my dayjob where I can also contribute to music and sound design in the virtual world for children we’re creating. So, future versions of Petra’s Planet will have some of my audio there as well!
With everything going on, I just recently noticed that Christmastime is here very very soon, so merry Xmas/Holidays/etc, and great new year for everyone!
I have had a small break in composing music recently. However, I found two pieces in my archives I want to share with you now.
An interesting thing about these two pieces is that they are quite poles apart considering their sound and compositional process:
“Strange Logic” is electronic piece, involves sitting in front of computer, clicking & tweaking, while “Dance III” involves sitting in front of an acoustic piano, and getting into some serious playing.
Thanks to Tommi Koskenheimo for the piano recording.