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|Suomi Jukebox (2010)|
This is a set of seven pieces, each named after a city or a locality in Finland. Although I have spent about a day in Finland when I was 17, I have never been to any of these places; I have only visited them using Google Street View, and knew about some of them from IRC conversations. I've been fascinated with the country ever since I discovered Finnish tracker music (works by Jonne 'Purple Motion' Valtonen, Aleksi 'Heatbeat' Eeben, Markku 'Ukulele' Leinonen, various members of CNCD and Banal Projects, and many others), which was a major early influence on my work.|
I think of these pieces as a small book of spells. Every piece is simple on the surface — just 21 sounds, regularly spaced — but the way these things are written, with many held notes, means using two hands and convoluted finger positions. Like complex incantations, to call to the spirits of these places.
– Tähtitornin vuori (Observatory Hill)
– Levia Petajasaari
The word Suomi is Finnish for Finland. It is pronounced the same way it is written, and with the first syllable stressed.