Sounds and images for live performance by Niko Skorpio 1997-1998.
Transferred from original 4-track & VHS tapes.
TH€€€F – TISSUE SAMPLES, 2
Second part in series of live recordings in studio environment, captured while developing and testing tools for sound manipulation.
01 THE FILM OF YOUR LIFE
02 FRANKIE GOES TO HELL
03 SHUTEYE SOLACE
04 VAMPIRIC ALGORITHM
05 XOR NOT
06 TRIPLE NEGATIVE
origin RANDOM RADIO FREQUENCIES
process SAMPLING, SPLINTERING, RESEQUENCING
variables CHANCE, INTUITION, BLEEDING EDGE ALGORITHMS
outcome SELECTIONS OF STUDIO LIVE RECORDINGS
generated by TH€€€F 2019–2020
published by PARAFERAL SOUND 2020; PFS2009
Audio Works for Film and Video 2011–2018
All tracks conceived & constructed by Niko Skorpio for cinematic works. Compiled for PARAFERAL Sound 2020.
Soundtracks will be followed by a another compilation album that will feature audio works made for art installations. Title, date and contents to be revealed shortly.
Suddenly, perhaps unexpectedly, new TH€€€F arrives. Unrelated to current issues, the TISSUE SAMPLES series was being planned to begin last year, but was on hold due to more urgent things. This first one, TISSUE SAMPLES, 1 appeared on April 1, is available for free download and a small number of diy CDRs.
01 AS IS
03 MASLOW HELD UPSIDE DOWN
04 HALL OF BROKEN MIRRORS
05 YOU HEARD IT WROIGHT
06 H H H
07 WILL IT NEVER END
origin RANDOM RADIO FREQUENCIES
process SAMPLING, SPLINTERING, RESEQUENCING
variables CHANCE, INTUITION, BLEEDING EDGE ALGORITHMS
outcome SELECTIONS OF STUDIO LIVE RECORDINGS
generated by TH€€€F 2018-2019
published by PARAFERAL SOUND 2020; PFS2007
Received this box today, from Germany, released by a tape label called Darkness Shall Rise. The box contains all survived recordings by my first ‘serious’ band, Thergothon, from 1991-1992. Recording-wise, there’s no surprises to those who’ve followed the vinyl reissues of the recent years, except for the fact they’ve been remastered for the tape format and sound as good they can on this magnetic media.
Of more interest to completists is the included 80-page booklet featuring lots of photos and press clips from my archive – old interviews published in zines at the time and such.
And the most meaningful to me personally is the lengthy piece of text I wrote for the box set, collecting all my memories related to Thergothon from the period of 1990–1993. It includes quite a bit of trivia previously unsaid as well as some awkward things I’d rather have forgotten… but it’s all there for the sake completion. Everything I can say about the subject matter is in that box. So in the future if someone still has some questions I’ll just refer to this text. Mission accomplished on that front!
The Unfolding – Themes & Variations, the first new album of new music/sound from me in six years (since Khôra of 2013). As the title indicates, it is based on recordings made for the installation The Unfolding (2018), developed further to work as five individual sound pieces (sans the installation’s projected imagery) that together form a 71 minutes whole.
Recommended mode of digestion: alone, in a darkened space, with good soundsystem or headphones.
Additionally, there’s a ‘Special Research Edition‘ limited to only 20 copies (!), including the CD, download and an exclusive 24-page research document featuring artwork, articles, and related things. As of writing this, a few copies remain unreserved, secure yours now.
I’m happy to announce that two short films I made a few years ago will be screened at the Iiriksen AaVeet event in Kino Iiris, Lahti, Friday November 22. Only a handful of people have seen either of them so far*, so we could call it a rare opportunity.
Through My Dreams Like a Knife (2014) a dialogueless black & white short film about self-reflection, wandering and transformation. Shot in the summer of 2013 in Perniö, Teisko and Venäjänkangas.
3rd Mind (for Bill & Brion) (2013) was inspired by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, especially their cinematic experiments with Antony Balch, as well as – obviously – their idea about the third mind that is present in every fruitful collaboration.
Both flicks feature Ovro aka Satu K and myself, both behind and in front of the camera. Both are true zero-budget DIY works made for the the love of making them, and as such quite personal and introspective.
( * I know. I should put more emphasis on promoting things, but it seems somewhat against my process-oriented nature. When I’m done with something I’m eager to move on to a new project…)
About 21 years ago, in August 1998, my debut album was released. In order to celebrate a little bit, in an almost private matter (I’m not a party person), a small edition called Grey Bloom XXI Anniversary Set was made, containing the original 12″LP from 1998 (my last copies), plus the tracks restored & remastered from original tapes on CDR + download, with booklet, plus an art print to go.
GREY BLOOM [xero vol zero] 12″LP, my debut solo album, was released in August 1998 on Some Place Else in an edition of 210 copies. The last 20 copies were archived years ago, they have been unearthed for this set.
GREY BLOOM [XXI Engram Recall] CDR presents the album material restored from the original 4-track source tapes. Remastered faithfully to the originals and the artist’s intent. Includes download code. Comes with 8-page info/art booklet.
“Grey Bloom 93” art print is a photograph selected from the series shot on film back in 1993, used on the original album art. Dimensions: 30cm x 30cm (image 23cm x 18cm).
PARAFERAL Sound 2019
My latest solo exhibition opened on Tuesday at Galleria Uusi Kipinä in Lahti. The audiovisual installation The Unfolding (in finite space) will be there to be experienced up to July 14. Despite the usual difficulties with funding and the like, the installation turned out pretty awesome.
On a whim I decided to make a small edition CDR album that collects various soundscapes produced for (or otherwise related to) The Unfolding. However, due to sudden problems with the printer, I got only 6 copies made! That’s a future rarity, if something.
A few of these are for sale on the PARAFERAL shop, grab yours now!
The album, called The Unfolding – Themes & Variations, is also available as a download via a bunch of codes that can be found at the gallery, while the exhibition is on.
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The Unfolding – Themes & Variations Free download codes for this album only available at the gallery. Visit @galleriauusikipina experience the Unfolding and get this 53 minute drone feast for flashbacks! #freedownload #bandcamp #experimentalmusic #ambientmusic #drone #visitlahti #ritualmusic #soundart #abstractart Ps. The code in pic works for the first 3 or so wiseguys out there, early birds can have their worms #yum
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Kirnu: Niko Skorpio – The Unfolding THE UNFOLDING (in finite space) 2018 Projisoitu videoinstallaatio HD 1080p | 16:9 | audio 2.0 | pituus vaihteleva . The Unfolding on monimuotoinen audiovisuaalinen teos, joka hyödyntää päällekkäisvalotus- ja montaasitekniikoita. Kuvassa valoa hohtava ihmisen pään kaltainen hahmo muotoutuu, kääntyy ja ‘avautuu’ loputtomiin. Kuvan kaksipuolinen symmetria muistuttaa kineettistä mustetahratestiä ja viittaa luonnossa ja monissa elämänmuodoissa ilmenevään symmetriaan. Teoksen elektroakustinen ääniraita mukailee sävyltään ja rakenteeltaan eri kulttuurien rituaalimusiikin elementtejä, ja muuntuu ajan myötä joksikin muuksi. . Pintapuolisesti The Unfolding on tutkielma valosta, muodosta ja liikkeestä. Syvällisemmin se heijastelee ihmisyyttä kauneuden, haurauden ja voiman häilyvän kolminaisuuden kautta. Teoksen lähtökohta on eksistentiaalinen kaipaus purkaa muuri itsen ja toisen välillä. . Käsikirjoitus, kuva, ääni NIKO SKORPIO Tuotanto PARAFERAL • Niko Skorpio työskentelee kuvan, äänen ja sekalaisen kadonneen ja löydetyn materiaalin parissa. Hänen teoksiaan on esitetty taidenäyttelyissä ja tapahtumissa kansainvälisesti. Hänen taustansa on kokeellisessa musiikissa ja graafisessa suunnittelussa, joiden parissa hän on toiminut 1990-luvulta alkaen. Hän on opiskellut Aalto-yliopistossa (Taiteen maisteri) ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulussa (Kuvataiteilija AMK). . Niko Skorpion teokset tarkastelevat ihmisen, luonnon ja teknologian epätasapainoista kolmiyhteyttä vieraantuneesta näkökulmasta. Yhdistelemällä kuvaa ja ääntä kollaasinomaisesti hän pyrkii luomaan päänsisäisiä näkymiä pinnanalaisiin todellisuuksiin. . Tervetuloa! . Näyttely on avoinna 26.6.-14.7. . #nikoskorpio #galleriauusikipinä #videoinstallaatio #theunfolding #lahti #video #installaatio #ääni #nykytaide #contemporaryart #videoinstallation #fineart #videoart
I made a small edition of my thesis book Uneasy Ride – Chasing Freedom, Facing Devastation available for ‘public consumption’. Published by PARAFERAL, the edition is 20 copies only. As of writing this a few copies are up for grabs via the renewed PARAFERAL website.
Written in English, rich in photographic illustrations.
Pro-printed, softcover, 80 pages.
Size 20 cm x 25 cm.
This thesis examines the essential themes of the road movie film genre and their relation to certain contemporary issues and my own artistic practice. The point of view is that of a visual artist who works with moving image and sound and who reveres sovereignty and equality, suffers from climate anxiety and drives an automobile. In addition to the written part, the thesis consists of an artistic production which is a video installation.
The research material consists of a selection of films, beginning with classic American road movies. The thesis also examines a number of films that are not road movies per se, but they serve as a continuation of the themes, illustrating a vision of a near future that is undesirable but at worst inevitable. Additionally the text examines selected experimental films that are either relevant to the subject matter or influential to the author’s working methods and aesthetic practices. The literary research material includes books and articles that elaborate on the themes brought forth in the films from various points of view.
The research begins with various phenomena influential to the emergence of the road movie genre, from the developments in cinema and technology to the counterculture movements of the 1960s. The themes selected for further study are the pursuit of freedom, the rebellion, and the transformation of the passenger enabled by the journey. The themes are entwined with the Western notions of freedom and the human condition, the long history of consciousness expansion, and environmental disasters.
Additionally the text describes the two-channel video installation also called Uneasy Ride. The artistic process at the crossroads of image, sound and the selected themes is discussed. Most of the material for the work was filmed on the road. The filming trips and the writing overlapped and influenced each other, in particular the experiences of being on the road sustained the written part.
The written part of the thesis uses the films as a metaphor of the human condition and the current global problems surrounding us. The artistic part attempts to communicate on an emotional level and by audiovisual means something unattainable by words alone.
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Film & Video
Belson, Jordan, dir. Mandala. 1953. YouTube video, 00:40, excerpt. Posted by “Cvm Programs”, June 11, 2017. Accessed July 30, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH60wa2TuSk
Belson, Jordan, dir. Allures. 1961. YouTube video, 07:17. Posted by “Denial”, October 30, 2017. Accessed June 16, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlcB5psKz5Y
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Hellman, Monte, dir. Two-Lane Blacktop. 1971. Vimeo video, in two parts, 53:25 and 49:35. Posted by “Car Chase Wonderland”. Accessed January 14, 2018. Part 1: https://vimeo.com/196953402 Part 2: https://vimeo.com/197761616
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Lynch, David, dir. The Straight Story. 1990. N.p.: Channel 4, 2008. DVD.
Miller, George, dir. Mad Max. 1979. Solna: Warner Bros, 2013. Blu-ray.
Miller, George, dir. Mad Max II: The Road Warrior. 1981. Solna: Warner Bros, 2013. Blu-ray.
Miller, George, dir. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. 1985. Solna: Warner Bros, 2013. Blu-ray.
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Nguyen, Jon, dir. David Lynch: The Art Life. 2016. Yle Teema, March 21, 2018.
Pohjola, Ilppo, dir. Asphalto. 1998; Helsinki: Crystal Eye, 2004. DVD.
Pohjola, Ilppo, dir. Routemaster. 1999; Helsinki: Crystal Eye, 2004. DVD.
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