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::: 2016 :::

::: events :::

photo: ben owen

::: 2016.09.10 ::: riga, lv :::

::: performance @ space textures X :::

w/ kate carr, simon whetham, solo operator, bērnu rīts, bred blondie, britis(c)h petroleum

saturday 10 september
goethe institut riga
torņa iela 1

i will be performing my live mix of field recording from the räpina papermill, accompanied my footage from the mill shot by my collaborator daniel allen. more details and links about the event’s other live performances, djs and visual artists:

Space Textures X

Kate Carr (Flaming Pines) [uk] – live

Simon Whetham [uk] – live

Murmer [us/ee] – live

Solo Operator (Kotä Records) [ru] – live

Bred Blondie (Kotä Records) [ru] – dj-set

Bērnu Rīts [lv] – live

Britis(c)h Petroleum [lv] – visuals

“Zebra” [de] – poetry film programm


::: 2016.08.23 ::: tartu, ee :::

::: performance @ tartu ülikooli muuseum :::

w/ dave phillips, tommi keränen, taavi tulev, daniel allen

tuesday 23 august
lossi 25
(museum ticket needed in case of rain)

helikoosolek returns with the first of it’s series of occasional events in tartu, featuring live performances in an amazing setting by:

dave phillips (CH)
tommi keränen (FI)
taavi tulev (EE)
patrick mcginley & daniel allen (EE/UK/US)



dp (aka dave phillips) re/searches and ponders existences and behaviourisms humanimalistically. sound as communication in direct and primal form, a language, a tool of metaphysics, a conscience and a consciousness. opposing the omnipresent restriction and reduction of life and living. sound communications that activate primordial shared emotions otherwise hidden under the debris of civilisation. inviting rumination, encouraging intervention, endorsing catharsis. therapeutical stimulation is acknowledged. sonic activism, ritual protest music.

dp is based in zürich, switzerland and has worked solo as dave phillips/dp since 1987. he is part of schimpfluch-gruppe since 1991 (with rudolf eb.er/runzelstirn & gurgelstøck, joke lanz/sudden infant etc.), co-founded ohne in 2000 (with tom smith, daniel löwenbrück, reto mäder), started the one-man-doom-project dead peni since 2004, co-founded fear of god in 1987 and has played in numerous bands, projects and collaborations.

dp has been sonically active for 30 years, has appeared on more than 200 releases and has played near to 500 concerts in 40 countries.

the VIDEO ACTION he will perform in tartu is an actionistic and physical performance accompanied by visuals. loops and samples of voice and objects are played live over prepared sonic structures and follow a compositional narrative. the visuals communicate personal and existential matters, questions, thoughts and criticisms, on personal, social and global levels. this set is an evocation of ‘humanimal’, a sonic ritual, a catharsis, an audio-visual exorcism or a type of neo-shamanist healing.




tommi keränen is a noise maker from helsinki. active since the late 1990s, he performs and records as a solo artist, and is a member of testicle hazard, large unit, köttskogen, gentle evil and the truckfuckers. He primary uses primitive electronics and non-standard digital synthesis – the resulting music is rugged slabs of vivid swirling noise. his discography consists of over two dozen entries ranging from cryptic tapes to critically acclaimed releases like the bats in the attic cd (among the wire’s rewind picks in 2010). he has collaborated with many artists including florian hecker, the incapacitants, lasse marhaug and phill niblock.



taavi tulev has produced and released several albums of music. he’s been making field recordings in nature for many years. besides that, his main work experience is in interior and architectural design and engineering.

creating soundscapes is a symbiosis of those two different fields of work. taavi’s ultimate goal is to make urban environments sound better.



patrick mcginley (aka murmer) is an american-born sound, performance, and radio artist who has been based in europe since 1996. since then he has been building a collection of found sounds and found objects that has become the basis of all his work. in 2002 he founded framework, an organisation that produces a weekly field-recording themed radio show, broad- and podcasting around the world. in 2005 he first visited southeast estonia, and relocated there permanently in 2009. most recently mcginley has been giving presentations, workshops, and performances based on the exploration of site-specific sound, and sound as definition of space. in live performance his interest in field recording has developed into an attempt to integrate and resonate found sounds, found objects, specific spaces, and moments in time, in order to create a direct and visceral link with an audience and location.

daniel allen produces work as an experimental photographer, and latterly an experimental filmmaker. he focuses on the estonian landscape and on human interaction with it, and on estonia as a transition society. these themes are expressed through the shared boundary between abstract painting and abstract photography; through a filmic examination of abandoned soviet military buildings; through modern estonian architecture, and the country’s remaining unmodernised traditional industry. he is an analogue film fan and is active in trying to bring experimental film to a wider audience through the experimental film evening, held regularly in tartu.

in 2015 mcginley and allen collected the material for their experimental documentary film about the old papermill in räpina. the material is being used in many different contexts: for the film itself, but also in exhibition, installation, and performance. for this event mcginley will improvise a live mix of field recordings from the mill, while allen will improvise a live mix of the video footage; sound and image react, coincide and conflict in an abstracted anti-representation of space.


::: 2016.08.17-20 ::: tartu, ee :::

::: installation @ Linnafestival UIT :::

wednesday 17 august – saturday 20 august
throughout the day, in various locations

throughout the tartu city festival UIT, my social sound installation kuulamispunkt (listening point) will appear around the city, sometimes near other events, sometimes on its own, presenting hidden and not-so-hidden sounds of tartu to passersby in the form of an information booth.

from the UIT website, in estonian:

Patrick McGinley on Ameerikas sündinud, ent Eestis resideeruv heli-, performance-, ja raadiokunstnik. Tema looming (nime all murmer) põhineb väikestel avastustel ja tähelepanu suunamisel, keskendudes leitud helidele, heli välisalvestistele ning leitud objektidele. Aastal 2002 rajas ta Framework Radio, mis esitleb iganädalast helivälitööde teemalist programmi. McGinley korraldab ka Eesti Rahva Muuseumis toimuvat töötubade sarja “Helikoosolek”.

Välisalvestaja (field recordist) on keegi, keda kohtab avalikus ruumis linlase perspektiivist nähtuna pigem kummaliste asjade heli lindistamas. McGinley sõnul tulevad möödujad üsna tihti küsima, et mida lindistaja parasjagu teeb. Patrick McGinley soovib seekord seda küsimust ennetada ja pakub möödujatele võimalust ise kuulatada.

Nelja päeva jooksul ootab Patrick McGinley heliinstallatsioon “Kuulamispunkt” kuulajaid Tartu eri paigus, et jagada nendega linna lähedalt kuulamise kogemust.

::: 2016.06.10 ::: hamburg, de :::

::: performance @ blurred edges festival :::

w/ nicolas list

friday, 10 june
brigittenstraße 5

as part of the blurred edges festival, i will be performing a live mix of found sounds and field recordings from the oldest continuously-operating industry in estonia, räpina paberivabrik (the räpina papermill), accompanied by video footage shot in the mill by british photographer and filmmaker daniel allen. this sound and video is the source material for our upcoming experimental documentary about the mill.


::: 2016.05.21 ::: jyväskylä, fi :::

::: performance @ taavettilan riihi & talk @ ti-la 2016 :::

saturday, 21 may
performance: 17:00
seminaarinkatu 15
talk: 19:00
kauppakatu 19
both free entry

Pixelache visits Jyväskylä and its’ Yläkaupungin Yö -festival 21. of May. The program of the visit reaches also to the neighbouring municipality, Petäjävesi. The program is based on the Pixelache Festival 2015 – Living Spaces, organised in Helsinki in autumn 2015. The festival explored the thematics of cultural decentralisation.

From Pixelache 2015 – Living Spaces program, sound artist murmer (Estonia/US) will bring his ‘Echo Surveys’ sound art performance to Jyväskylä in Taavettila riihi (the oldest wooden building in Jyväskylä, Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä) at 17-18. All the sounds in the performance will be produced by the materials found in the Taavettila riihi or are pre-recorded in the same space. Murmer wants to create an unique and straight-forward connection to the space and the audience as well as maintain an aspect of risk or surprise in his performances. ‘Echo Surveys’ can be experienced as a performance or as a pop-in-out sound installation.

Visual artists Johanna Juvonen and Biagio Rosa lead (S)low communication -workshop in Toinila (Koulutie 8, Petäjävesi), Petäjävesi at 12 – 15. Communication and distortion of messages are explored in this open-to-all low tech art workshop. The workshop will include building slow communication tools and network from recycled materials for the Toinila art path.

Patrick McGinley (murmer) and Johanna Juvonen & Biagio Rosa talk about their work in ti-la 2016 -gallery (Kauppakatu 19, Jyväskylä) the same night at 19-21. Pixelache 2015 – Living Spaces Festival co-director John W. Fail will talk about the festival. The co-directors of the 2016 Pixelache Festival Interfaces for Empathy -festival Mari Keski-Korsu and Petri Ruikka will talk about Pixelache theme for this year. Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy festival will bring program to Jyväskylä in November 2016.

The sound performance, workshop and other program is realised in collaboration with Live Herring Ry, Yläkaupungin Yö, Petäjävesi municipality and ti-la 2016 -gallery. Live Herring Ry. produces (S)low communication workshop in the context of ‘Placing Media Art on the Map’ -project.

Detailed program

At 12-15 Johanna Juvonen and Biagio Rosa: (S)low communication workshop in Toinila, Petäjävesi (Koulutie 8, Petäjävesi). The workshop is free of charge and suitable also for kids. Children under 7 years can take part together with their parents. The workshop has max 20 participants. Register to participate by sending email to info@iveherring.or or calling 050-305 3540 before 12.5. There’s an effort to organise shared rides to the workshop from Jyväskylä.

At 17-18 Sound artist murmer’s (Estonia/US) Echo Surveys sound performance in Taavettilan riihi (Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä).

At 19-21 Pixelache presents itself ti-la 2016 gallery (Kauppakatu 19, Jyväskylä)

Murmer from festival 2015 program will perform also in Rovaniemi 7. of May. The visit to Rovaniemi is organised in collaboration with Magneetti Ry. The collaboration in between Pixelache, Live Heriring and Magneetti will continue in autumn 2016 when program of Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy will tour both Jyväskylä and Rovaniemi. The events are supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

::: 2016.05.07 ::: rovaniemi, fi :::

::: talk @ napa-gallery & performance @ värinä gallery :::

saturday, 7 may
talk: 14:00
Kairatie 3
performance: 18:00
Valtakatu 19
both free entry

As a part of Pixelache 2015 Living Spaces festival touring program, sound artist murmer (Estonia/US) perform in Rovaniemi on the 7th of May. Murmer will bring his ‘Echo Surveys’ sound art performance to Culture House Valsa, soon to be torn down house in the centre of the town. All the sounds in the performance will be produced by the materials found in the Valsa house or pre-recorded in the same space. Murmer creates a unique and straight-forward connection to the space and the audience while maintaining an aspect of risk or surprise in his performances. ‘Echo Surveys’ can be experienced as a performance or as a pop-in-out sound installation.

Patrick McGinley (murmer) talks about his work in Napa -gallery the same day at 14 – 16. Pixelache 2015 – Living Spaces co-director John Fail will tell about the 2015 festival, as well as the co-directors for year 2016 Interfaces for Empathy -festival, Mari Keski-Korsu and Petri Ruikka, will talk about the theme for this year’s festival. Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy festival will bring program to Rovaniemi again in November 2016.


The program is produced in collaboration with Pixelache, Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti ry, Napa-gallery and Culture Association Valsa.

Detailed program
At 14-16 Murmer and Pixelache in Napa-gallery (Kairatie 3, Rovaniemi)
At 18-19 murmer’s ‘Echo Surveys’ -performance in Culture House Valsa (Valtakatu 19, Rovaniemi)

Murmer from festival 2015 program will perform also in Jyväskylä 21. of May. The visit to Jyväskylä is organised in collaboration with Live Herring Ry. The collaboration between Pixelache, Live Herring and Magneetti will continue in autumn 2016 when program of Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy will tour both Jyväskylä and Rovaniemi. The events are supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti ry is an organisation which gives exposure to northern artists and connects them to the international art world. Our foundations lie in internationalism and professionalism. Magneetti was set up in 2005 by Jetta Huttunen, Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts.