Sound as Image / History of sound art Helsinki.

November 26th, 2012

Petri Kuljuntausta lectures.

‘History of sound art’

Petri Kuljuntausta did lectures spread over three days, covering the history of sound art and experimental music. The lectures included listening examples.
Of the many subjects covered were:

Sound art (concept)
– sound in the arts (Douglas Kahn)

Early sound instruments (mechanical), Heron
Mammoth Ivory flute

Léon Scott: The phonautograph
Thomas Edison: The Phonograph
Gramophone records

Alphonse Allais: Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man (1884)
Kurt Schwitters: Ursonate (1922–32)

Arseni Avraamov: Sinfoniya Gudkov (“Symphony of the sirens”, Bakú 1922)

Walter Ruttmann: Weekend (1930) 11’10″

Pierre Schaeffer: Musique Concrete (1948)

Yves Klein: Monotone Symphony (1949)
Francois and Bernard Baschet: Sculptures Sonores

Karlheinz Stockhausen
– Cologne studio & Darmstadt summer courses

John Cage: 4:33
John Cage: Water Walk (I’ve Got A Secret TV show)


First Wave of Finnish Electronic Music in 1958-1963

Alan Lamb: the sound of telephone wires
Bill Fontana: pioneer of site-specific sound installations

Christina Kubisch: Electric Walks

The User: Silophone

Stelarc (-> Orlan)

Ryoji Ikeda: datamatics

Visit to Petri Kuljuntausta ‘Akusmata’ gallery for Sound art.

Visit to Petri Kuljuntausta studio.

Caspar Stracke:


The course/workshop investigates a particular set of relationships
between sound and (moving)image throughout the 20th century history
of mechanical, electro-magnetic and digital sound recording.
It ranges from spectral analysis and optical sound synthesis
and to sculptural electro-magnetic sound visualizations (“Cymatics” )
Vice versa, the sound-to-image part introduces a number of unique
moving image creations utilizing mechanical, electromagnetic and digital technologies.
The workshop part introduces optical sound track experiments,
with paint on film leader and digital equivalents.

Featured artists:  Hans Richer/ Oskar Fischinger/ Rudolf Pfenninger,
Norman McLaren, Mary Ellen Bute, Aura Satz, Derek Holzer,
Steven H. Silberg, Kilian Dellers,
Thomas Stellmach,  Maja Oschmann, Seminconductor and others.

Using ‘Phostosounder’ software to render images audible.
Setting up 33mm projector.
Setting up for drawing optical sound tracks.
Drawing optical sound tracks.

Drawing optical sound tracks.

Finished filmstrips.

Projecting the soundtracks.