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Latest releases on/by Petri Kuljuntausta (selected):



Spring 2011
DVD Release
4 Eyes and Ears is a compilation of music video works and short films created together by video director Sami van Ingen and composer Petri Kuljuntausta. The upcoming release contains four works, Stagecoach (2010), Grooves (2008), Whistles, Trills & Clicks (2008), and Navigator (2006). Included is an essay, written especially for the release by American composer Phill Niblock.

March, 2011
KinoKompo Vol. 4
DVD Release
The Finnish Film Contact (Suomen Elokuvakontakti) in collaboration with Tampere Film Festival will release a DVD compilation KinoKompo Vol. 4 - Short Films from Finland (2011). The DVD contains a film entitled Stagecoach (2010), directed by Sami van Ingen, music Petri Kuljuntausta. KinoKompo Vol. 4 will be released at the Tampere Film Festival in March 2011.

March 9, 2011
Tampere Film Festival DVD Collection vol. 5
DVD Release
Tampere Film Festival released a DVD compilation DVD Collection vol. 5 - Short Films from Finland (2011). The DVD contains a film entitled Stagecoach (2010), directed by Sami van Ingen, music Petri Kuljuntausta. DVD Collection vol. 5 was  released at the Tampere Film Festival in March 2011.

February 25, 2011
Book Review
Organised Sound - An International Journal of Music and Technology, Volume 16, Issue 01
Cambridge University Press
United Kingdom
Visa Kuoppala's review on the First Wave: A Microhistory of Early Finnish Electronic Music by Petri Kuljuntausta was published in Organised Sound. The writer states:
— The approach of the book is marked by thoroughness and meticulous attention to detail. Kuljuntausta's research has been impressively comprehensive: he has left no stone unturned in his attempt to recover every lost tape recording and the details of all the radio programmes, magazine articles and reviews relevant to the subject. Pouring masses of this data on the reader makes the history come alive in a seemingly objective and often appealing way, as a great number of quotes are left to speak for themselves.


December 23, 2010
Book Release
International Semiotics Institute / Umweb
Music researcher Dario Martinelli's book release entitled Authenticity, Performance and other double-edged words (2010). One of the chapters in the book is On Electronica, which is 15-page interview with Petri Kuljuntausta on his music.




September 15, 2010
Books LLC
USA
Books LLC released second print of the book Sound Artists: Yoko Ono, John Oswald, Z'ev, Joseph Nechvatal, John Duncan, Roberto Paci Dalò, Boyd Rice, Petri Kuljuntausta, Herbert Distel. [Paperback]. 314 pp, language: English, weight 0,45kg, published by Books LLC. Release date of the first print was May 22, 2010. 

The book contains writing on Petri Kuljuntausta's artistic work with complete worklist.


September 15, 2010
Books LLC
USA
Books LLC released second print of the book entitled Finnish Composers: Jean Sibelius, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bernhard Crusell, Petri Kuljuntausta, Selim Palmgren, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Jonne Valtonen [Paperback]. 314 pp, language: English, weight 0,45kg, published by Books LLC. Release date May 29, 2010. 

The book contains writing on Kuljuntausta's artistic work with complete worklist.

August 27, 2010
CD Release
Muu Artists' Association
The CD project entitled Muu For Ears 4 was published on August 27 at the opening day of Art Fair Suomi exhibition. The CD contains Petri Kuljuntausta's work Water Cities, music for a video by director Jaana Puhakka.


July 22, 2010
Release of Menu For Murmur DVD / CD
University of Salford, A Greater Manchester University
Manchester, United Kingdom
Video-DVD (video/sound) and CD (sound+image) compilations on the Menu for murmur sound art exhibition has released. The releases were compiled and mixed by Ben Gwilliam and Helmut Lemke. Petri Kuljuntausta's Hailstorm was one of the sound works in the exhibition and the work is included on the DVD and CD.
— A Group exhibition of sounding objects, actions and processes from 26 artists from around the globe.


July 10, 2010
The Wire Magazine
The Wire Magazine magazine #317 July 2010 contains Derek Walmsley's review on Petri Kuljuntausta's book First Wave. A Microhistory of Early Finnish Electronic Music.




June, 2010
CD release
Estonia
Petri Kuljuntausta's concert with guitarist Robert Jürjendal at Kanuti Gildi SAAL, in Tallinn 2007, was recorded and one of the performed works, Maa all, was released in June 2010 on the 2CD box Improtest. Concert Series of Improvisational Music. The CD was released by Improtest association.

June, 2010
Book Review
Nutida Musik
Sverige
Swedish contemporary music magazine Nutida Musik (4-2009) released Pär Johansson's review on Petri Kuljuntausta's book First Wave.

The review fills the whole page and it ends with the words:
— Vi kan bara onska en liknande insats för den tidiga svenska elektronmusiken. (Transl. We can only hope that the same kind of work will be done on Swedish electronic music.)



May 25, 2010
Book Release
USA
General Books published a  book on installation artists entitled Installation Artists: Bill Viola, Tracey Emin, Michael Landy, George Brecht, Barbara Rosenthal, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Jonathon Keats. [Paperback] 990 pp. ISBN 1156842964, 9781156842966. Publisher: General Books / Books LLC, 2010.

The book contains a complete chapter, with worklist, on Petri Kuljuntausta and his activities as installation artist.



May 22, 2010
Books LLC
USA
Books LLC released a book entitled Sound Artists: Yoko Ono, John Oswald, Z'ev, Joseph Nechvatal, John Duncan, Roberto Paci Dalò, Boyd Rice, Petri Kuljuntausta, Herbert Distel. [Paperback]. 314 pp, language: English, weight 0,45kg, published by Books LLC. Release date of the first print was May 22, 2010. 

The book contains a writing on Petri Kuljuntausta's artistic work with complete worklist.



May 7, 2010
Sonografías (Book Release)
LitPop
Researcher Julián Woodside's article El sentido del silencio (The Sence of Silence) was released in the book José Hernández-Riwes (ed.): Sonografías: música en el cine (2a. ed., pp. 69-79). México: LitPop, 2009.
In the article Woodside refers to Petri Kuljuntausta's thoughts on the entity of sound and music in his film music works.


May 7, 2010
Book Release
USA
General Books published a book on experimental composers entitled Experimental Composers: Frank Zappa, John Cage, Pierre Schaeffer, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Captain Beefheart, David Tudor, Morton Feldman. [Paperback] 494 pp. ISBN 1155797671, 9781155797670. Publisher: General Books / Books LLC, 2010.
The book contains a chapter with complete worklist on Petri Kuljuntausta and his activities as experimental composer.
    The other chapters in the book are La Monte Young, Iannis Xenakis, Merzbow, Roberto Paci Dal, Edgard Varse, Louis and Bebe Barron, Anthony Braxton, Cornelius Cardew, Rhys Chatham, Max Neuhaus, Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Lucier, Gavin Bryars, Christian Marclay, Joe Jones, Mira Calix, Christian Wolff, Gottfried Michael Koenig, Ryoji Ikeda, Hermann Nitsch, Luigi Russolo, Max Richter, John Chowning, Christian Zanesi, Andrew Deutsch, Tod Dockstader, Nicolas Collins, Richard Maxfield, Dave Smith, Ron Kuivila, Andrew Culver, Gordon Mumma, among others.


April 22, 2010
Book Release
Pekka Luhta's Tuolla, alhaalla (ntamo 2010) is a book about the history of the performance art in Finland and the activities of Studio Là-Bas. The book contains few descriptions on Petri Kuljuntausta's live concerts (solo concert, and as duo with German sound artist Helmut Lemke, and also as Duoviri with performance artist Lauri Luhta) at Studio Là-Bas and elsewhere.

March 12, 2010
UNAM - National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Argentinian-Mexican composer Patricio Calatayud finished his thesis Intention In Musical Composition
at UNAM university, where he has studied music composition. As a part of the thesis project he analysed Four Notes, a composition by Petri Kuljuntausta. The analysis was prepared by arranging several interview sessions during the winter months. Calatayud made his thesis at Mexico's National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which is perhaps the most important university in Latin-America.

December, 2009
CD Release
Swedish label Elektron released a CD compilation entitled North South (EM 1013). The composers from Nordic countries and South-America exchanged local sounds and composed a new work for the album. The release contains Petri Kuljuntausta's composition Heavy Feather. Elektron is the record company of SEAMS, the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in Sweden.  


October, 2009
DVD Release
Heureka Science Centre
Heureka Science Centre released a DVD entitled Oivaltamisen Iloa. Petri Kuljuntausta's Heureka!, 20th anniversary tune commissioned by Heureka, opens and ends the DVD. For this work, Petri Kuljuntausta made body recordings and captured the sounds of womb and fetus heartbeat with the fetal doppler microphone. He also used environmental and machine sounds along with string instruments and electric guitar in the work.

September 25, 2009
Art Fair Suomi 09
Finland's Most Versatile Sales Exhibition of Contemporary Art at Cable Factory. The festival book contains two writings by Petri Kuljuntausta, Short Dictionary of Sound Art, and How To Buy Sound Art (in collaboration with Timo Soppela, the director of Muu Artists' Association). Kuljuntausta's sound work Mexican Cars was also part of the exhibition program.

September 23, 2009
CD Release
Muu For Ears 1 CD release contains Kuljuntausta's soundscape work Mexican Cars. The work is based on his field sound recordings in Mexico. 


August 19, 2009
Happy Nordic Music Days Festival
Oslo, Norway
Nordic Music Days festival commissioned article from Petri Kuljuntausta about the electronic and experimental music of the 1960s. His article Those Were The (Radical) Days was published in the festival book. Kuljuntausta's video Erkki Salmenhaara was also screened at the festival.


August 1, 2009
England's Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground (Hardcover)
by David Keenan
The book is definitive history of Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound - a peculiarly English underground phenomenon. At the page 68 Keenan comments the Vroom!!:
"Petri Kuljuntausta turns a Piccadilly Circus traffic jam into hellish claustrophobia"

August, 2009
CD Release
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NVG's CD Compilation Fonorama 2008/2009 Nr. 1 presented the artistic work of Petri Kuljuntausta (Finse Staatsprijs: Zoo Sphere - Petri Kuljuntausta).
Produced by NVG - Nederlandse Vereniging voor Geluid- & Beeldregistratie (The Dutch Association for Sound & AV recording).


June 4, 2009
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Helsinki
Aleksi Myllykoski's thesis Extreme of Sound Dramaturgy. On The Characters and Possibilities of Sound in Sound Design (Ääni-ilmaisun äärirajoilla: äänen piirteistä ja mahdollisuuksista ääni-ilmaisussa).

In the paper Myllykoski analyses the sound composition Still Life, a composition by Petri Kuljuntausta.



September, 2008
CD Release
VA: OASIS VIII #2 (radio sampler, CD) 2008, 77:07, Oasis (USA)
The compilation contains track Transmission 42 from the CD 3Corners Of The World by Robert Jürjendal – Petri Kuljuntausta – David Rothenberg.
- "An essential music library for the ambient programmer".

July, 2008
Book Release
Petri Kuljuntausta: FIRST WAVE. A Microhistory of Early Finnish Electronic Music, 2008, 443 pages, Like publishing. ISBN: 978-952-01-0235-7.

Prof. Simon Emmerson, Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester:
- "The first and most important observation about this thesis is that it has been meticulously researched. The degree of thoroughness is exemplary and Kuljuntausta has left no stone unturned in his pursuit of information. He has also paid particular attention to verification – that is the checking from more than one source of (especially controversial) facts and ideas. I was impressed by the methodical way Kuljuntausta had contacted the composers where possible and integrated their documentary evidence from recent years. The presentation of the thesis is meticulous in detail, well ordered and referenced. It presents a vast amount of new knowledge, well argued...".

Dr. David Rothenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Music, New Jersey Institute of Technology:
- "The amount of detailed research Kuljuntausta has undertaken is truly remarkable, and I imagine there are few works of this encyclopedic nature written on the electronic musics of any country the size of Finland. It is a model study. Despite the fact that many of these works nearly disappeared, Petri has managed to locate old recordings of many of them, along with firsthand accounts of their composition, reviews, and anecdotes about the early performances. This clearly took a tremendous amount of time and effort, and he has assembled the results succinctly and intelligently.
Petri has resuscitated this important lost history. This thesis is a landmark work, important in topic, meticulous in approach. It is of great value to composers and listeners in the field of Finnish music, where today the electronic and acoustic are much more easily blended, too often with little knowledge of the technology’s history."


June 2008
CD Release
Robert Jürjendal – Petri Kuljuntausta – David Rothenberg:
3CORNERS OF THE WORLD (CD), TN-0805 (USA).

- The first release by the international electroacoustic improvising trio of unique musicians from three nations… An improvising band blending nature sounds with clarinet, guitar loops and live electronic transformations.



June 13, 2008
CD Release
Petri Kuljuntausta – Dario Martinelli: ZOOSPHERE. A Musical Encryptation of Animal Sounds (5KJ-0208).
- "Zoosphere is an uncompromising work of experimentation, aimed to explore the richness and the potential of animal voices, with an approach that is by no means passive and contemplative, but rather inquisitive, intrusive and profoundly creative."


Spring 2008
MSMI (Music, Sound, and the Moving Image), Volume 2 Issue 1 Spring 2008.
United Kingdom
Editors: Anahid Kassabian and Ian Gardiner
Kathryn Kalinak's review of Petri Kuljuntausta's article on his music for experimental films and video art entitled Going with the flow: compositional and analytical perspectives on soundtracks for experimental films.

The reviewed article was published in the book John Richardson and Stan Hawkins (eds.): Essays on Sound and Vision, Helsinki University Press and Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology Publ. 15. ISSN 0785-2746. Helsinki University Printing House 2007.


May 2008
Master Thesis
Helsinki University
Department of Musicology
Heikki Halme released his master thesis entitled Kohti uutta äänikulttuuria. Äänen Lumon vuosikymmen (Towards The New Sound Culture. The Decade Of Charm of Sound). While making the master thesis Halme made long interview sessions with Petri Kuljuntausta on the history of electronic music, sound art and Charm of Sound association.











Composer, sound artist, musician