In November 2013 I defended my doctoral thesis Manifesto of Sounding at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, after seven years and five large-scale musical performances that make up the core of artistic research at this university. My concerts included experimental works by Andriessen, Cage, Dutilleux, Feldman, Holliger, Lucier, Rautavaara, Saariaho, Scelsi, Xenakis and many others. In my dissertation I proposed alternative ways to organize the making and listening experiences of music, in order to create a holistic, non-hierarchical and open-association-based situation of musical experience. I chose to formulate my thoughts in the form of a manifesto, which has been a tool of the avantgarde for a century-and-half. It proved to be a useful provocation mainly to myself, coaxing me to ask increasingly fundamental questions about the nature of music and it's performance practise.
Much – or perhaps all – of my current work is an extension and elaboration of the principles formulated in the manifesto,
which in its entirety can be read here:
In June 2014 I created a radiophonic setting of the manifesto for Finnish Radio. Here is the complete program: