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What is "Kuolleen musiikin yhdistys"?

Kuolleen musiikin yhdistys, roughly translated as "the Dead Music Union", is a group of people in Turku, Finland who share an interest in industrial, dark ambient, apocalyptic folk, power electronics and other related genres of music and organize different events and activities around this music scene. Our main activity has been organizing concerts, often with Swedish artists of the Cold Meat Industry label, in our home town (starting with Ordo Equilibrio in 1998), but we also travel around a lot to see concerts elsewhere. In the spring of 2002 we have also started a small "webzine" (this site) with live reports, album reviews and so forth. We have chosen to write in Finnish, partly because we want to make this music scene more known in Finland and there is already a sufficient amount of good webzines in English. And of course because we write better in Finnish.

This page, however, contains basic information in English about our activities - mostly to inform people from other countries about our events, and also to provide a list of concerts we have arranged in the past, with links to a few concert photos. 

Best of Dead Music, 2002-2008

 


 

Kuolleen musiikin yhdistys & Club Radium present a Fenno-Baltic mini-tour:

TROUM (deep psychedelic hypno-industrial, GER)

AEOGA (spectral-elemental aural exploration, FIN)

MOLJEBKA PVLSE (cosmic-subconscious drone, SWE)


friday 29.9.2006
@ Club Liberté, Kolmas linja 34 HELSINKI
doors open 20:00
www.radiumclub.net

saturday 30.9.2006
@ TVO, Rehtorinpellonkatu 6, TURKU
doors open 21:00
www.kuolleenmusiikinyhdistys.net

tickets to both events: 8 euros.

with possibility for secret surprise gigs in Finland the coming week,
stay tuned to know! Tour continues to Vilnius and NORDIC AUDIO MODERN,
arranged by Autarkeia. Other artists at Nordic Audio Modern will be Des Esseintes, Karjalan Sissit, Gustaf Hildebrand, Megaptera, Visions, Grunt, The Protagonist, Pain Nail and Desiderii Marginis

 

 

4.2.2006: Ovro, Beyond Sensory Experience & Des Esseintes

Ovro

Now, as this was the 17th concert that we organized, it has become quite obvious taht KMY has had quite a lengthy career. This time it was the turn of some more recently appeared artists, of the kind that specially appeals to people heavily into the post-industrial scene; From Sweden, the rhyhmic industrial act Des Esseintes and one other young (but manned by experienced artists) group: Beyond Sensory Experience, a very prolific producer of challenging ambient-industrial. As the Finnish (and local) representative we presented Ovro, an artist from the Some Place Else label, who through things like her frequent live performances has gained a strong reputation as a masterful creator of esoteric soundscapes.

The gig strongly resembled our Negru Pvlse / Negru Voda / Moljebka Pvlse / Sine Nomine gig from a year and a half ago. Not just because the Swedish artists were good friends of Magnus from Des Esseintes and the local talent back then was also from the SPE family, but because all of the featured artistsmostly appealed to an audience strongly "within" the scene, meaning that the number of attendees was quite low. Luckily enough the costs were quite low this time as well, so that we did not lose any money. Weirdly enough a lot of the regular faces in our audiences were missing, but on the other hand it was very nice to see a lot of new people attending the show.

As the club wasn't as packed as normally, it was of course easier to watch the shows. Ovro started by lighting a few candles in front of the stage. What followed was a noisy start very much in her style, a start from which she then brought forth all kinds of interesting structures. Much new power into the performance (we've already seen quite a lot of them) was provided by the strong live vocals. Especially Niko Skorpio's authoritative shouts that opposed Ovro's own, more gentle voice created a fine moment in the performance. The set consisted of both earlier, already-heard (and published) parts and extremely fresh material that could even have been from the forthcoming album Mosaick the Serpent.

Beyond Sensory Experience

 

Beyond Sensory Experience (or justBSE) opened up by sitting behind their laptops, thus making the audience expect what is alreaady known as the "Swedish performance style", i.e. artists sitting at the laptop, sipping beer. The brilliance of their show did, however, become apparent as the background video unfolded. Unlike in an average dark ambient show, in which the backdrom is just a small thing to spice up the music, the video had a central emphasis in BSE's performance. There were several clips with their own plots, and the visual material followed the rhythm of the music extremely well.

Des Esseintes is also an artist known for his talent in using background videos. Unlike BSE, Magnus Sundström does not edit his videos or make them go in beat with the music, prefering to coolly put on some stylish but not well-known horror movie. Usually the strong visual style of those works manages to capture the disturbing, oppressive feel inherent in Sundström's music. The performance started slowly, in a more death industrial mood, and then, song by song, brought forth rhythms created by beating drum pads. An excellent high point for the evening was a nicely primitive verion of the hit song King of the Jungle.

We would once again like to thank the artists, all of the people who helped maake the show possible, and also all those who showed up. We'll meet again at the next KMY concert.

playlists

Des Esseintes

 

7.6.2005: Cyclic Law Festival

As many people during the evening attested, a big part of the concert was just one long soundscape. The four first out of the six artists performing were all using mainly laptops, with (or from) which they drew the base material on top of which some small elements were added. On the backdrop ran a set of suitable video material. There were differences between the performers, however, as became evident in th various answers given when anyone would ask audience members which act they liked best. Every performance lasted between 20 and 35 minutes.

Sophia


Gustaf Hildebrand (Swe) took advantage of the steel barrels that were on stage, and used them to make his soundscape more oppressive. Visions (Can) was quite melodic and surprisingly gloomy at the same time. Both of them used space-image backdrops that emphasized the mood of their music. Kammarheit (Swe) was unfortunately using both less stage activity than normal and a hastily put-together video, but that was no problem. The finely developing music combined nicely with the still images on the backdrop, and the static nature of the show became an advantage. The surprise performer of the evening, Northaunt (Nor) was the most scape-building artist in both melodical and mood-creating sense. All four shows were received by the audience as mostly sound and images in a space, and enjoyed in a calm but concentrating manner.

The mood changed when Sophia (Swe) took the stage. Accompanied by a new assistant, Peter Bjärgö was as intense as ever. He was screaming fury into the hall while machines poured rhythm behind his voice, and drew his audience into the captivating force of his show. The evening's last act, Karjalan Sissit (Swe) divided audience opinions quite strongly. Markus Pesonen's alcohol-infused industrial was full of Nordic angst, and created a stereotypic image of Finnish masculinity that no native-born Finn could ever match. While one part of the audience was having wild fun in front of the stage, the other part found the show very hard to like. Yet no one was left without a clear opinion about it, one way or the other.


Despite happening on a Tuesday evening, the event drew a crowd of nearly 80 people, meaning that with the organizers and other participants included there were more than a hundred people present. Even though the event was Cyclic Law's, and not ours, we would like to extend our own gratitude towards all who made this night possible.

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7.5.2005: Cultural Autopsy

 

Genocide Organ

 

Our perhaps most ambitious project thus far, bringing German cult act Genocide Organ to Finland, has been realised in cooperation with Freak Animal Records. The band is particularly famous for its famed live performances, and certainly did not let down the high expectations of the Finnish audience.

Our goal was to make the evening throughly top quality. It was opened by the talented Zoät·Aon from Oulu, who had prepared for the evening with a larger live line-up and intense rehearsal sessions. The set was ceremonially initiated, as the "assistans" lit candles and incense on small "altars" in front of the stage. Zoät·Aon headman Jaakko Vanhala then proceeded with providing incredibly massive consciousness-altering soundscapes. As the music flowed into states of vertigo, the three assistants re-emerged on stage and the real power of the gig was set loose, as the men played tibetan bowls, thighbone trumpets, cymbals and beat a huge sheet of metal in the grip of an increasing ecstatic frenzy.

 

 

Grunt

Before Genocide Organ it was still the turn of domestic noiselegend Grunt, who was masculinely dressed in a black sleeveless shirt and cap, revealing plenty of his meaty self. However, the attention of most of the audience was diverted by the shocking background videos, which made many leave the hall in disgust. The music was uninterrupted, simultaneously static and dynamic noise as Grunt rattled some scrap metal on stage and yelled out unintelligible lyrics. In the midst of the show a cultural terrorist of Kaos Kontrol assaulted the stage, to additionally torture the scrap metal. Grunt´s performance was not a total success this time (Grunt´s fresh live LP gives a good idea of what it could be), and techical problems added to the difficulty. The core fans were impressed, but the majority of the audience were distracted by the very adult backdrop.

The wait for Genocide Organ got more intense as DJ Ye introduced the show with some Johnny Cash songs. This created a good contrast to the band members entering the stage, clothed in uniforms and gas masks. The gig started off with almost mechanical pounding of metal barrels on stage, using rusty iron drumsticks. After the oppressive percussion the gas masks were discarded, strong power electronic backgrounds started churning and the Genocide Organ men started frantically reciting speeches. For a Finnish industrial audience, the crowd got incredibly wild, as the band included the audience into their performance. With a mad stare in their eyes the band offered both old hits like Vive la guerre or Death to China, backed with an amusingly crude Asian monster movie, and plenty of material from the new album In-Konflikt. Towards the end the intensity kept increasing, despite the concert lasting over an hour.

To my taste this even surpassed last winters very strong Deutsch Nepal concert, and I would place this concert alongside Coil´s and Death in June´s Finnish gigs as the absolutely best industrial shows yet in this country.

Many thanks to all who helped realise the event, lent equipment etc.

 

 

Zoät·Aon

 

 

Deutsch Nepal & Gelsomina

John Björkman

Gelsomina

A personal priority for me has been to arrange Deutsch Nepal to Turku, and now it has happened. Enthusiasm was strong also from the audience: the evening sold out, and some people even had to be turned from the door - ticket reservations really were necessary this time.

The evening was started by local noise promise Gelsomina, who managed to surpass most people´s expectations. While too many noise artists sit hunched behind their laptops on stage, Gelsomina performed with a band line-up: one member tortured a guitar, another harassed a synth and "head honcho" Pekka Perä-Takala beat some disfigured cymbals, yelled out vocals and used some other equipment. The best part of the show was the intensivity and rage of it´s execution, however - it was obvious that the performers really let their aggressions take control and direct their playing. This is how noise should be made.

Deutsch Nepal himself started very convincingly a bit later with material from the album Silent Siege. Lina Baby Doll let the tapes rumble in the background, concentrating on a charismatic vocals performance between two microphones. Lina deserves thanks for showing up, as he was sick and in a fever, which might have been the cause for Deutsch Nepal not being in peak live condition. After a powerful start the energy seemed to slip away for a while, but Lina regained it for the intensive end of the show, culminating in the epic Tintomara/Thiudinassus.

Although the gig might not have been the best possible, it still left me a feeling that this was the best KMY gig so far. We thank Deutsch Nepal, Gelsomina, TVO, Mikko Tainio, Aki Cederberg and additionally Tommi Uutela.

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playlists

Deutsch Nepal

 

 

 

Arcana & Cloama


We seem to have fulfilled the wishes of many when we decided to risk it and arrange a concert with Arcana from Sweden. The event was perhaps the largest that can be organized in the context of Kuolleen musiikin yhdistys, but thanks to the audience, it was a complete success. At the same time we were able to present one of Finlands most esteemed industrial acts, Cloama, to a larger audience (and offer a treat for those with a taste for more extreme industrial).

It is clear without saying that the economic risk was considerable - we had to rely on a record audience, and that is what we got. Altogether about 200 visitors enjoyed the evening. We hope that many of you were able to experience something new. At least the feedback has been very rewarding. The evening started off with a visiting dj, AAC from Helsinki who played a set filled with old World Serpent classics.

Both performances were of first class: Cloama´s industrial set ranked among the best I have heard, a well-balanced whole which crossed stylistic boundaries, moving fluidly from psychedelic ambience to offensive power electronics. Extra flavor was provided by surprise guest Die Blutleuchte. It was foreseeable that the act would not go in well with all of the audience, but those who could appreciate it were certainly given a first class experience, because Cloama surpassed all expectations. One can only wait for the upcoming Cloama CD on Blue Sector.

For most, however, the highpoint of the evening was the now 10-year-old Arcana, who appeared with a four-person line-up. The performance, carried with the strength and magnificence of frontman Peter Bjärgö´s and Ann-Mari Thim´s beautiful vocals, lasted slightly more than an hour, during which the artists themselves got so carried away that they played all their extra numbers too. When the audience then did go for an encore, Arcana simply played one of the songs a second time. The set consisted mostly of newer material, but even some early hits from Dark Age of Reason were heard.

KMT wishes to thank Arcana and Cloama, Klubi, TurkuTV, everyone who showed up and everyone who helped us in any way.

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Old gig reports: Karjalan Sissit & I.Corax

KMY 5 years: Karjalan Sissit & I.Corax

KMY´s 5-year celebration was a success. TVO got crowded once again, and we were only one ticket short of selling out. But sweaty and crowded is the way we like it!

First up was I.Corax, a talented young dark ambient-duo from northern Finland: they had set up their stage with their technical equipment and different instruments made of animal bones. They performed for an uninterrupted 45 minutes of magical ambience, where the sounds from the machines melded together with sounds created live with different pipes, horns, chimes and an electric guitar. This combined with incense smoke and blinking strobo lights created an encompassing and hypnotic performance, the likes of which one rarely sees from ambient artists.

 

About half an hour later the stage got a new look from lit lanterns hanging from the ceiling, and the crowd was put into the right mood with old war-time schlagers as the three members of Karjalan Sissit´s live set-up took their positions behind their drums. The gig began perhaps a bit uncertainly, but all such feelings were dispelled as Markus Pesonen grabbed the microphone and began yelling with genuine fervor and anguish; "Jeesus ei rakasta, Jeesus pilkkaa!". The atmosphere got more intense and aggressive, and Pesonen´s stage presence radiated honest finnish pain and anguish, which helps to understand the music of Karjalan Sissit much better. The band was at it´s best in the most aggressive songs, but also quieter, more sombre pieces had their own strong mood. After Pesonen had thanked his audience I was left convinces that Karjalan Sissit really is a live band!

We wish to thank Aki Cederberg, Juha Wakonen, Mikko Tainio, Toni Ilo, Turun Sanomat newspaper, TurkuTV, Kaos Kontrol, TVO, the artists and everyone who showed up and has supported us over the years.

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dj Ye´s playlist


picture: Risto-Matti Salo

 

Old gig reports: Tenhi & Nest

Tenhi and Nest 8.2.2003

The first gigin a long time with only domestic artists was a success and sold out. This was also the first time we arranged an event outside TVO/S-Osis - in the Shadow Bar in the centre of Turku. A venue more easily found, at least.

Nest from Riihimäki was performing live for the first time and made a convincing performance, without letting the noisy audience distract them too much. The Kantele is an instument seen and heard too rarely nowadays - Aslak Tolonens skillful handling of his 15-string instrument convinced me of that.

Tenhi, who already have a lot of live experience from abroad, performed with a much larger line-up, including several guitars, flute, violin and djembe-drums, which fit the bands progressive folk music very well. The band played most material from their new album Väre, but also a selection of favorites from the debut album Kauan. A very professional performance from the 7 musicians held the audience captivated for a whole hour with both rhytmic and melancholic material.

We wish to thank Tenhi and Nest, our partner in crime Jussi Helenius, Shadow Bar, Sangreal Media, our Sponsors Skincraft and Soitin Laine and everyone else who helped us with ticket sales and other things. And everyone who showed up, of course.

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Past Events:

 

Ordo Equilibrio

 

19.9.1998 TVO:

Ordo Equilibrio

KLV

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31.10.1998 TVO:

Vainajienpäivän vastaanotto

Megaptera

Niko Scorpio

Candles Burning Blue

Protagonist + Sophian debyytti

 

6.2.1999 TVO:

The Protagonist

Sophia

Entwine

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Strength through Darkness (Down by the Laituri)

 

10.6.1999 TVO (Down by the Laituri-festivaaleilla):

Strength through Darkness

Moljebka Pvlse

Grunt

Promethean

Varjo

Vaarna

pics

 

Vuosipäiväseremonia

 

18.9.1999 TVO:

KMY:n vuosipäiväseremonia

STROM.ec

Nilly.

Reverend Bizarre

pics

link to live video

Vainajienpäivän vastaanotto II

30.10.1999 TVO:

Vainajienpäivän vastaanotto

Sephiroth

Pain Nail

Nazca

Gothic Evening

2.12.2000 TVO:

Gothic Evening

The Candles Burning Blue

Suruaika

Winterflame

 

9.2.2002 TVO:

Winterflame

Sophia

Victoria

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KMY:n vuosipäiväseremonia 2

21.9.2002 TVO:

KMY:n vuosipäiväseremonia 2002

Brighter Death Now

IRM

Coph Nia

+ vj Fetish 23

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dj Ye´s playlist

8.2.2003 Shadow Bar:

Tenhi

Nest

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27.9.2002 TVO:

KMY:n 5-vuotisjuhla

Karjalan Sissit

I.Corax

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dj Ye´s playlist

8.5.2004 TVO:

Negru Pvlse

Negru Voda

Moljebka Pvlse

Sine Nomine

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dj Ye´s playlist

11.9.2004 Klubi:

Arcana

Cloama

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dj Ye´s and dj AAC:s playlists

26.2.2005 TVO:

Deutsch Nepal

Gelsomina

 

pictures

dj Ye´s and dj Mind Control´s playlists

7.5.2005 Klubi: Cultural Autopsy:

Zoät·Aon

Grunt

Genocide Organ

 

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dj Ye's and dj Mind Control's playlists

 

7.6.2005 Klubi: Cyclic Law Festival
(An event organized by the label. We just helped in the local arrangements.)

Gustaf Hildebrand

Visions

Kammaheit

Northaunt

Sophia

Karjalan Sissit

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4.2.2006 TVO:

Ovro

Beyond Sensory Experience

Des Esseintes

 

pictures

dj Ye's playlist

30.9.2006 TVO:

Troum

Aeoga

Moljebka Pvlse

 

4.10.2006 Ostium: Hypnocosmic Duel Night

Troum vs. Aeoga

Gelsomina vs. no Xivic

Niko Skorpio vs. Ovro