Flow Festival’s The Other Sound opens the audience’s ears up to new sonic realities

Flow Festival’s experimental music program The Other Sound presents a fascinating look at what’s happening at the fringes of music right now, with unorthodox sounds and approaches from the past, future and every time in between.

Flow Festival’s The Other Sound experimental music program takes over the Voimala venue once again. Appearing at The Other Sound is one of the brightest lights in experimental electronic music Jlin with a new audiovisual show created in cooperation with Theresa Baumgartner. In addition to her own critically acclaimed releases and concerts, Jlin is a sought after collaborator in modern dance, classical music and modern art. She will also perform at Wayne McGregor Company’s dance piece Autobiography Edits, presented by Flow Festival and the Finnish National Opera on the 7th and 8th of August.

Bending the aesthetics of electronic music into whole new shapes by sheer force of will among this year’s acts are Aïsha Devi with her spiritual music and transcendent shows, Vessel, who draws from the bass-heavy traditions of his hometown of Bristol, as well as wilder sounds from further afield, and one of the UK’s most exciting young artists Lanark Artefax, who counts people like Björk and Aphex Twin as fans. Also among those taking the stage are Amnesia Scanner, a Finnish duo calling Berlin home and interested in the potential of technology, as well as Maarja Nuut & Ruum from Estonia and their combination of abstract soundscapes, violin and experimental singing.

The Other Sound also hosts New York -based pianist Kelly Moran with her spellbinding soundscapes, Mary Lattimore, a harpist from Los Angeles, conjuring up beautifully abstracted forms, Norwegian and Danish saxophonist and queer artist Bendik Giske, sound and visual artist Ana Gutieszca with her hypnotic noise, as well as one of Iran’s most forward-looking composers Saba Alizadeh, who is known both as a virtuoso of the Persian string instrument kamancheh and an experimental musician with a theatrical bent. An improvised concert by Quadrivium combines analogue projection, prepared piano, tape recorders and modular synthesis to create a symbiotic state on stage.

Tuomas A Laitinen’s Cryptospores is a performative installation that exists in many modes. At Flow, it manifests itself as an experience resembling a concert. The Other Sound will also host one of Finnish literary modernism’s leading lights, poet and author Hannu Salama honoring the age-old connection between jazz and poetry with a band Vapaat Radikaalit.

The classical side of The Other Sound takes a look at the music and influence of composer and provocateur John Cage. Tristero Piano Trio presents a programme of pieces with visual and performative elements. Sibelius Academy’s NYKY Ensemble will present a whole set consisting of Cage’s early works.

Read more about the acts here.