Albums

Movement Painters

This space–time continuum travel starts from a small village in northern Lapland, then moves to modern day Tokyo, Scandinavian cities and ancient Kyoto. The painters cut out the moments and places, glimpse dilemmas, outline shamans in ancient and modern time.

 

1. Overflowing fullness of light
2. Colours of our eyes
3. Falconiform birds of prey
4. Waterfall child
5. Noble man on the roof
6. Refraction

 

All songs written, produced and performed by Aake Otsala with Mion Wuosha on vocals (1,2 and 4).

 

Recorded in Helsinki, Tokyo and Kyoto.

 

Mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde at Virtalähde mastering.

 

Graphic design by Kristian Lehtomaa. Photography by Aake Otsala.

 

© & ℗ Diu Dau Digital. All rights reserved.

 

Surfing the Apocalypse

Wonderful image of the world as a place where there is Monsanto, giant trash floats in the Pacific, climate change advocates and deniers, and among all this, Kilgore is forever riding the wave, smelling the napalm.

 

Two versions of environmental protest song:

 

1. Surfing the Apocalypse A

2. Surfing the Apocalypse B

 

All songs written, produced and performed by Aake Otsala.

 

Recorded in Helsinki and Tokyo 2012.

 

Mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde at Virtalähde mastering.

 

Graphic design by Kristian Lehtomaa. Photography by Aake Otsala.

 

© & ℗ Diu Dau Digital. All rights reserved.

Together? Live

Things are not what they appear to be.

 

Selfportrait. An expression of an imagined relationship between two people, where one distorted mind creates its own interpretation of what did or did not happen.

 

This is a live recording of performance at Full Moon Dance Festival, Pyhäsalmi, Finland 2014.

 

1. Club Hiljaisuus (Intro)

2. Together

3. Her Death Will Be a Mystery Even to Me

4. Train

5. Panic Room

6. Yellow Chair

7. Elevator

8. Birch Tree / Demur

9. Mirror

10. Slow Dance of Love and Death

11. [Owls]

12. Pyhäsalmi (Outro)

 

All songs written, produced and performed by Aake Otsala. Samples include Mion Wuosha on violin and Tuomas Paavola on electric guitar.

 

Recorded in Helsinki, 2010.

 

Graphic design by Kristian Lehtomaa and Aake Otsala.

 

© & ℗ Diu Dau Digital. All rights reserved.

 

Songs From a Closed Room

Some events leave a strong image that you keep holding on throughout life. These songs, places at Rovaniemi Lapland, are paintings from those memories.

 

Method of creation was to prepare room of instruments and wait for a appropriate moment. Closing the door behind you gives a fixed timeframe to complete one painting. After leaving the room, nothing could be added.

 

1. Koti

2. Tankavaara

3. 080808

4. Aurinko

5. Kuu

6. Sade

7. Ounasvaara

8. Ranuan tie

9. Persoona

10. Someroharju

11. Lumimyrsky

 

All songs written, produced and performed by Aake Otsala.

 

Recorded in Helsinki, 2008. Mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde at Virtalähde mastering.

 

Graphic design by Kristian Lehtomaa. Photography by Aake Otsala.

 

© & ℗ Diu Dau Digital. All rights reserved.

Aake Otsala

Otsala’s music is often about space.

 

Not the final-frontier-kind, although there are plenty of allusions to science fiction; the sounds sometimes bring to mind certain movie soundtracks. But Otsala’s music is about more than references or genre pieces. It is about room, the horizon, distances and relationships between objects and the forces that pull them apart or push them together like celestial bodies. It’s also literally bodies in space: much of the music here has been written for the stage, for choreographers.

 

Take, for instance, Movement Painters. This is music Otsala wrote for choreographer Ervi Siren for a piece called Kite. Movement Painters is characterized by the same expression that carries through much of Otsala’s music, a kind of massive minimalism that creates room for the music, room to breathe and room for the music to happen. His music is minimalistic in that it is not overwhelmed by orchestration, and yet it is massive. It’s massive in the sense a clear winter’s night out in the wilderness is massive. It’s Big Sky massive.

 

Another point to make about Otsala’s music is that as a composer and a sound designer he not only has a keen sense of space, he also has an incredible understanding of narrative and the dramatic. This is probably why his music is so well-suited for the stage, but it is not merely a companion to the action. Otsala’s narrative sense means that his music stands alone perfectly. It is not confined to one story, to one sequence; rather, he invites the listener to open up to the flow of the music, to let associations, images, memories, fantasies come and go.

 

 

 

 

Having said that, you may be interested in knowing that Otsala regards his Songs From A Closed Room a very typical debut album, a self-portrait, where the music is connected to memories from his childhood, places he came to know, experiences he had growing up in the north.

 

Or, that Together was originally composed to a duet by choreographer Alpo Aaltokoski and the music is an expression of an imagined relationship between two people, where one distorted mind creates its own interpretation of what did or did not happen.

 

Or, that Otsala describes Surfing The Apocalypse with a wonderful image of the world as a place where there is Monsanto, giant trash floats in the Pacific, climate change advocates and deniers, and among all this, Kilgore is forever riding the wave, smelling the napalm.

 

But there really is no point in over-emphasizing the circumstances of Otsala’s music. The music is there, and that’s all you need.

 

– J P Manninen

Contact

Email to contact@aakeotsala.net.

Aake otsala is a member of Sun Effects design collective

and Diu Dau Recordings.