Flash of the Spirit

by Ilpo

Future Days 03:22
Emancipation 04:04
Terra 04:24
Spirit Flash 04:25
Farafina 03:45
Dreamer 03:00
Cotonou Beat 03:48
Silent Water 04:20


Flash of the Spirit is inspired by my travels and experiences in West Africa. It’s a reflection on a kind of liminal global space, imaginary and real, that exists in between and beyond cultures, nations, borders, ecosystems, beliefs, social constructs, identities and differences. This space is always in the state of becoming: changing, emerging and suggesting new possibilities.

The music blends my diverse influences of Afrobeat, Ambient, Blues, Electronic, Fourth World, Krautrock, Minimalism and West African traditional musics, and it incorporates my field recordings from those journeys into some of the pieces. It is largely an instrumental album, weaving vocals in abstracted, sliced and textural ways only; the original vocals come from artists such as Diana Bada, Gustave Dylamour, John Follass and Noel Saizonou, whom I’d met and recorded with during my residency in Villa Karo, Benin, in 2013.

The title refers to the book of the same name by Robert Farris Thompson, which I’d read during my residency in Benin. It’s also a nod to the album of the same name by Jon Hassell & Farafina. It’s also a reference to those great “flashes of the spirit” that I kept coming across on my travels.


released October 19, 2018

All tracks written, performed, mixed and produced by Ilpo Jauhiainen

Sampled vocal on Spirit Flash and vocoder vocal on Cotonou Beat: John Follass
Additional vocal on Cotonou Beat: Gustave Dylamour
Percussions on Another Channel: Linda Förstner
Field recordings: Ilpo Jauhiainen

Mastered by Niklas Silen

Cover art and design: Ilpo Jauhiainen


Warmth and gratitude: Wanja Kimani, Missla Libsekal, Petteri Mäkiniemi, Heta Kaisto, Josue Moreno, Diana Bada, John Follass, Gustave Dylamour, Noel Saizonou, Niklas Silen and Linda Förstner.

An extra wave of warmth to Wanja Kimani, without whom this album wouldn't exist. You became my muse. May your passion, intelligence, kindness and awesome spirit flourish in the most barrier-breaking way.



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Ilpo (Ilpo Jauhiainen, b. 1977 Finland) is a composer, music producer and sound artist. He works collaboratively and globally across the arts. His musical interests revolve around the possibilities and combinations of music and sound art, new global musical styles, contemporary composition and generative music. ... more

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