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by Aihio

Amphibians 03:33
Opening 05:50
Crescent 05:08
Dewdrops 04:26
Thin Air 05:55
Glacier 05:38
Clearing 04:38
Chasm 04:40
Spheres 04:42


"Outlands is a highly original album, in sound as well as in its background concept. Even in the ‘experimental’ electronic genre, many sounds and processes are alike. Aihio manages to step outside the box and create their own unique sound. Literally!" - Peter van Cooten, Ambientblog.net

Outlands is a debut album by Aihio, a new Finnish duo formed by musician, composer and instrument maker Petteri Mäkiniemi and music producer and sound artist Ilpo Jauhiainen.

The album consists of 11 instrumental pieces that weave elements and influences from minimalism, experimental electronic music and West African musical styles into an impressionistic and atmospheric sound of their own. The composers and artists whose work has inspired the music include Arvo Pärt, Cluster, Fela Kuti, Jon Hassell and Pan Sonic, to name a few.

The music features Petteri on Ginette – an electronic musical instrument designed and built by him and based on the French electronic instrument ondes Martenot, developed in 1928 – and Ilpo on “afrorithmic electronics" (afrobeat + algorithmic composition). The pieces have been improvised and recorded live in the studio with no overdubs; they have emerged during two rehearsal sessions when the duo was developing material for the Musica nova 2019 festival’s Tribute to Pan Sonic concert, to which they were invited to present new work with musicians from the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at the Helsinki Music Centre, February 2019.

Aihio is a Finnish word meaning musical motif, sketch, a work in progress – or "a space where new ideas can emerge and develop”.


released July 5, 2019


Composed and performed by Petteri Mäkiniemi and Ilpo Jauhiainen

Petteri Mäkiniemi – Ginette
Ilpo Jauhiainen – Afrorithmics

All tracks improvised and recorded live in the studio in November 2018

Mixed by Ilpo Jauhiainen
Produced by Ilpo Jauhiainen and Petteri Mäkiniemi
Mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde at Virtalähde Mastering
Cover art and design by Petteri Mäkiniemi

Thank you: Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen (Pan Sonic), Heta Kaisto, Missla Libsekal, Korvat auki ry, Musica nova Helsinki + everyone who participated in the Tribute to Pan Sonic Concert, the performers and the audience alike, at the Helsinki Music Centre, February 2019.

C & P Aihio 2019. All rights reserved.



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Ilpo Paris, France

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 classical and generative music. ... more

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