Pulses / Radiance is my fifth studio album. It blends my influences of Afrobeat, motorik Krautrock, Malian Blues, Minimalism, Jazz and experimental electronic music into its own sound.
The album explores immersion, repetition, new rhythmic landscapes and music as gradually evolving, constantly living condition. It is inspired by nature and ecosystems, ecology, complexity, natural sciences as well as by cities and urbanism, multiculturalism, humanities and utopias.
It springs from my earlier, playfully conceived idea of ‘Afrorithm’ (Afrobeat + algorithmic composition) where the idea was to combine the aesthetics of various West African musics with those of Western algorithmic and generative composition. While I made only one piece strictly in this fashion (Monday Morning in Lagos, to be released later as a special EP), the idea resurfaced when I was asked to do a series of live performances during my recent residency in Germany: it seemed like a fruitful and fun approach to present my then new album Sahara live on stage, so I came up with an instrumental setup which allowed me to play this algorithmic system live, and generate new music using various pieces from Sahara as the source material. Thus, through improvisation, physical act of playing and serendipity, the music on this album began to emerge.
The 9-track, mostly instrumental album features Noel Saizonou of Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble on vocals and vocal textures, Petteri Mäkiniemi on Ginette (a self-designed and built electronic instrument of his – he has also co-built the Knifonium instrument for Hans Zimmer which features in the Interstellar and Blade Runner 2049 soundtracks), Moritz Cartheuser on guitars, Christian Biegai on saxophone, and Em’kal Eyongakpa on field recordings/soundscapes from Douala and Cross River basin in Cameroon.
released November 17, 2017
Christian Biegai - original saxophone on 1, 4 and 8
Em'kal Eyongakpa - field recordings on 1, 3, 5 and 6
Moritz Cartheuser - guitar on 1, 6, 7 and 9
Noel Saizonou - lyrics and vocals on 2 and 3
Petteri Mäkiniemi - Ginette on 1, 3, 7 and 9
Written, performed, mixed and produced by Ilpo Jauhiainen
'Evolute' written by Ilpo Jauhiainen and Noel Saizonou
'Resistance' and 'All Life Forms' written by Ilpo Jauhiainen and
Mastering by Niklas Silen
Cover design: Ilpo Jauhiainen
Warmth and gratitude: Christian, Em'kal, Moritz, Noel and Petteri! Heta Kaisto, Moussa Coulibaly and Niklas Silen; Stefan Zintel, Kathrin Lambert, Roman Conrad, Marius Buck, Lukas Fritz, Adrienne Langner, Andreas Oldörp and everyone else at HBK; Missla Libsekal, Ava Grayson, Melanie Windl, Josue Moreno, Wanja Kimani, Emeka Ogboh and Chris Eckman.
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