New Experimental Music from Finland

Get yourself acquainted with the Finnish experimental music scene! 

Since experimental is a relatively abstract tag for a music genre, we look at it from a broad angle – thus the playlist covers music ranging from surreal sound manipulations and freaky electro to avant-garde pop and modern contemporary art music.  

The playlist will be updated frequently. 

Featured cover artist: Ona Kamu

New Experimental Music from Finland

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Tomutonttu

Multimedia artist Jan Anderzén a.k.a. Tomutonttu’s ”Kevätjuhla” was inspired by the multitudes of mold and microbial life. The album blends electronic and acoustic instrumentation together confidently with a minimal and razor sharp approach to production – each track becoming an integral part of the records' trippy cut & paste narrative, leaving the listener unaware when one bit ends and another begins. Despite Anderzén’s abstract compositions, the music has a pop sensibility at its core, still avoiding genre classification and going fully into the realm of 'other'.

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Ona Kamu

Ona Kamu has many titles: singer, musician, composer, actor, dancer, director and CEO of her own record company – among others. On her latest album ”Se kaikki jää”, Kamu composes, plays, sings, programs, records, arranges and produces all the material with some help from hip hop producer Kalifornia-Keke. The music is difficult to file under one category – it’s electronic indie, but also more than that. The result is an irresistibly beautiful and ruggedly honest album.

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Project Vainiolla

Kalle Vainio is a composer whose evocative musical language is a curious fusion of Finnish folk music and minimalism. He has written many compositions including works for piano, viola, orchestra, chamber music, choral and music for traditional Finnish instruments. Recently Vainio has composed music for documentary films commissioned by Finnish broadcasting company YLE and explored different perspectives of contemporary minimalism.

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Mesak

Mesak hails from the ground zero of modern Finnish electronic music, both mentally and geographically. The Turku-based musician has enjoyed a two decade career in the Finnish scene, playing everywhere from clubs to galleries, in different groups and as a solo act. Styles and names are bountiful and plenteous, from the electro bangers of Mr Velcro Fastener to the ethno rap of Ya Tosiba, Mesak’s twisted downbeat releases on the Harmönia label as well as his more experimental music and sound art.

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Lauri Ainala

Previously known as the mastermind of the acclaimed experimental pop group Paavoharju, Lauri Ainala draws a bleak picture with his debut solo work, "Orpokotijuhlat Saarella" (Svart Records). The album is based on the Pietistic convention held at Saari in eastern Finland; the sectarian event has been held yearly since 1916, and it consists of sermons, Bible lessons, prayers, Eucharist, and a series of hymns. In 2015, while attending the convention with his family, Ainala recorded the hymns that blared out of rusty old speakers, and molded the raw recordings into a dark ambient drone piece.

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Juhani Nuorvala

Juhani Nuorvala seeks inspiration from widely varied sources. With the enthusiasm of an explorer, he has delved into microtonality, French spectral music, techno and rock. It all becomes organically fused into his own idiom, often characterised by a frenzied rhythmic drive. Nuorvala’s output comprises widely differing works, in genres from the radiophonic to the symphonic. His Garage Symphony is a good example of the urban nature of his music, drawing inspiration not from nature but from a basement, the default setting of a rock band.

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Tähtiportti

Tähtiportti (tr. stargate) is a veritable who’s who of the Finnish leftfield music scene: Albert Witchfinder (Reverend Bizarre, Opium Warlords, Spiritus Mortis) provides vocals, while Vilunki 3000 (Op:l Bastards, Larry & The Lefthanded), Stiletti-Ana (Jesse), and Randy Barracuda (Imatran Voima) handle the instrumentation. Over a downbeat, almost frozen techno music backdrop, a Finnish male voice recounts stories of abysses, of an abyss within the abysses. Primitive techno and the darkly ancient flow of poetry are the fuel that Tähtiportti runs on.

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Mono Junk

Mono Junk, alias Kim Rapatti’s music has been defined 'raw analogous minimal icy dark techno woven together in an experimental and hypnotic stone cold form'. Rapatti, who’s responsible for some of the earliest techno productions in Finland, has continued (re)-defining the sound of electronic music as a dedicated pioneer since 1992. His most famous track 'Melody Boy 2000 – Monotonous Fantastique' is considered as one of the best Finnish techno tracks ever made. At the moment Mono Junk is making credible appearances on the labels Forbidden Planet and Skudge Records, while also intensely working on his live performance.

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Amnesia Scanner

Amnesia Scanner is a Berlin-based Finnish duo, who released their debut ep ”AS” on Young Turks label in the spring of 2016, with critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Allmusic, Resident Advisor and many others. In 2016 the mysterious band put out their self-released album ”AS Live” and in 2017 the mixtape ”AS Truth”.

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Serot

Serot is a Helsinki-based electronic music trio, which brings organic human groove and electronic instruments together in a very special way. The main goal is to combine the best things of traditional bands and DJ culture and achieve something totally new and interesting. Serot's instruments consists of drum set, loopers, synths and guitar. The creative use of those instruments in house/techno music context creates very primitive and energetic result, which forces people to dance. Improvisation and interaction with the dancing crowd represents a big part of Serot's live performances.

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Randy Barracuda & Stiletti-Ana

Perttu Häkkinen is a Finnish producer known for his pioneering skweee work as Randy Barracuda and from groups such as Imatran Voima and Tähtiportti. Stiletti-Ana on the other hand is a prolific drummer and producer who's worked with artists such as K-X-P, Tähtiportti, DJ Candle in The Wind, Jimi Tenor, and acclaimed band JESSE.

Hannu Ikola

Hannu Ikola’s sound can be described as a combination of modern techno, industrial and experimental electronic music. His sounds are fuelled by hardware drum machines, synth modules, microphones, guitar pedals and foley sounds. His music varies from steep and fierce techno to immersive and haunting experimental soundscapes. Whether it's a DJ or a hardware live set at warehouse parties, an art exhibition or ambient concert in a church, the musical journey he serves is always uncompromising and moving. Ikola runs Etherwerks techno label and it's sub-label Aethers Series with more experimental styles.

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Tuusanuuskat

Tuusanuuskat is a collaboration between Es and Tomutonttu. The name of the project Tuusanuuskat is a play on words derived from the phrase ”tuusan nuuskana”, (tr. total shambles). It is a Finnish saying that is used when something has broken to a million pieces. The phrase is generally used in a playful context, and often received with laughter.

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Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho is one of Finland’s internationally best known contemporary composers. She gained world fame in the 2000s with her original and immediately recognisable style that has evolved slowly but surely over the years. She focused on tonal colour at an early date. Electronics and new technology have also been part of her musical makeup for quite some time; she found an important base in the Ircam studios in Paris, her city of residence since 1982. Melody took prominence in her work in the early 1990s and rhythm in the early 2000s.

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Mikko Joensuu

Mikko Joensuu is the kind of singer-songwriter who easily stands out from the crowd. On his "Amen" album trilogy, which was a critical success, Joensuu masterfully crafted music that was both influenced americana artists such as Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, as well as electronic psychedelia and kraut rock.

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DXXXA D & Nukkehallitus

DXXXA D & Nukkehallitus combine spoken word, experimental hip hop and free jazz in an oddball and provocative way. Dxxxa's lyrics, sung in Finnish, deal with a wide array of quirky subjects such as abundant drug use, least favourite comic characters, a copywriter who goes fishing and a dog named Seppo who attends a dog exhibition.

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defunensemble

Defunensemble is Finland's premier contemporary music group devoted to the performance of electroacoustic music. Founded in 2009 by composer Sami Klemola, the ensemble includes a pianist, a cellist, a clarinettist, a harpist, a flutist, two sound designers and a visual artist. All members are highly active in Finland's contemporary music scene. Ville Raasakka is a composer, who uses site and situation specific material for his compositions. These can be anything from field recordings to website discussions, dealing with everyday situations as well as social and political issues.

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Siniaalto ft. Esa Kotilainen

Siniaalto ("sinewave") is a psychedelic ambient trio who use old synthesizer gear from different continents of the world. They’ve found a perfect partner in crime with Esa Kotilainen, who’s one of the most legendary keyboard players from Finland, as he not only played in classic progressive rock bands Wigwam and Tasavallan Presidentti, but also made some of the first Finnish ambient records in the 1970s.

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