Recordings

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Discography

Tsembla: The Hole In The Landscape, LP, NNA Tapes, 2018
Tsembla: Dances, cassette, Paitapes, 2017
Tsembla: Terror & Healing, LP, New Images Ltd, 2015
Tsembla: Nouskaa henget, LP, New Images Ltd, 2013
Tsembla: Fauna, LP, Ikuisuus Records, 2011
Tsembla: Tuplafiesta, 7”EP, Vauva, 2009

On Compilations:
v/a Neptunalia, LP, Lal Lal Lal, 2018
v/a New Galactic Windows, cassette, Ikuisuus, 2014
v/a Bruismelk 2014, cassette, Ultra Eczema, 2014
v/a Psychedelic Finland, DL, We Have No Zen, 2012
v/a: MUU for Ears 7: New Sound Art and Music from Finland and Sweden, CD, MUU Artists Association, 2011

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The Hole In The Landscape (NNA Tapes, 2018) takes the deep time of geological processes in contrast to the lived time of the human mind and heart, as a thematic starting point – the light fluctuations and deep dents of personal or collective thought and emotion, and the perspective of the slow formation or erosion of mountains, built by shells, dead organisms or fossilized bacteria, then carried away by wind or water. The idea of a hole in a landscape manifested as a hollow desert rock formation or a sense of personal or collective loss is in either case an absence surrounded by presence. Loss carves a gap in our mental landscape, but simultaneously transforms what is left and infuses it with new meaning.

Tsembla’s music is made with electronics and treated samples of recorded acoustic instruments, objects, voices, environmental sounds and feedback. The eight tracks on The Hole In The Landscape combine melodic and rhythmic narrative with rough-edged sound collage, creating a sense of gravitation, forward movement and friction, a lightness contrasted with slowness and weight.

All tracks composed, recorded and mixed by Marja Ahti 2016. Mastering by Pentti Dassum.

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Dances (Paitapes, 2017). Composed for dance and live performances 2016. Synchronized swimming is taken from The Olympic Shames score, a dance performance at Barker Theatre, Turku, in October 2016. The other tracks were made for a tour in Japan the same fall. Teacher is for Havana. Music by Marja Johansson, cover art by Niko Karlsson.

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Terror & Healing (New Images, 2015) is a string of mind adventures, ten miniatures of possibilities, a bunch of invisible cities and imaginary beings. It’s a contribution to the exploring and unmapping of reality through imaginative research, making the ears like the fingers of the blind, piecing the multitude back into music.

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Nouskaa henget (New Images, 2013) consists of loosely assembled, rough edged compositions, rich in details, that come together into odd instrumental miniatures in an almost-pop format and venturing into fourth world territory. Two of the tracks on the album are made in collaboration with flute wizard Antti Tolvi (of Rauhan Orkesteri, Lauhkeat Lampaat etc.) layering up Tolvi’s overdubbed flutes with hand percussion, samples and electronics.

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Fauna (Ikuisuus, 2011)

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Tuplafiesta (Vauva, 2009)

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Tsembla: Gravitating Bones, video by Leah Beeferman, 2018

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Tsembla: Alejandro, video by Rennie-Macintoch Family, 2015

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Tsembla: Viikunakatedraali, video by Mikko Kuorinki, 2012

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