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02.06.2023 kell 19:00
Black box

Otto Iivari, Sofia Zaiceva, Aleksei Epifanov, Andreas Kalvet


Valerio Galadini (1999)

L’arpeggiometro” (interactive sound installation)

Room D 501
Opening times:
17.30–19.00 & 20.30–21:30

Otto Iivari (1987)


Weigthless” is a spatial electroacoustic piece made for ambisonic system. The piece is inspired by the choreographic principles of Rudolf von Laban’s Effort theory. The piece uses manipulated field recordings, instrumental and vocal recordings with a fresh connection to the ideas of musique concrète. The movement of each sound object expresses weightless movement behavior based on Laban’s studies of human movement and dance. The piece was awarded a 2nd place at the International Sonosfera Ambisonic Competition.

Camera lucida“

Juho Ahmas (cello)

Otto Iivari (electronics)

Camera lucida” is a piece for cello and ambisonic electronics. The title of the piece comes from the old drawing tool, a lens that enables the artist to look at the paper and the target at the same time as he’s trying to portray his view. The piece is a constant, experimental dialogue between the sound of cello and electronic sound from a no-input mixer, synthesized A.I. voice and Manipulated organic sound. Both sonic worlds are trying to find air in the three-dimensional space of the ambisonic dome.


Thở” is an acousmatic piece for ambisonics that breathes through the spectrum of vietnamese nao bat cymbals. Zooming in on the smallest organic details and vast harmony, it is an exploration where a combination of recorded and synthesized sounds merge. The musical gestures of the piece are inspired by the controlled chaos of accumulating, impulse-like sound objects. The piece attempts to present the sound of a cymbal in as broad a way as possible. “Thở” is the winner of the Europe’s sixth Student 3D Audio competition in the category of contemporary/computer music.

Otto Iivari is a Finnish master’s student at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, specializing in electroacoustic composition. His works are mainly acousmatic, spatial electroacoustic music composed for multichannel settings and ambisonic systems. Iivari likes to magnify and draw influence from natural sound phenomena. Space and the movement of sound is a crucial element in his music. Otto Iivari recently spent an exchange semester in IEM Graz and he is studying with Malle Maltis and Margo Kõlar.

Aleksei Epifanov (1982)

Silent piece for a lone guitar string”

acousmatic composition for ambisonic system

In fact, the string in this musical composition is not alone. It is accompanied by various percussion sounds, and even synthesizers contribute to the motley chorus of discordant voices. This composition arose as a result of meeting a very good instrument, which I did not know how to play, but really wanted to touch. You know, it happens like this, you take (hold) the instrument in your hands, touch the string. And such a beautiful sound is heard, which such a wonderful instrument should have. You touch the string again, hit it in a different way, and start having fun. And suddenly you understand that a certain composition began to take shape (appear) in your head. And then it grows, acquires various strange details. That’s how this composition came about.


Live performance with a handmade instrument, a couple of synthesizers and various effects, stereo

NoiseBox is a small box with various strange details attached to it, which fully justifies its name – it perfectly creates various noises. If these sounds are passed through processing effects, you can get amazing results. NoiseBox was born for two reasons. First, the author loves to do something with his hands. Secondly, NoiseBox is a reaction to the abundance of virtual instruments. The author does not oppose virtual instruments in any way and uses them himself. But tactile sensations from a real thing are much nicer than digital technologies.

My Tallinn: three scenes from the life of the spring city”

Composition of field recordings with elements of electroacoustic music, for ambisonic system

We sometimes admire the beautiful views of the city in which we live. We know how its streets, parks, buildings look like. We know many people who live with us. But if we close our eyes, will we recognize this city? What will its sounds tell us?

This composition is the author’s look at everyday life in Tallinn. The composition consists of three parts (park, streets-shopping center, Old Town), which are interconnected by short electro-acoustic fragments that take the listener from one area of the city to another. This is a mini-documentary film about Tallinn, composed only of the sounds of this city. All sounds are precisely fixed and strictly correspond to the place, which is described in the composition. All recordings were made within ten days from 30.04 to 09.05 under approximately the same conditions. It is an invitation to walk around the city, visit the beautiful Kadriorg and the bustling shopping centers, walk along the different streets and end the day in the Old Town among cozy cafes, street musicians and ringing bells. Welcome to Tallinn.

Aleksei Epifanov is a musician, composer and sound designer, currently a third-year bachelor’s student in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, studying electroacoustic composition. Inspired by the works of Pierre Schaeffer, Aleksei loves to make field recordings, he constantly records something and thoroughly looks for suitable ways to process sound. He also likes to invent and create something with his own hands and therefore constantly reinvents the wheel. Aleksei is supervised by Malle Maltis.

Andreas Kalvet (2000)

Wind Circle”

Sebastian Rysä (trumpet)

Mattis-Johan Mere (trumpet)

Silver Niinemets (trumpet)

Hando Põldmäe (trombone)

Andreas Kalvet (electronics)

The work is composed in three sections, for three trumpets, one trombone and quadrophonic soundtrack. The title comes from the placement of the musicians and speakers, which forms a circle around the audience (or in the case of this black box balcony, it’s a bit of a square). The soundtrack of the piece consists of processed trumpet and trombone sounds, as well as a synthesizer. Three different soundscapes are born from this symbiosis of placement of speakers and players. The binding part of it is the arrangement of the players and the movement of sounds in the room.

5 Streets”

5 Streets” is an acousmatic ambisonic work which is composed using a 5-tone scale and mainly consists of cityscape sound material recorded in 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden, processed or used in wavetable sound synthesis.


It is a piece for live electronics, specifically for two synthesizers (arp 2600 and minilogue XD) and a computer. The synthesized sounds create an airy, but at the same time, thanks to the LFOs, rhythmic texture, reminiscent of helicopters.

Andreas Kalvet is a composer, sound engineer and producer. He is currently a third-year student at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre majoring in electroacoustic composition under the guidance of Malle Maltis. He likes to use sound synthesis techniques in his work, as well as processing recorded sounds beyond recognition. In addition to composing, he is also involved in live sound recording and mixing. He also teaches a composition course as part of the creative module at the Viimsi High School and supervises the school band.

Sofia Zaiceva (1999)

Dominant wavelength 600 nm”

Live sound performance with SuperCollider and synthesizers (multichannel)

Dominant wavelength 600 nm” represents rising consciousness of color orange and the Sacred chakra. Its goal is to allow our emotions to flow freely and restore balance through evoking their expression and physical reactivity in experimental meditational sonic practice. Originally 30 minutes long performance, first presented during “Commute#5” festival.

Fight or flight response”

Acousmatic ambisonic composition

This piece is a study on traumatic sound triggers found in our surroundings or specific critical situations that I hope to develop a sonic environment, where listeners could be introduced to others’ perception and imagine what kind of physical and psychological effect misophonia, phonophobia or PTSD creates.

Sofia Zaiceva is a sound artist, composer and a pianist from Latvia. She holds a bachelor degree in Piano Performance from Latvian Academy of Music and currently is 3rd year bachelor electroacoustic studies in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Musically residing in the experimental electronic music field, using technology based approach and emphasizing immersion – Sofia is concentrating on such techniques as coding, spatial sound and improvisation. Sofia also performs as a DJ and as a part of experimental electronic music duo ”flowerpower”. She is supervised by Ülo Krigul.


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