Heinä is a composition for spatial audio. The piece can be played live by a soloist or an ensemble – at least one of the following instruments are needed: violin, viola, violoncello or contrabass.
Heinä means hay in Finnish and heinäkuu (literally hay month) means July. Heinä celebrates the month of July, the hottest month in Finland: the nature is in full bloom but starting to get ready for the autumn. The piece creates a soothing yet a scary soundscape of hot trembling air and hay swaying and touching one another to create friction. The composition is based on sounds of violin, a feedback-cello halldorophone and recordings of birds and voice.
The composition process of the piece has been supported by Kone Foundation. The electronics were recorded and mixed at Elektronmusikstudio (EMS) at Stockholm, the artist residency was supported by Nordic Culture Point.
Picture by Josué Blanco Blaguer
Bendik Foss, viola
Ensemble Slør (Anna Jalving, violin, Malthe Volfing Højager, violoncello & Frederik Sakham Lomborg, contrabass)
Tytti Arola, electronics
GÁTT Nordic Arts Festival, Copenhagen / KoncertKirken
Composition of the piece supported by:
EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) & Nordic Culture Point