AAVE is a new album by OTSO Lähdeoja, a Finnish composer-researcher working at the interface of electronic and acoustic music.
Aave is Finnish for ghost, or phantom.
The album intertwines compositions from two imaginary times: a series of piano works from an early summer morning in 1952, and a set of electronic pieces from a late October evening in 2022.
Piano notes played seventy years ago by unknown hands set in motion electronic processes four years ahead.
As time inflates and becomes bi-fold, personality becomes transparent, objects cease to exist as defined points in space. Sounds dilate into a phantomatic presence.
The music is full of ever-changing textures, and multi-layered. Luminous and spatial in the 1952 piano works, dark and focused in the 2022 electronics. AAVE is non-polished, sketch-like; a sculpture that retains the coarse beauty of its original materials.
AAVE is Otso’s third solo release, a new affirmation of a highly personal sonic quest. No ready-made electronics here. The album is composed with personal recordings of a 1952 upright piano, custom-coded sound processing modules, field recordings and synthesizer patches.