Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Here it is. My first album "Mörkö"!
I have to admit, it was a really tough project and I'm so relieved that it's done. The main reason for this was that this was the first album I produced myself. The respect I have for small record companies that keep doing the dirty work for unknown experimental and alternative artists just went up even more!
Of course I couldn't have done all of it by myself. The main thanks goes to Timo Kämäräinen, Linda Fredriksson and Niko Votkin for making time for this project in their busy schedules. I couldn't think of a better mix of musicians for this album. Special thanks to Timo for doing the recording also. I'd also like to thank Pentti Dassum for the wonderful mixing job, Janne Mathlin for all-around help during the studio session, Martta-Kaisa Virta for the amazing cover art and Jaakko Viitalähde for the finish touch in mastering the album.
The album basically tells the tale of a day in a life of an fictional yeti-like creature ("Mörkö" means bugbear or boogieman in finnish) that lives in Koli national park. The music is instrumental so it's all about conveying different moods. The tunes are build around folkish melodies though the arrangements draw from rock and jazz aesthetics.
At this time you can only order it directly from me (kalleylitalo(at)gmail.com) though I'm planning to outsource the internet distribution soon. The price is 15 euros plus the postage (2 euros or 3 euros depending on the country).
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Finnish Music Quarterly released an article about finnish game music. I was happy to be interviewed for it along with two great finnish game composers Petri Alanko and Veli-Matti Mattson. You can find the article here:
Thursday, February 6, 2014
We were recording our third album with Stringpurée Band last week at Finnvox studios in Helsinki. The legendary engineer Risto Hemmi was recording with us on the first three days and the last two we did with Aki Sihvonen. Both guys are extremely professional and easy to work with. Also our band was well prepared for the sessions. Our first album "Senni Eskelinen & Stringpurée Band" back in 2008 was a soft-sounding first and it was a good album but maybe a bit too careful for my taste. The second one "Fedja" was something completely different. A different studio, different engineer, different sound. We wanted to go to the other extreme and the album sounds pretty raw. I think for the third album our band has found its voice and sound. It's somewhere in the middle where every musician in the band is able to stretch the limits and traditional roles of their instrument but everything still works together. I think all the tunes work well together also. We all did some composing for the album, but most of the pieces are Senni's. With this band the collective arranging is sometimes as important as the compositions though, but it varies from tune to tune. Anyways it's gonna be our best album yet!
Here's some pics from the studio. In the pictures are also our marvelous visitors Emil Luukkonen - organ, Kaisa Leskinen - vocals and Topi Korhonen - mandolin and trumpet. And of course our producer Kosmo Salminen in the picture with Senni. :) Enjoy!