UXO is an abbreviation of unexploded ordnance. It refers to unexploded bombs, grenades and land mines, which remain in the ground, ready to explode even decades after their use.
Like unexploded ordnance, modern reality is full of unexplained threats with no single clear cause. We live in an economic system based on continual growth on a warming planet, where the future is shown in the alternating light of technological utopias and impending disasters. The heating political atmosphere connects conflicts in unpredictable ways, and social tensions never fully discharge. A hyper-normalised media reality means that what was only recently exceptional is already the new normal. What does this constant excitement without a visual image flood sound like?
UXO is an experimental sound work, which combines contemporary music and performing arts, experienced in total darkness. The electroacoustic work is performed by the Awake Percussion quartet and chorus with live electronics.
Composition and sound design: Walter Sallinen
Libretto and dramaturgy: Klaus Maunuksela
Sound design and technology: Kaj Mäki-Ullakko
Set design and space planning: Jyri Sucksdorff
Conductor: Taavi Oramo
Awake Percussion: Petteri Kippo, Lauri Pekkarinen, Jerry Piipponen, Walter Witick
Supported by: Kone Foundation, Helsinki Festival, Sibelius Fund of the Society of Finnish Composers, Majaoja Foundation, Svenska Kulturfonden, The Finnish Music Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Note! The work is experienced in the dark.
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