Olli Kari: Sounds from Art of Howard Smith

by Olli Kari

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Music Inspired by Howard Smith's Sculptures

Music composed and performed by Olli Kari

The idea of the recording started during Radiofiskars's development discussions, when the producer of
the project Suvi Heino suggested composing music to Howard Smith's metal sculptures on his yard. Having
acquainted with the sculptures I got an idea to use them gently as percussion instruments and record these

The first visit gave birth to "Metalmorphosis", in which the eight metal birds of the yard have a
conversation with a sculpture by Erkki Kannosto. Three other pieces followed, each with a special sound
landscape of its own: clay (Echos of Clay), in which the melodic texture is realised with Howard and Erna's
brilliant clay plates, vases and pots; paper (Papercuts), in which sounds of tearing, wrinkling and crushing
paper make a drum set style rhythm combo. On Howard Smith and Erna Aaltonen's veranda (Wintery
Blues) we can hear sounds from well over ten different mostly metal sculptures, accompanied by banjo,
guitar and marimba.

As soon as the project had started it proceeded almost of itself at the management of a superb team and
culminated in an independently released CD containing four pieces.

The most musical material from the exhibition soundtrack has been condensed into the CD produced by

The record Music Inspired by Howard Smith's Sculptures builds on Howard Smith and his art at which he
welcomed the village of Fiskars's musicians.

Participants in the making of the record are Suvi Heino, Jarno Kandahar, Lassi Kari, Otto Kari, Arttu Launis,
Rasmus Pailos, Kalevi Reinikainen, Jarno Rouvinen, Pekko Sams, Jan Söderblom and Sami Wirkkala.

Thanks to all who participated in the making of the record and also to the exhibition team. Warm thanks
also to my nearest and to my warm village.

Olli Kari, Fiskars


A new coming DVD that contains also new, illustrative compositions is based on Music Inspired by Howard
Smith's Sculptures.


released February 12, 2013

Composed and performed by Olli Kari.
Mixed & Mastered by Sami Virkkala except Metalmorphosis mixed by Rasmus Pailos.
Photos by Suvi Heino.
Cover Design Pekko Sams.
Logo by Jarno Kandahar.
Radio Fiskars Productions 2013.



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