Memnon is an experimental music duo of kantele player Eva Alkula and sound designer Ville Hyvönen.
Memnon examines interfaces and collisions between traditional instrument and modern design, classical training and modern electronics, academic and experimental music, compositions and sound design.
The Finnish kantele playing and sound tradition is taken to a new modern level by approaching it from totally different perspectives: memnon combines the unique Finnish sound of kantele with scandinavian electronic minimalism, and widens the classical kantele tradition to experimental sound landscapes.
Eva Alkula has graduated from the Sibelius Academy, where she majored contemporary and classical kantele music.
In 1999 2000 she studied Japanese koto at the Hokkaido University of Education in Sapporo. In Memnon Eva plays newly designed 39-string electric kantele built by Koistinen Kantele.
Ville Hyvönen is sound designer and producer working on a wide field of theatre and music-scene,ranging from rock to contemporary electronic music and modern stage-drama.
He uses a laptop computer to sample and real-time manipulate Eva’s playing.
memnon info in Japanese
memnon tour blog 2005
memnon tour photo blog 2006
memnon tour photo blog 2007
memnon CD released in may 2007. ask from your local record shop
download memnon 2007 album here as 256kbps mp3 (.zip size 85 MB) and press donate button to pay 10€ or more via paypal. All major credit cards. tracklist 1/pim 2/keli 3/sekuni 4/siena 5/tila 6/keli softys 7/sekuni scanner
listen to the music at memnon myspace
videos on google video
(C) memnon 2008
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