Ilmari Haapanen of Älymystö


what is your name?
Ilmari Haapanen

how would you describe what you do?

I’m all about sound. When I’m not busy being an industrial musician, I study sound designing for movies & television at the School of Art and Media of Tampere University of Applied Sciences, and in the spare time I craft sound art for radio and do some freelance composing for games and what not. I’m also co-founder of Älymystö with Mr. Vuorensola and the main driving force behind the band.

what are you currently working on?

Skithund Records releases the 12″ vinyl version of the 19:38:00 split album on April the 1st 2010, but my work there is pretty much done now. At the moment I’m involved in three different short movies which all are in post-production. This week I’ll be doing foleys for “Pieniä Ihmeitä”, next week it’ll be dialogue edit for “Esso” and so forth. Although the rest of the band is eager to work on the next full-length album, I think that’ll be on slow motion until I get these babies out for the film festivals of the spring.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

Amiga 500 & OctaMED and all those great trackers like Jesper Kyd and Carebear.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

That I hate Star Wreck / Iron Sky / what ever Mr. Vuorensola & co. are up to. No I don’t, I have huge respect for them for what they’ve done and hopefully someday I’ll be able to work with them.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

My main strength is my ability to create strong visual soundscapes that deliver different moods efficiently. Sound is all about the feeling. My main weakness is definitely my lack of skill in playing different instruments, I’m all too focused on electronic sounds.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

Without electricity I would be just a shaman with a drum.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

There’s nothing against you out there. Except the reptilians, of course.

where can we find you online?

I’m a bit against living online, so you can’t really find me on FB/Twitter or any of that shit.
But feel free to listen our music online:

http://www.alymysto.com/

http://www.last.fm/music/Älymystö


what are you reading at the moment?

Nothing, I find it difficult to find time for reading books.

what are you listening to at the moment?

Sounds of a decades old wooden house in a Finnish winter weather combined to sounds of a new ventilation system. It’s a strange mix, I tell you. Musicwise I’ve been into dubstep lately.

anything else we should know?

The inner space is boundless.

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