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Electroacoustic bowed lyre music with global soundscapes

During 2010s and early 20s, Helsinki-based media artist and music producer Mikko H. Haapoja has field recorded sounds around the globe, from the Nordic and equatorial nature to the several cities like Istanbul, New York, Tokyo, Bamako and Bangkok. By mixing multiple sonic environments together, Haapoja now creates unheard worlds. In his debut solo album Unheard Landscapes, Finnish traditional bowed lyre (jouhikko), bass bowed lyre and cello, alongside electronic beats, contact this mixture of sounds to the living tradition of ours.

Unheard Landscapes album is released.

The album debuts at #16 on WMCE's September 2023 World Music Charts!

Purchase the LP from Digelius or Levykauppa Äx. CD available also via Kansanmusiikkiliitto.

Listen to the album on streaming platforms.

Unheard Landscapes album is composed, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Mikko H. Haapoja. Kanteles in the last track Stream in the City played by Sarah Palu.

Haapoja’s duetting with jouhikko and birds is full of character - Songlines

On the album, Haapoja's backgrounds from music technology, classical music, ethno & jazz are combined in a great way. – Pirta magazine

Unheard Landscapes is soothing and lovely to listen to. – Kansanmusiikki

Unheard Landscapes music is originally composed for Contemporary Circus Performance Fragile, which premiered in September '22 in Helsinki. Read the first review of Fragile here (FI).

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