Kaima

by Tom Hogan

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"Kaima" [noun, Finnish]: one's namesake

The album, KAIMA, was written and recorded in the forests of Finland, south of Hämeenkyrö, by Sydney guitarist Tom Hogan. Each work on the album has a focus on improvisation and chance - either on the instrument or in the production process, incorporating rhythms, sounds and limitations of the frozen forest environment.

Guitar improvisations were recorded outside in minus 15 degrees Celsius. The resulting sounds were often softer, slower, and more reliant on space than the inside improvisations. Sampled instruments were re-recorded outside from distances between 20 – 50 metres. Reverbs were created from the surrounding frozen forests, lakes and ice hockey fields. Irregular rhythms and dynamic levels were based on field recording experiments, sampling the volumes and sensitive dynamics of the surrounding environments. Stereo mixes and reverbs were created by recording multiple mono mixes through 5-watt amplifiers. Wind interruptions and the occasional passing car are included in the mixes; only the recording process controlled sounds of the environment.

credits

released March 16, 2012

All pieces composed, performed and produced by Tom Hogan, during a residency at Arteles, Finland, in January 2012 - Arteles.org

Special thanks to Skye Kunstelj, Inga Mustakallio, Teemu Räsänen, Pekka Ruuska, Laura Donkers

Cover photo by Teemu Räsänen
Production photos by Skye Kunstelj

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Tom Hogan Sydney, Australia

Tom Hogan is a composer and guitarist. His work is obsessed with myth, nostalgia, and authenticity.

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