ALOES creates atmospheric soundscapes with pop-like melodies, vocals and occasional crude beats that interact with live generated images. Through their custom software and self-built instruments they play with compositions of ambient structures, melodic elements, voice, landscape and particle based visuals. New media artist Alex van Giersbergen and sound artist Marloes van Son (born in NL, based in Helsinki) combine efforts in this audiovisual collaboration.
ALOES has performed around Europe, notable gigs include Piksel Festival (Bergen, NO), Inversia Festival (Murmansk, RU), Art Fair Suomi (Helsinki, FI), Lofoten Sound Art Symposium (NO), Noisefloor festival (UK), STEIM (NL), SMC2017 (FI) and DASH festival (Helsinki, FI).
During our residency on Örö in August 2020, we’ve created several short audiovisual compositions that combine site-specific, nature- and landscape-related elements. We explored the idea of remoteness and being surrounded by the sea, nature and (old) army structures. Through our compositions we aimed to create an experience that transports the audience to the island without visiting it.
The audiovisual piece Radar Tower uses the radar tower close to the residency house as a starting point. We used the constant movement of the radar tower, the birds and the insects on the island as a basis for the visuals. The composition transforms the ever present mechanical hum that emerges with the rotation of the radar dish from a nuisance into an ambient soundtrack.
The full documentation of our work on Örö can be found on aloesmusic.com/oro.
14:00 – in a bunker on the south side (one near the public toilet / Solkuro beach)
18:00 – in the basement of 50’s row house, apartment 1
14:00 – in the basement of 50’s row house, apartment 115:00 – in the 6″ Canteen Building
18:00 – from the window of the residency house
All performances will last somewhere between 15-30 minutes, the one at the residency house will probably be a bit longer.
All except the first one will be streamed live: www.twitch.tv/aloesmusic