PERFORMANCE: The Sound Universe of Cinema

Vega Salongen
A Foley Artists creates the details and richness of sound in film, recreating and expanding the sensation of the soundscape. The sounds you see, the sounds you feel, and the sounds you never even could imagine.

World renowned foley artist and sound designer Heikki Kossi from Finland has been doing sound for film for decades. With more than 400 films on his track record, with Oscar winning titles such as Sound of Metall (Oscar for Best Sound + Editing), The Underground Railroad, Compartment No.6, Eskil Vogts The Innocents and a long list of documentaries like Oscar-nominated The Distant Barking of Dogs or A House Made of Splinters (screening at MIRAGE).

Heikki is coming to MIRAGE to do a foley performance and workshop, demonstrating how sound can come to life, and how the slightest of changes in the sound can change the sensation and even the meaning of how we perceive a scene. Based on scenes from some of his many films Kossi will create live foley on stage, demonstrating his many weird techniques used. He is bringing along a collection of "stuff" from his overfilled studio outside Helsinki. Showing some of the interesting and funny little things needed to make the weirdest of sounds. Torn out cassette tapes can become the sound of wind in the grass, 200 pairs of shoes that all sound different when walking on gravel or sand, and God knows what he uses to bring life to the cinema experience.

Heikki will show how the cinema experience can be expanded, how the way we see, and what we see can be changed our enhanced, going into detail about his methods and approach to create “the sound univers”. The sounds we see, the realistic sounds and sounds we could never even imagine.

This performance is supported by The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute and the Norwegian Film Institute.

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