Inspired by the songs of the flowers and the jewelled insects, Kemialliset Ystävät have celebrated the transcendental power of ecstatic music since 1995.
The constantly changing line-up is led by a Tampere based artist Jan Anderzen.
Their recordings are the outcomes of chance reinforcing online collaboration methods and the high art of meticulous editing. They are not afraid to get lost in the archives hunting for the elements of future mind benders.
If contemporary music is a high speed train passing by then KY's music would be an orgy of light under a railway bridge.
A band member Lars Mattila experiences the music in spatial terms:
"There are worlds accessed only through our auditory system.
I hear a Wunderkammer of freestanding sound objects. Rhythms like sequences of seemingly random stuff laid out on the forest floor:
a pair of thrones, a Henry Moore sculpture, a watermelon, two thrones, a Moore sculpture, a melon... I trust the path to go on even if I can't see behind the hill.
There's motion, wether it be drunk driving or super human rapid eye movement. The sheer amount of detail makes it impossible to take everything in at once.
One's perception and shifting focus reshape the experience on each listen. I remember my visit to Cappella Palatina in Palermo where Normann architecture, Arabic arches and Byzantine dome form a harmonious whole. Various cultural and spiritual influences are recognised as equals.
The sense of space also brings to mind the end scene of The Lawnmower Man when the dude is trying to escape the virtual world."
One of our favourite features of the Trackformer is the step sequencer.
Circle is THE shape of music based on repetition.
Our impression of the Trackformer is that we will be spending endless fun filled hours together, breaking doors, exploring and ending up in beautiful unforeseen musical vistas.
The thing has a built-in speaker and it works with batteries so Trackformer is going to be a welcome guest to our future musical picnics.