After nearly 20 years, I found I started making music as Summamutikka again. Here is the first release, a few no-nonsense 90s style goa trance tracks. 100% of the profts go to support Survival International and their work towards indigenous communities around the world.
In the past year I flew a few times, and rode buses, trains and cars in order to bring my beats to you, my dear lovely people.
This all is bad mojo for the planet, so it’s again time to offset some of this.
So I paid 50€ to Luonnonperintösäätiö, a non-profit foundation that buys off land for protection in Finland, with the emphasis on old growth forests. While to outsiders Finland may seem like the magical country of old forests and trolls, almost no old forests stand anymore elsewhere than the most northern parts of the country. In South Finland, less than 0,5% of the forests can be classified as old (150+ years), and only about 5% in the whole country. Here’s a good article about the situation with an English summary by Ilkka Hanski, one of the most (if not the most) respected ecologists of the country.
Also I sent 75$ to The Altai Project, an US based non-profit working under the Earth Island Institute. They do invaluable work in protecting the fragile and unique nature of the magical Altai mountain country.
While this may not be much, it’s still a gesture, and as they say, small streams flow down into big rivers…
The powers against our Mother Earth are strong and relentless, and they will stop at absolutely nothing except the peoples’ unwillingness to let the destruction go on. Just as an example, the location of Khan Altay has now been destroyed completely, and the land around the area is for sale. I had a hard time facing this last winter, my heart just can’t accept the fact that a few powerful individuals can choose to do such things. So, before “the massive tourist potential” of the Altai area is harnessed, there still are possibilities for protecting this unique land. More sad pics from the location are at Dmitry’s blog.
Hey, just some update about what’s going on right now.
I made that donation for Finnish ancient forests, 500€ from the latest gig fee + generous donations from friends made the fact happen that approx. 1000m^2 of Finnish old growth forest will be protected! Thank you everybody who made this happen!
Trance.lation goes as such: “Kim Åke has done a donation to Luonnonperintösäätiö, by which 1000m2 of Finnish ancient forest is going to be protected. The fund aquires permanent protection to all of the forests under it’s ownership. Luonnonperintösäätiö thansk you warmly for your donation for endangered forests in their natural state.”
The new album is going on great, I hope it would be a new Goddess Guerrilla, I have for the first time in six years or so comfortable space for working and mixing, and I’ve been getting some proper analog gear so I think it’s something to look forward to! ETA somtime next spring/summer.
I have also been doing remasters of many old tracks that are unplayable because of bad sound/mixing, I was thinking of making a separete release of them, once I have enough…
The CD version of Kotiin haltiakansan luo is finally happening, but I want still to work on some of the tracks… The quality is still not up to the level that would warrant a proper CD release. So keep waiting 🙂 I think this might be out in the spring too. Or then maybe make a double release from that and the new album? Will have to see.
It’s 21.12. soon, that means the winter solstice and the end of the world/dawn of a new era/doomsday of foil hat people… So light some candles and tell people they are beautiful, we need to support each other in the middle of this most dark time of the year! (yeah still waiting for snow here this year….)
I will donate my latest gig fee from the Belgium gig IN FULL to Luonnonperintösäätiö, to protect old growth forests in Finland. The sum is 300€, which totals to about 600 square meters of forest in average.
However, I will take on donations for two weeks before I pay, so you can contact me if you want to participate. (paypal, IBAN transfer)
More pictures from forests the organisation has thus far protected: http://luonnonperintosaatio.fi/suojelualueet
Every 5€ buys 10 more square meters of endangered old growth forests in Finland.
The fund I’m supporting works by buying old growth forest, and then setting it aside for protection. There’s little expenses, so most of the money actually go into buying land!
I will wait until 1.12. if other people want to participate, and then transfer 300+ all donations to the organisation.
Finland is often seen and advertised abroad as a country filled with vast wilderness areas, when in fact in southern Finland less than 0,5% of the forested areas can be considered as old growth (past the usual age of a forest “ripe” for commercial logging). And of these old growth forests, even fewer can be considered as so-called wilderness forests, where there are no signs of human activity.
In the long run, goal is to set 10% from my profits aside for purposes like this. Im recent years I’ve been so chronically poor though, that this has not been possible. So I consider this a delayed payment from the last few years 🙂
The latest (direct, it’s important!) flight to Brussels generated en estimated 370kg of co2 emissions. Old growth forests have been estimated to tie in around 2+ tonnes of co2/year/hectare. So 600m^2 is about 1/17th of a hectare, using this data I could say that the flight will be offset in less than three years. AND remember that if that same are would be felled, it would generate 12 tonnes of co2!
AND the fact that about 30% of all endangered species in Finland depend on old growth forests! AND the fact, that old forests are plain awesome! And I want to preserve awesomeness in all it’s forms 😀
And what else…? The gigs in Belgium and at Playground in Helsinki went great, it was fun to test the new tracks on the dancefloor, and play some more peaceful 8-bit style sounds for a change 🙂
The new album is progressing, still about 60% done, now been honing the tracks already finished before moving to new stuff. Style will still be closer to Kotiin haltiakansan luo, meaning more peaceful and atmospheric stuff as opposed to my old acid tracks… BUT! I have started aquiring analog gear & am building my own modular synth, so I’ve been thinking of doing a new Summamutikka album, throwing all stupid artistic ideas away, and just make an albums worth of blasting crazy morning acid tracks 😀 And also probably make new versions of some old Summamutikka tracks, there’s some material on the albums that seriously would be playable if I just mastered it again, and added maybe some analog bubbly sounds to give some colour to Dream Station’s signature sound…
I have been long concerned about the negative environmental impacts of my travelling, especially flying in cases when it’s nearly impossible to do the trip otherwise, like when going to Israel.
Starting from this moment, I will now give abut 10% of my each fee for environmental conservation projects.
The first organisation to benefit with a donation of 75$ is the Altai Project , who do important work in protecting the vulnerable Altai region in Siberia. Thank you Amanita Productions & all party people for making this possible!
The reason for this choice is my travels in that area last year. I was at once awestruck by the nature, and made very sad by thinking that in the future big challenges will be met it in this area to keep the place in it’s magical condition.
The Altai Project is a part of the Earth Island institute.
Respect the source!
New unique hand made fair trade shirts are also available! Click the image for more infoez.
Hmm, summer has finally hit us in Finland, too, and I have been playing in a few parties… Later in the summer I might be coming to Belgium, Israel & Russia, or then not, depending on the organisers of the respective parties. Stay tuned 🙂
Some pics from a nice daytime party in a park in Helsinki:
And a few pixx from a groovy night in squat Siperia (after the reclaim the streets party, which was also fantastic!):
Also Samu sends some more ideas for support:
Earth liberation prisoners support network
North American Earth Liberation Prisoners support network
I don’t necessarily dig all of the things some of these people have done, but the Earth is still going down a drain, and it’s pretty wrong that people get their lives destroyed for at least trying something. Try to learn the facts, use your own good wisdom… (yeah, sabotage is always a very complicated issue, but it has it’s uses.)
Och sama på finska:
Viime viikonloppujen kemut olivat eri onnistuneita, kiitos kaikille asianosaisille, jee 🙂 Seuraavaksi ehkä taas ulkomaanseikkailuja, saas kattoo.
Ja Samu sanoo jotta jos ei raha natsaa, niin voi lähettää sit vaikka stressileluja militanteille ekoninjoille. Mä en vältsyyn diggaa kaikkea mitä jotkut noista tyypeistä on tehnyt, mut se ei meinaa etteikö tää maailma olis menossa kierrätykseen, ja on ihan nasta homma et jotkut edes yrittää jotain. Yrittäkää ottaa tosiasioista selvää, käyttäkää harkintaanne… (joo, sabotaasi on aina vähän kakspiippuinen miekka, mut on silläkin paikkansa.)