Artist and composer Hanna Tuulikki is inspired by a desire to unearth our relationship with the lore of places and a wish to dissolve the dividing line that has been created between our consciousness and the more-than-human world. Though her practice crosses over a range of visual and sound-based forms, she works primarily with the voice, to create place-specific compositions and performances. Drawings and visual scores extend her work with sound, as a way to illustrate subject-matter, creative process, and, sometimes, elements of narrative.
Her best known work to date, Air falbh leis na h-eòin | Away with the Birds, is a multi-disciplinary arts project that has evolved over the past four years. It explores the tradition of mimesis of birds in Gaelic song. In August this year it will be performed in the harbour on the Isle of Canna, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.
For the Travelling Gallery, Tuulikki has created spinning-in-stereo, a composition for two voices, presented as a visual score, and vinyl LP. The piece adopts a traditional Gaelic spinning song, Oran Snìomhaidh, as the basis of a circular score. Beginning with elongated tones and ending with a steady pulse, the arrangement moves through fourteen revolutions, each with a different emphasis in terms of time, rhythm and/or pitch. As it turns on the record player, spinning-in-stereo echoes the cyclical, rhythmic nature of working with wool, from caring for the sheep out on the hill, to carding, spinning, and the waulking of the tweed, with it's renowned song tradition. The piece was initially commissioned by Screen Bandita as a live soundtrack to Werner Kissling’s film ‘Eriskay: A Poem of Remote Lives' (1935) for their Rebel Landscapes tour (2013).