Happy 100th Birthday Finland!

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olavi_eronen_2007We are celebrating our great loving home country’s 100th independence birthday today! On this occasion I want to share my personal enormous thank you to all the Finnish war veterans and women of Lotta Svärd who saved us and kept our independence in World War ][.

I will specially send my gratitude and loving thanks to my dear grandfather and veteran Tarmo Kaarlo Olavi Eronen (1922–2017) who passed away this Fall, and to my dear late grandmother Tellervo Eronen. I miss you and dedicate this day to You. The oil painting to the right is from 2007. I painted it as a gift to my grandpa for his 85th birthday.

In honoring and celebrating this special day, here is my classical symphony Anima Dea featuring our national instrument kantele in a special way.

  • Avalkis: Anima Dea – Soulweaver Symphony (2013) [download or play the mp3, if the player above doesn’t show up] (3:31)

Whooper swan is our national bird and it is one of my great sources of inspiration. In the above national-romantic work (that is originally a fine art etching-aquatint, 2008) the bird also has a wing of kantele.

Here, here Finland for another 100 years – and a thousand more! kieli_suomi

Music Video: Avalkis – Scorpion (2017)

A post-apocalyptic ballad music video about end of the world. Footage from the poetic Sci-Fi film Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth (2017). I wish it will enlighten you. Read the lyrics here.

Check out all the music currently available for listening by Avalkis here.

About Soulweaver film and world of art:

Soulweaver at Hanko Film Festival – October 2017!

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Next Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth (2017) the film will be shown daily at Hanko Film Festival 2017 (Hangon Elokuvajuhlat 2017) – from October 19th – 22nd!

Kino Komissar – Hotel Bulevard. Address: Bulevardi 8, 10900 Hanko, Finland (at the same street as the Hanko’s Statue of Liberty of lions shown in the poster above).

– Free entry, bar is open! Film length is 36 minutes. PG-13.

SCHEDULE   *small changes can happen!*
Thursday: October 19th 17:00 – 22:00
       17:00  Rakkautta & anarkiaa Shorts     18:30  Soulweaver     19:30  R&A Shorts     21:00 Soulweaver
Friday: October 20th 16:30 – 22:00
       16:30  Soulweaver     17:30  R&A Shorts     19:00 Soulweaver     20:00  R&A Shorts
Saturday: October 21st 17:00 – 22:00
       17:00  R&A Shorts     18:30  Soulweaver     19:30  R&A Shorts     21:00 Soulweaver
Sunday: October 22nd 14:00 – 18:00
       14:00  Soulweaver     15:00  R&A Shorts     17:00 Soulweaver
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Read more about Hanko Film Festival at: https://www.facebook.com/hangonelokuvajuhlat/

“Animals of the future awaken in a memory of tomorrow”
Soulweaver (Sielunkehrääjä) is a poetic Finnish post-apocalyptic science fiction film of epic proportions. It is set in future Finland following the years 2839 – 3153. Cities of Earth are in ruins. Man is no more. New species have evolved. These are the last days of once flourishing blue Earth when an alien vessel arrives in the proximity of Earth…
Genres: Sci-Fi/fantasy/mystery/nature/drama.

Here is the Final 2017 Trailer at Youtube (2:47).

See you there, and stay tuned about Soulweaver news with this blog and:


kieli_suomiSuomeksi:

Sielunkehrääjä-tieteiselokuva esitetään päivittäin Hangon Elokuvajuhlilla 2017 lokakuun 19.–22.

  • Vapaa pääsy, baari auki! Kino Komissar – Hotelli Bulevard, Bulevardi 8, 10900 Hanko.
  • Elokuvan kesto 36 minuuttia. Kielletty alle 13 vuotiailta. Ylempänä esitysaikataulu.

Vuonna 2839 alkava tarina sijoittuu tulevaisuuden Hankoon ja Etelä-Suomeen. Itämeri on kuivunut. Tutut maamerkit kuten Vapaudenpatsaan leijonat ovat hiekan peitossa ja obeliski on kaatunut aikaa sitten. Tulevaisuuden eläimet ja uudet kehittyneet olennot elävät Maan viimeisillä elinkelpoisilla paikoilla. Kaupunkien rauniot toimivat nyt eläinten elinpaikkoina ja muistona menneestä, kun ihmistä ei enää ole. Tapahtumat alkavat kun vieras esine avaruudesta saapuu Maan läheisyyteen… Elokuvan traileri.

Thanks Worldcon 75 visitors! (Soulweaver)

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Photo: Artturi Salmela.

Many thanks to all of you viewers at the premiere of Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth (2017) and visitors in my Soulweaver exhibition booth at Worldcon 75! It was a blast. Special warm thanks for the heartful comments and questions at the premiere and at the exhibition. I appreciate it a lot and it makes me feel the 8 years spent in the project was something worthwhile and makes me want to continue making art and music.

Youtuber Evil GM interviewed me (Jukka Eronen) at Worldcon:


Visit this blog on news about other film festival presentations of Soulweaver to come, and wait for the upcoming DVD and Soundtrack CD.

Soulweaver Sci-Fi Film at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki – August 2017!

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After 8 years, Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth (2009–17) the film is now finally finished!

World premiere will be at this planet’s greatest Sci-Fi convention Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland, Messukeskus – Thursday, August 10th 2017 at 5:15 PM. Warmly welcome!

Also a multi-art exhibition will be held at at Worldcon 75 on every day in the Exhbitions Hall; August 9th–13th 2017.

See you there, and stay tuned with this blog and:

“Animals of the future awaken in a memory of tomorrow”
Soulweaver (Sielunkehrääjä) is a poetic Finnish post-apocalyptic science fiction film of epic proportions. It is set in future Finland following the years 2839 – 3153. Cities of Earth are in ruins. Man is no more. New species have evolved. These are the last days of once flourishing blue Earth when an alien vessel arrives in the proximity of Earth…
Genres: Sci-Fi/fantasy/mystery/nature/drama.

Here is the Final 2017 Trailer, Style A (2:47):


kieli_suomi Suomeksi:

Tulevaisuuden eläimet ja uudet olennot elävät Maan uudessa todellisuudessa. Kaupunkien rauniot toimivat nyt eläinten elinpaikkoina ja muistona menneestä, kun ihmistä ei enää ole. Tapahtumat alkavat kun vieras esine saapuu Maan läheisyyteen vuonna 2839. Yllä elokuvan Trailer A 2017.

8 vuotta tekeillä ollut post-apokalyptinen tieteiselokuva Sielunkehrääjä (2009–17) on viimein valmistunut! Elokuvan ensi-ilta on maailman suurimassa Sci-Fi-tapahtumassa Worldcon 75:ssä Helsingin Messukeskuksessa 10. elokuuta 2017 klo 17:15. Lämpimästi tervetuloa!

Elokuvan taidenäyttely pidetään myös Worldconissa joka päivä näyttelysalissa 9.–13. elokuuta 2017.

Nähdään siellä – seuraa uutisia täällä blogissa ja:

Elokuva on tehty nollabudjetilla. Se on rakkauden ja omistautumisen kunnianosoitus luonnolle, eläimille, elämän monimuotoisuudelle, kasveille, taiteelle, universumille ja tieteisfiktiolle. Tämän elokuvan lajityypit lukeutuvat scifistä fantasiaan, kauhusta runolliseen draamaan ja luontoelokuvaan. Sitä voisi myös luonnehtia uudeksi genreksi, luonto-scifiksi.

Music teaser: Grand Prix Circuit (Trance Remix) by Avalkis

For celebrating the soon starting Formula 1 season 2017, here is a sneak preview teaser from my upcoming trance / 80s & 90s style remix of Kris Hatlelid‘s awesome music soundtrack from the 1987 computer game classic Grand Prix Circuit by Accolade.

The final piece will have f.ex. 1980s style lyrics :). Stay tuned!

Drawing: A Stream of Tears (2007)

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A Stream of Tears (2007). Above is a version colorized with computer. Next to it here is the whole original pencil drawing also, 74×46 cm.

A sad yet gentle and hopeful image of a  girl sleeping in a stream of her own tears, surrounded by a misty forest. A white pigeon   her soul  flies away.

  • Girl with a pigeon seems to be one of my many reoccurring motifs also see the ending of Venus and the Dream Machine comic.
  • The image was used as a cover of my 2CD ambient album collection Kyynelten virta (2008).
  • Also used as a stamp.

Comic strips: Narcosis the Cat Meets Pixels and Rasters

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Narcosis the Cat comic strips #54 (2010) and #86 (2010-17). Inspired by the modern day digital printing errors of various kind, 1980s computer games with their low-resolution pixel style, and classic comic strip rasters.

Comic poem: Apokryfia – Venus and the Dream Machine (2011-17)

avalkis_gorki_ja_bantuApokryfia is my poetic series of graphic novels and comic strips. Graphic poems, if you will. The illustrations, visions and ideas often start from my sketch books that I’ve had as visual diaries since 2009. I usually carry the newest book with me wherever I go in case of wanting to draw an idea down.

The story of Apokryfia – Venus and the Dream Machine: it all began with a singular dot. In 2011 I decided to make a metamorphing or animating drawings out of sketch book #6 (Zeta).  I wanted to see out of curiosity what kind of visions would happen along the way from such small beginnings.  Meaning, in the 110 pages the images slowly transform and animate into the next image. Happenings and characters appear and disappear. It starts and ends with a dot.

Here is the final 8 page result as of 2017 when I drew and constructed the final graphic novel / comic strip. This was the core of it but there is additional left-over material that I might publish some day too. Especially if I hear interest from You, dear readers.

Everything you’re about to see and read is from my imagination without outer stimulants. Everything was improvised. (Except for the final color image that was partially inspired by the graphics of 1980s version of a Finnish cherished board game from the 1950s.) Now let us begin.

As a suggestion here’s a perfect psychedelic companion musical piece for listening while reading – Avalkis: When It Is Raining from My Arms (2001):


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The graphic novel as a short story poem:

Avalkis: VENUS AND THE DREAM MACHINE        Poem © 2017 Jukka Eronen

Venus passed a busy market street full of beautiful fertile naked women.

The images of strange beings in her mind merged with the memory of a girl from her youth. And all the animals she had always loved.

It all became a reality – just from mere thoughts. Who would’ve thought?

It was only a matter of seconds and by chance this even ever became a reality of its own.

This was all thanks to her dream machine.

She had purchased a peculiar machine from an old woman in a bazar tent; not knowing at the time how powerful it truly was.
In the corner of everything this thing made it all happen – it was a machine that created real life from dreams.

Her lips turned tulip red and began to blossom, her eyes turned into tears and her voice softened like a trumpet stuffed
with an orange in its mouth.

Touching the crystal images made every step easier for her. And for them. She could see and hear it all now clearly.

So it came, that Gorki and Bantu met for the very first time. They got frightened at each other at first, but when they saw there was nothing to fear they were happy to finally have found a friend. A much needed precious life form companion — a lasting friend that we all would like to have and hold in our hearts. Even for that brief moment that we call… life.

How different they were in appearance yet so similar in habits and everything else… and in dreams. They shared a mixed combination of all the good qualities that beings can have; supporting the other where the other was lacking in.

The encounter was brief yet joyous and full of excitement. It had been the most important handshake of their curious lives.

(And not one of those outrageously hilarious rope-pulling manoeuvres à la Mr. Trump, that no one was luckily exposed to in this universe.)

Now it was time to move on – and to let the tiny Venus find her way too.

Venus grew bigger and bigger, and swam to the shore of emptiness. Surprisingly she met Mr. Ambivalent there — a curious featureless fellow from Mars, that she tried to greet. But missing mutual language they didn’t really understand each other…

Still there was something universal in their essence and form of life.

A snake broke free from its fractal face. It crawled in hot dessert passing a black mirage walking by in the distance.

Perhaps the image belonged to a redeemer she was after?

Unfortunately it turned out to be something much more sinister. It was a Slave Dealer in the land of the dead.

Surrounded by poor fragile skeleton souls, a skeletal giraffe and their Dark Dealer master in between, a mysterious sign in the mountains gave her the last and only gleam of hope of ever finding peace.

The bird, a white pigeon, was firmly held by the dealer. After 3000 days of war, misery and struggle it finally broke free from its master’s shaking, tired and bitter grip. The bird merged with the Moon where it received its wings and force of light.

The pigeon guided Venus from this day onward – till the rest of her days.

Now Venus will flourish once again and drink ice from the fountain of Africa.

Where her home is.

The Sun became her… and after her.

 

Comic strip: Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

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“Fire Mask has a friend called Eyelip.”

“She follows him everywhere.”

“She is secretly in love with him.”


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! <3 This is from the comic strips of Narcosis the Cat Meets the Flapsticks.

Music: Avalkis – A Love’s First Kiss (2010 Symphonic Ambient Mix)

Due to request here is a 2010 symphonic ambient remix of A Love’s First Kiss by me from Disney‘s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) soundtrack.

This is a non-commercial unofficial mix made out of appreciation, love and inspiration.
Original song composed by Paul J. Smith and Leigh Harline, based on Frank Churchill‘s One Song.
No copyright infringement intended. Original music and composing belong to the copyright-holder(s).

Music: Avalkis – When It Is Raining from My Arms (2001)

cd_whenitisrainingThis is one of my most psychedelic songs from 2001. Yet coherent in melody. I used to play around with unconventional various rhythms; I’d like to get back there.

I have called this style of my music from this period as “Renewing Power Experience”.

From the album World Lies in Leaves (2001). This is the first time I publicly release this song on my web page.

This song was on my Narcosis the Cat Meets the Flapsticks comic book album’s (2010) music CD as When It Is Raining from My Paws. The CD companion featured ambient, avantgarde and psychedelic music to be listened to while merging into the comic book fantasy world.


Part 1: When Reality Comes Along
Part 2: Did It Come to You
` ` When it is calm reality comes along; then you can hear me calling true… Long time ago since I left everything where it was, still now it is raining from my arms; for the first time in world – it makes all come to life. ´ ´
Song and poem lyric © 2001 Jukka Eronen