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  1. Sometime in the mid nineties I used to compose theatre music for Dawn Lintern, who at the time was directing avant-garde versions of Chekhov and obscure Icelandic theatre (we had the Icelandic ambassador turn up for that one) amongst other stuff. Watching her now I am reminded of the refrain from Dylan's My Back Pages - "Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now".
  2. Sorry for the delay in replying - busy packing for a house move! Pekko Käppi is one of my favourites: I have seen him a few times, both in Finland and London. I am not familiar with the other names you mention, but will check them out. Other favourite Finnish bands and artists include Värttinä, Antti Paalanen, Esko Järvelä (especially the Epic Male Band), Maria Kalaniemi, Suden Aika, Tuuletar, Ulla Pirttijärvi, Vilda, Duo Emilia Lajunen and Suvi Oskala, Frigg, Gjallarhorn, Hyperborean and Sväng. I have visited Tampere only once (for a Värttinä concert at the kesateatteri), but thought it was a very beautiful place.
  3. Terve! I am a big "Suomiphile", and a massive fan of Finnish music (folk mainly) and have been trying to learn the language for the last five years. Whereabouts in Finland are you from? Onnentoivotukset, E
  4. Seems to inhabit a similar musical universe of pain to Diamanda Galas, much of whose music was I think inspired by the AIDS disaster of the 80's and who is also something of an acquired taste; here's one of her more accessible tracks:
  5. Mary Coughlan Tuuletar Mari Boine Värttinä Laboratorium Piesni
  6. This. For some people, collecting stuff is more important than the music, as is often evident on this site with basses and other gear.
  7. Mari Boine's Eallin - 4/4 tune sung / played over a 5/4 drum pattern.
  8. Maybe try recording yourself playing something rhythmically complex on bass (using your DAW's metronome to keep in line with the DAW bars/beats) and then look at it in the DAW to see where the notes fall, and then try to program something similar using your sequencer?
  9. More folk-rock than plain rock, Tielle Heitetty by Finnish band Värttinä is in 11/4, and their track Kivutar is largely in 37/8, though I can't claim to have counted that one myself.
  10. When this topic came up some years ago, I remember suggesting that the term "gubbins-hiders" was actually more descriptive of their actual function on solid bodied guitars.
  11. Girls DO NOT just want to have fun. Apparently.
  12. https://www.gak.co.uk/en/peavey-milestone-bass-bk/89094 https://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/product/191223353037008--ibanez-gsr180-bem-gio-baltic-blue-metallic
  13. Thinking a bit more about livestreamed gigs, what about having hybrid gigs, where a small, socially-distanced live audience is augmented by selling online tickets too? This could possibly make gigs in small venues financially viable where they wouldn't otherwise be with distancing regs, and give the online experience more atmosphere at the same time. Again, it's just a thought, and hopefully others will have other, better, thoughts - what's needed now is some imagination and some new approaches, rather than just waiting for things to return to "normal".
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