Experimental short film. 6’00”, 35mm.
Optinen ääni is a film by Mika Taanila based on the live performance of Symphony #2 for dot matrix printers in Helsinki in 2001. The film intercuts close-ups of the mechanical parts of the printers performing the piece, taken from surveillance cameras placed inside the machines, with images of the ASCII files’ score being played, which has been photocopied straight onto clear film without the use of a camera. These live images are contrasted with time-lapse footage of large modern office blocks shot from the streets, at dawn and dusk, in Helsinki. Optinen ääni continues the series of films by Mika Taanila which deal with technology, humanity, and futuristic ideas.
Optinen ääni (Optical Sound) was co-commissioned by SPACEX and LUX, with support from Arts Council England through South West Screen and Film London, funded by: Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki / Perttu Rastas, AVEK / Milla Moilanen, SES / Finnish Film Foundation / Marja Pallassalo, Petri Rossi in association with YLE TV1 Co-productions / Sari Volanen
Director: Mika Taanila
Script: Mika Taanila
Photography: Jussi Eerola
Sound: Olli Huhtanen
Editing: Mika Taanila
Music: Emmanuel Madan, [The User], Thomas McIntosh
Production: Kinotar Oy