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Esa Ruoho Bio in English:
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Esa Ruoho Bio in Finnish/suomeksi:
Määrittelemätöntä kohinaa joka saattaa milloin tahansa muuttua hitaasti suhinaksi. Materiaalia, jota Esa Kotilainen luonnehti näin: kaksi oskillaattoria jahtaa toisiaan. Merenpohjan syvyyksissä matkaava sukellusvene. Tyhjän hangaarin humina avaruusasemalla. Ei mitään tunnistettavaa, mutta järin tuttua kuitenkin. Ambient muttuu droneksi, drone ambientiksi. Tämä kaikki, ja vielä paljon vähemmän, kaikuu alumiinisesta kannettavasta jota kaitsee Esa Ruoho.

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Lackluster Bio in English:
Fed with early-to-mid 90s melodic electronic music, Esa emerged through a haze of free audio software, lo-fi samples and a desire to keep pushing until a soul (or just a bare hint, an outline of one) emerges through the collage.
No toy-synth, physical recording or radio station was safe from his grubby mits, no melody too frank, no beat too simple. Growing musically and learning technical tricks at a significantly slower pace than his ever-competitive peers, Esa was always destined to remain in obscurity, a permanent bubbling-under artist.
Yet, somehow, there was a demand for this very specific flair of innocence and frankness, and while nothing he did past his debut album Container ever had the staying power of such tunes as Thor's Magic Bathtub, Cull Streak or Starcell U.K., Esa still managed to keep crafting away, even with a very visible - and heavy - albatross around his neck.
Now, close to two decades since the release of Container, where do we find Esa at? On Bandcamp, releasing records with no promotion, of course! Approach him and ask him to play your favourite tune of his at a future gig - you might or might not recognize it. Or he might not have it. Either way, Esa will do his utmost to keep himself entertained during the set, without turning into a best-of jukebox effort.


HLER Bio in Finnish:
Heikki Lindgrenin (Vongoiva) ja Esa Ruohon (Lackluster) improvisaationallinen kollaboraatio, jonka tavoitteena on louhia uudenlaisia äänellisiä löydöksiä Perulaisen monofonisen Atomosynth Mochika XL -syntetisaattorin syvyyksistä. Heikki ohjaa tätä harvinaislaatuista aparaattia ainoana äänilähteenä, soittaen yksittäisiä säveliä, murinoita, naksunaa ja kohinaa joita Esa nauhoittelee ja prosessoi Ableton Livellä ja Renoisella reaaliaikaisesti.


HLER Bio in English:
HLER is a collaboration between Ambient / Electronic music composers Heikki Lindgren (Vongoiva) and Esa Ruoho (Lackluster) from Helsinki, Finland. They have been releasing music and playing live solo since the 90s and in 2018 they decided to collaborate with a minimal approach to sound. The rare and very expressive Peruvian monophonic synthesiser Atomosynth Mochika XL was chosen to be the singular sound source for the live performances. Heikki does sonic mining with the monosynth and Esa processes the results in real time with Ableton Live and Renoise. The outcome takes the audiences to a journey through the deepest depths of the oceanfloor, sends them flying with migratory birds along the Earth’s magnetic field, finally passing through the ionosphere’s static towards the Kuiper belt. And then gently return back to Terra with a purified mind.


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