Meditative without fading into the background, beautiful if somewhat disturbing, harsh frequencies balanced by enveloping synth chords, Aleksi Perälä's music constantly engages through rhythmic irregularities, arpeggiated microtonalities and other borrowings from non-Western music, including Indian, South East Asian and African tunings.
More than 20 years ago, Rephlex records signed Perälä after he bombarded them with IDM-styled demo tapes under the moniker Ovuca. His palette evolved and expanded into a lush tapestry as Astrobotnia, leading to more minimalist releases under his own name while he studied music technology and experimented away from his classical piano training. With Rephlex co-founder Grant Wilson-Claridge they set off on experiments that tied music theory, philosophy, science and mysticism together, and invented a microtonal tuning system named Colundi. Unleashed in practice as a series of digital releases in 2014, The Colundi Sequence has already reached Level 16—headed for the magic number of 21. Enthusiasts and followers of Colundi now reach around the world, forming an almost cult-like clan of contemporary electronic music futurist-mystics.
In the studio and live, Perälä keeps his setup simple and intuitive, preferring to focus on the human body, mind and soul connection with Colundi that allows him to play with the harmonies that translate into his music. His rhythmic set of linear-leaning IDM at Vancouver's 2017 New Forms Festival lead him into a year of transcendent sets at clubs and festivals from Primavera Sound to Waking Life. He comes to MUTEK ready to unfurl the depths of the Colundi system to the ready and to the uninitiated.