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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Ikonen, Antti
dc.contributor.author Grayson, Ava
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-26T07:02:48Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-26T07:02:48Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/20496
dc.description.abstract This thesis discusses Äänijooga (sound yoga), an event series and practice consisting of yoga sessions done within an interactive live sonic environment. It documents the treatment of sonic composition and yoga routine by linking sonic and physical gesture, somatic philosophy, and discusses comparative practices and participants’ experiences during Äänijooga events. Gentle forms of yoga are done within a sound environment, and both activities are produced in a way as to reinforce and benefit each other. The practice of Äänijooga draws on listening practices such as soundwalking and Pauline Oliveros’ listening exercises and various forms of yoga and meditation. Äänijooga uses a multi­speaker setup, immersive and site­specific sonic environments built with MAX 6, and often uses projected audio­reactive visuals built with VDMX. The placement of projectors, number and placement of speakers, visual behaviour and aesthetic, sound selection and behaviour, and particular focuses of the yoga sequence/asanas are all taken into account each time an Äänijooga event is held in a different space. With certified Slow Flow yoga practitioner Reeta Partanen, we created four individual sessions where both practitioner and artist attempted to mutually shape participants' experiences through using aspects common to movement and sound: intensity, pacing, direction, and sequence. By using corresponding signals and cues in multiple media to guide a participant, the goal was to deepen an individual's presence, clarity, and relaxation, as well as encouraging them to gain new insight toward listening and their body. These sessions occurred in Arkadia International Bookshop, Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Lapinlahden hospital, and Oranssi Klubi. These sessions involved approximately 100 participants in total. Äänijooga as a series continues to grow, taking place in many well­established institutions throughout Helsinki such as the aforementioned spaces and Kiasma. It continues to be my personal and professional goal to establish Äänijooga as its own recognised practice, and introduce its practice and concept to as many different communities and audiences as possible. en
dc.format.extent 69 + 6
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Äänijooga: Wellbeing Through Sound and Movement en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.subject.keyword sound en
dc.subject.keyword yoga en
dc.subject.keyword sound environment en
dc.subject.keyword wellbeing en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201605262202
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Ikonen, Antti
dc.programme fi

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