The seventh Lau Nau album Själö – Original Soundtrack with Sound Environments By Janne Laine was released on Fonal Records on October 9th 2020. Format: black vinyl, limited edition color vinyl and digital. Cat no: FR-110LP

The album is a soundtrack to the film Själö – Island of Souls, directed by Lotta Petronella, produced by Made. The score is the sixth full original film score for Laura Naukkarinen and the third cooperation between her and Petronella.

Själö is a concept album musically. The pieces are one take live recordings, with some exceptions, as the human voices that are recorded afterwards and a few deliberated cuts. Lau Nau has created the electroacoustic sound world by modulating the pianist Matti Bye’s playing and tape loops through her modular synthesizer. The richness and the tension of the music is born in the moment.

The sound designer of the film, Janne Laine, has created an aural copy of the island of Själö by weaving the music pieces inside a thick net of field recordings made on location. We hear how the island breathes in the night time, how the morning rises after the fog disappears, how the lamps are lit in an empty field research center that for centuries was a mental hospital for socially transgressive women. The outcast women were kept there in detention to be observed, studied and measured – in much the same way as the scientists now focus on the surrounding nature at the research center. The space fills up with hidden memories as the invisible archives become alive. Whose stories are remembered and whose are forgotten?

The album is made in collaboration between Lotta Petronella, Janne Laine, Matti Bye and Laura Naukkarinen.

Själö – Island of Souls (Made 2020) premiered in March 2020 at CPH:DOX where it received the Special mention prize.

Side A
Rakas Sinä

Side B
Tomma stunder
Jäätyneen meren yli
Primula veris
Ön försvinner

Piano modulated live through a modular synthesizer with some post editing.

Laura Naukkarinen: modular synthesizer, Lyra-8, voice, additional field recordings
Matti Bye: piano, cassette tapes
Janne Laine: field recordings, monophonic analog synthesizer
Additional voices and sounds by Lotta Petronella, Anna Röllin, Lotta Mäki, Jasmin Inkinen and Katja Mäkinen

Compositions: Laura Naukkarinen and Matti Bye
Lyrics: Seppo Parkkinen, Lotta Petronella and anonymous.
Arrangements and recording: Laura Naukkarinen, Janne Laine and Matti Bye.
Production: Laura Naukkarinen
Mixing: Janne Laine
Mastering: Sami Sänpäkkilä
Graphic design: Lauri-Matti Parppei
Still photos: Maija Savolainen

Thank you:
Lotta Petronella, Ilona Tolmunen, Ulla Simonen, Johanna Tarvainen, Matti Näränen, Kerttu Hakkarainen, Jasmin Inkinen, The Archipelago Research Institute of Turku University in Seili, Ilppo Vuorinen, Jari Hänninen, Jutta Ahlbeck, Antti Tolvi, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, Musiikin edistämissäätiö