WOODEN TOTEM – MX2488 (totuus.012.dl)


totuus.012.dlWOODEN TOTEM has created a piece of music using a mixing console as their main instrument. The most of this track was made with a broken vintage Carvin MX2488 mixing desk. No internal feedback loops were created. By overdriving the preamps and routing the signal inside the desk, WOODEN TOTEM achieved a playable, adjustable oscillation. By adding digital reverb and delay, WOODEN TOTEM was able to achieve a spaceous sound. Further recordings were done using Korg Volcabeats and Korg Electribe ER-1 through delay machines. Very interesting soundscape, screams from darkness; during the passage the MX2488 is crying for help, hear its pain as it is leaving this world.

During this recording, a mixing desk was severely damaged and left for decay outside in the rain.

Have a miserable November.



Sumuposauttaja – Puhdistuskasetti II (totuus.011.dl)


After a while of silence, we bring you sound. Sumuposauttaja from Jyväskylä, Finland is here with his second release, Puhdistuskasetti II. Roughly an hour worth of miscellaneous ambient recordings and live jams with acoustic and electric instruments all played by the man himself, in form of a 60 minute C-Cassette mixtape.

Here’s the info provided by the author:


(Runttujärvi II)
Darkness Dis Appear
(I Like “Terve”)
Set Myself On Fire
Low Battery
Suuri hupsu
Kotona 2010
(Suuri hupsumpi)
She Saw Me (bonus)

Kultakala *
Jeesus on ovi
Veen alla
Spirit Of YK
Praying Mantis
(The Most Beautiful Spot In The Face)
Head & Shoulders

* Kultakala on omistettu kuolleiden kotieläinten muistolle. / Kultakala is dedicated to all the pets who’s passed away.

Played, recorded & mixed live to c-cassette @ Yokatu by SP.

Yamaha PSR-48, Casiotone MT-520, Hohner PSK20 (Elina), Yamaha Electone Organ BK-4B, Casio PT-30, Laney HCM30B Bass Amplifier, Sony Walkman, Philips D 6410 Cassette Recorder, Philips Mancca (Sky), Akai Head Rush, Ibanez DE7 Delay/Echo, JVC TD-W201 Stereo Double Cassette Deck, Stagg Amplifier, Alpage FL-4000 Stereo Cassette Tape Deck, Tascam Portastudio 414 mkII, Sony MDR-XD200 Stereo Headphones, Sony F-V120 Dynamic Microphone, Philips F7122 Vinyl Player, Kansanradio, Radioateljee, One Of The First Vocoder Machine, Merries, Madonna, Radio Hear



Ylinen & Alinen – Sana ja Alistus (totuus.010.dl)

coverartZheul is here again! You may open your present already! Here’s the first Long Play from progressive-ambient-duo Ylinen & Alinen. Be prepared for some ice-cold drone madness, progressive rhythms and occult ambient soundscapes. This time the download is free, consider this as a gift! Go ahead, put your headphones on, turn your subwoofer up or crank your volume for the ultimate Winter Solstice Cheer-Up with the happy folks of Ylinen & Alinen!

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Antti Saarilampi : Tranquil (totuus.008.dl)

Despite Finland being covered in thick barrier of clouds for approximately two months now, we finally saw the moon.

Kalervo Ahonen – Away From Omelas (totuus.004.vid)

Video material is taken from Dorothy Fadiman´s documentary “RADIANCE: The Experience of Light” (archive.org)


Discovering Cicada 3301 (2014)

Discovering Cicada 3301 (2014)

The ultimate web-puzzle / decryption and hacking game Cicada 3301 has been online for a while now. 

Cicada 3301 is a name given to an anonymous organization that on three occasions has posted a set of complex puzzles, purportedly to recruit capable cryptanalysts from the public.[1] The first Internet puzzle started on January 5, 2012 and ran for approximately one month. A second round began exactly one year later on January 5, 2013, and a third round is ongoing following confirmation of a fresh clue posted on Twitter on 5 January 2014.[2][3] The stated intent was to recruit “intelligent individuals” by presenting a series of puzzles which were to be solved, each in order, to find the next. The puzzles focused heavily on data securitycryptography, and steganography.

-Wikipedia on Cicada 3301, 2013/02/12

No-one knows for sure, what this is all about, but it is rather interesting.

UTU live at Bar Loose, Helsinki 22. January 2014

UTU live at Bar Loose, Helsinki 22. January 2014


What is TOTUUS?

TOTUUS is Finnish for

truth (usually uncountable; plural truths)

  1. The state or quality of being true to someone or something
    Truth to one’s own feelings is all-important in life.
  2. (archaic) Faithfulness, fidelity.  [quotations ▼]
  3. (obsolete) A pledge of loyalty or faith.
  4. Conformity to fact or reality; correctness, accuracy.  [quotations ▼]
    There was some truth in his statement that he had no other choice.
  5. True facts, genuine depiction or statements of reality.
    The truth is that our leaders knew a lot more than they were letting on.
  6. That which is real, in a deeper sense; spiritual or ‘genuine’ reality.
    The truth is what is.
    Alcoholism and redemption led me finally to truth.

     [quotations ▼]

  7. (countable) Something acknowledged to be true; a true statement or axiom.
    Hunger and jealousy are just eternal truths of human existence.

     [quotations ▼]

  8. (physics, dated) Topness. (See also truth quark.)


TOTUUS is an open community for persons wanting to push their limits further.

There are a few points we’d like to underline:

  • we publish media art. It can be anything from photographs to videos, from downloadable soundscapes to experiencable performances, from readable to listenable via viewable
  • we encourage to try something a person has never tried before, and is uncertain whether to do it or not to
  • we hate predictability
  • we love free will to express thoughts

Even though TOTUUS is now focusing on releasing recordings falling in to genres Ambient, Noise, Electronic, Kraut-influenced, Experimental and Alternative, we are trying to find new paths for our collective expression.

In a nutshell, TOTUUS is a freeform netlabel.

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