Aina on tänään

by Maija Hynninen

It is always today

Empty sheet

Maija Hynninen

Aina on tänään



All days begin from a single day

As I walk I clutch a stone in my hand

From words island, from the island the boundaries

Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen (2013)

Radiophonic piece It is always today is a journey into oneself. The narrator is on an island and becomes an island. Before the piece begins there has been a tragedy, which leads the narrator into isolation. The French texts by Elke de Rijcke, describing an airport space, paint a picture where the affections are "torn to pieces in the agonizing cold". Icy shell of these frozen feelings grow over the narrator and she/he is alone with her/his thoughts. The transformation from this lonely space begins into another one, that is full of life. After the ice rind has flaked and freed the narrator she/he steps onto a busy street and a comfortable warmth of a Parisian cafe. Decisions have been made to lead a life how one desires. The journey begun from a single day, that could be any day, or today. It is comforting to realise that it is always today.

Jussi Lehtonen, Finnish poems

Noora Dadu, Finnish poems

Fabienne Séveillac, French poems

Davide Giovanzana, French poems

Fabienne Séveillac, female voice

Juho Laitinen, electric cello

Jozsef Hars, conductor

Hanna Kinnunen, flute/piccolo

Lauri Sallinen, clarinet/bass clarinet

Miikka Saarinen, trumpet

Tommi Hyytinen, corno

Saara Olarte, harp

Petteri Kippo, percussion

Mirka Malmi, violin

Carmen Moggach, viola

Juho Laitinen, cello

Maija Hynninen, electronics and editing

Anders Pohjola, mixing

Maija Hynninen, recording

James Andean, recording

Davis Ozolins, recording

Andreas Bick, recording


Fixed media, 2 channels


Multimedia Works




VIlja-Tuulia Huotarinen, Elke de Rijcke


First performance in radio 7.9.2016, YLE Radio 1


I Isolation, ice rind II Search III Transformation, flaking of the ice rind IV Conclusion, liberation

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Commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company

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