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Akali Akali (stage name of Jean Philipp Oliver Viol) lives and works between Vienna and Berlin. His artistic focus spans from music production in the field of electronic and experimental music to the conceptualization of modern art works and performance art. He has recorded and toured with artists such as the minimal music composer Arvo Part or the Morphing Chamber Orchestra and written music for numerous theatre productions and dance performances in Europe as well as for a few awarded short films. His international activity as a touring session musician has taken him around Europe as well as the Americas and to remote destinations in Asia frequently. Coming from an academic background, Akali Akali has been exploring underground electronic music since 2012 and been active in the local scene under the monikers Akali Akali and Nego Yokte, having released a few remixes and collaborated with artists such as the Circle Sessions Collective, which brought him on the stage of the Fusion Festival in 2016. Akali Akali has trained in sound design during his academic years studying Computer-music and Media Composition and refrains from using pre-made loops, crafting his own samples and making use of field recordings to create unique sounds that match his musical language and suit every track he works on. His style is heavily influenced by artists such as Kangding Ray, Arvo Pärt, music of late baroque as well as polystylistic soviet composers of the early 20th century, such as Igor Stravinsky and György S. Ligeti. His interest in postmodern music and art initially brought him to investigate the broad possibilities of electronic instruments and digital sound design. Having a strongly emotional approach to art, he draws inspiration from traveling and meeting restless souls alike. He sees music as an equal to oral languages, and seeks to express the otherwise undefinable through sonic waves.
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