This biography contains anecdotes that reflect on things and occurences influential to Niko Skorpio’s easthetics, concepts and tools of choice. As the artist considers art inseparable from life, we start from the very beginning.
Niko Skorpio was born in November 1974 under the sign of Scorpio. His disaffection to authorities and organised religion was revealed early, when baby Niko cried throughout his christening ritual1, protesting the priest’s gestures and continuously spitting his pacifier on the church floor.
Niko’s earliest musical imprint was disco in the late 1970’s.2 His quiet, introversive nature and tendency towards solitude supported his inherent drawing skills and attention to detail.
Second, getting to know computers and how to program them. Around 1984 Niko got his first home computer6 and took the initial humble steps in digital art, typography, programming and computer music.
In the early 1990’s Skorpio explored music in group context, co-founding bands that subsequently gained cult status.7 However, after discovering the possibilities of sample-based electronic music by way of industrial and techno, he left behind the bands and focused on computers and sample-based composition. This marked the beginning of a line of recordings collectively addressed as Hermetic Fusion Musick, released under his own name and various pseudonyms.
Studies in graphic design and subsequent work in the field, as well as independent study and practise of esotericism, meditation and related mind-expansion techniques supported and guided Skorpio’s artistic work.
In 1997, Skorpio founded Some Place Else, an independent record label as a channel to release his works, as well as collaborations and works by likeminded artists. In the following years, Some Place Else would release over 50 records and become regarded as a cult underground imprint worldwide.8
Skorpio’s work in sound, design and label managing extended to live performances and numerous collaborations with other underground electronic artists9. Several new experimental sound projects emerged sporadically during live and studio sessions.10 Some Place Else would also organise small concerts for local and international artists in their headquarters in Turku.
After years of work in music, design and label managing, Skorpio directed his focus towards video art and experimental film, and returned to study contemporary art. After receiving his BFA in 2014, he founded PARAFERAL, his studio and creative research facility, and an outlet for art productions11; another sign of his inherent DIY spirit and strive for independence.
Skorpio’s videos, photography, paintings and other works have been exhibited and published internationally. He is finishing up his Master’s studies in visual culture and contemporary art.12
Skorpio is working on a number of video, audio and a/v combined works. Continuing from past experiments and experiences, his current works are expressive, anarchistic, esoteric, abstract audiovisual collages and immersive installations where sound and images play an equal role.
Initial appearances of his new sound project TH€€€F13 have arrived as live performances and releases on PARAFERAL Sound. Taking cues from plunderphonics and generative music, TH€€€F focuses on live sampling of radio broadcasts and recorded music, creating immersive abstract sound collages, occasionally reminding of the pop music it plundered, mostly ploughing the fields of sound art and noise.14
- subsequently washed away as a symbol of spiritual liberation
- Boney M, Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer etc.
- “I Love It Loud” by Kiss
- Music video, as a piece of audiovisual art where (at best) sound and image are treated as equal components
- Heavy metal, an expressionist, escapist sonic playground for death, sex and anything fantastic and otherworldly
- Spectravideo SVI-328 mk.II
- Thergothon (1990-1993), Kadotus609 (1992-1996), Cold Once Turning Dust (1993-1997), This Empty Flow (1994-1996)
- See www.someplaceelse.net
- Ovro, Ibrahim Terzic, Kouhei Matsunaga, Black Sun Productions etc.
- Metaorganism, Hæretici 7o74, Rajapïnta, A\H, Reptiljan etc.
- See www.paraferal.com
- ViCCA Visual Culture and Contemporary Art; Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
- pronounced: \ˈthēf\
- See www.soundcloud.com/theeef and theeef.bandcamp.com