Finnish YouTube user Ishexan
has uploaded seven English subtitled movies in parts: Broken Blossoms
), The Gipsy Charmer
), The Tragedy of Elina
), The Activists
), The Wooden Pauper's Bride
), and Sampo
), which is based on the epic poem The Kalevala
. The films are mostly Finnish, though Aelita
is a silent Russian sci-fi film, and Sampo
was a joint Finnish and Soviet production. More film clips inside (mostly Finnish documentaries and "dorky musical numbers"). [more inside]
"How did the contact with Keane come about?
/ Completely randomly.
A friend of the band's, bought one of my prints from a mutual friend's shop. The band saw the print in his house and said 'this is the person we have to work with on our next album artwork'." Sanna Annukka
on MeFi) discusses
how she came to illustrate Keane's album, Under the Iron Sea
, and singles, the artwork of which is playful
, and folklore-like
in feel. [more inside]
Anglo-Finnish artist Sanna Annukka
's vibrant, flat design work (especially her Icons
series) got me curious about her, well, iconography.
She mentioned The Kalevala previously
, the Finnish national epic poem (in Finnish here
), a tale of creation and heroism that arguably spurred the Finns to independence from the Russians.
Like so much else epic and awesome, it spawned a '70s prog band, with three albums
is the national instrument of Finland,
strongly associated with traditional Finnish folk music
. A psaltery
-like string instrument of somewhat obscure origin
, it prominently figures
in the Kalevala
. Despite this association with the past, the kantele is very much a living instrument- it was used in the soundtrack to "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" for its "pure, chilly sound"
, and electric kanteles have been made
. [more inside, with sound samples]
I am wanting, I am thinking To arise and go forth singing
The Kalevala is an epic poem written by Elias Lönnrot in the 19th century. Definition
. Suitable musical accompaniment
. Previously mentioned here