Exclusively commissioned music: Dark Buddha Rising united with Oranssi Pazuzu

Roadburn Festival has always taken pride in the relationship that it has built over many years between attendees and artists. The threads that link those involved with the festival spin across the globe; bringing people together, creating a network where the line between friend, fan, performer and artist is blurred. The very foundation of Roadburn is the community that it is built upon, around, and within.

Alongside this, Roadburn has always sought to push the boundaries of creativity and expression. It’s a festival that specialises in “heavy music” but refuses to be restricted by a singular perception of what that definition means. The scope of artists that have performed at Roadburn is mind-bending and extraordinary – even to us, the very people that pull the line up together.

These two defining facets of Roadburn have been brought together for a brand new project – or rather, two brand new projects – for 2018. We’ve been inspired by those who tell us that Roadburn has offered them countless “once in a life time” experiences over the years; by people who tell us that the things they have witnessed at Roadburn just don’t resonate in the same way outside of the shelter of the festival limits.

For the first time, we have commissioned a two groups of entirely separate musicians to create music to be performed specifically at Roadburn. Today we’re thrilled to announce the first of those groups of musicians.

Familiar to most Roadburners, Dark Buddha Rising and Oranssi Pazuzu are combining their forces to write and perform a new concept piece especially for Roadburn 2018. The collaboration will be named Waste of Space Orchestra.

The performance will include ten musicians onstage plus an original video accompaniment, designed to tell a parallel story with the music. The ten-part, one hour piece is a dive into the consciousnesses of three beings – all of whom are on a search for deeper truths in comprehending reality.

The Shaman (Vesa Ajomo) is seeing oppressing visions from the bleak future of mankind.

The Seeker (Juho Vanhanen) is searching for the truth from unknown dimensions with secret methods.

The Possessor (Marko Neuman) is corrupting these individuals, manipulating them into his own sinister plan.

During a ceremony they manage to open a portal that will suck them into a different reality of brain-mutilating colour storms and ego-diminishing audio violence. The trio are forced to find their way towards equilibrium and in the process join their minds into one collective consciousness.

Waste of Space Orchestra is:

Vesa Ajomo – voice of the shaman, guitar
Toni Hietamäki – bass guitar
Niko Lehdontie – guitar, effects
Ville Leppilahti – keyboards, effects
Marko Neuman – voice of the possessor
Jukka Rämänen – drums
Petri Rämänen – deep bass guitar
Jussi Saarivuori – electronics
Jarkko Salo – drums
Juho Vanhanen – voice of the seeker, guitar

Nikos Giagoudakis – live sound
Kalle-Erik Kosonen – video art
Maija Lahtinen – costumes
Mikko Männistö – lighting director

The Waste of Space Orchestra performance will open the main stage on the first day of Roadburn 2018Thursday, April 19. Information on the second collaborative performance piece will be made available in early 2018.

The Waste of Space Orchestra is supported by Brabant C.

Date: April 19

Time: 15.40

Stage: Main Stage