Aihio is a duo by musician, composer and instrument maker Petteri Mäkiniemi and music producer and sound artist Ilpo Jauhiainen.
Aihio is a Finnish word meaning musical motif, sketch, a work in progress – a space where new ideas can emerge and develop. It was born when the duo was invited to present new work in the Musica nova 2019 festival’s Tribute to Pan Sonic concert, where they performed their composition together with musicians from the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at the Helsinki Music Centre, February 2019. Petteri plays Ginette, an electronic musical instrument designed and built by him and based on the French electronic instrument ondes Martenot, developed in 1928. Ginette has a delicate character in which a gentle touch of the hand is audible in the sound of the instrument. Ilpo operates “afrorithmic electronics" (Afrobeat influenced algorithmic composition), a generative music system he has developed in Pure Data and which creates small variations around the gestures made by the performer. Aihio is based between Helsinki, Berlin and Paris. 'Outlands' (2019) is their debut album.