Centre for Music and Technology
The study of music technology focuses on a combination of the technology used to produce music and creative music performance and research. In the music technology programme, you will become a highly skilled specialist in both music and technology. The department is a tight-knit unit of approximately 60 students.
The study of music technology at Sibelius Academy focuses on a combination of the technology used to produce music and creative music performance and research. You can complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in the programme. The main areas of teaching / learning are:
- Electro-acoustic music
- Music recording and production
- Film and game music
- Media and sonic arts
- Digital technology in music
- Live sound engineering
- Music technology oriented tool making
- Digital music tools
- Interactive skills and methods for recording and sound production professionals
The music technology department provides teaching in small groups and one-to-one. The studies include studio work, lectures, workshops, and master classes. The teachers are experts from Finland and from abroad.
One of the most important partners for the music technology department is the Aalto University’s media laboratory Sound in New Media.
University of the Arts Helsinki’s music technology students can attend courses and workshops at the media laboratory and develop professional and social contacts with its students.
In the music technology programme, you will become a highly skilled specialist in both music and technology. As a graduate from the music technology programme, you can work as a sound engineer, producer, sound designer, stage sound mixer, film music and video game music composer, sound artist, composer of electroacoustic music, digital musician, designer of digital music instruments, digital audio editor, and music technology tools developer. The core of knowledge and skills for all graduates from the music technology programme is familiarity with the different styles and genres of music, sound, sound effects, as well as music technology tools and methods. Music technology graduates, as a default, listen to a diverse selection of music and are aware of the reasons for their artistic choices.
The Sibelius Academy’s music technology programme launched in 1998. Since then it has grown ties with other degree programs in music, theatre and media art in various schools both in Finnish and international contexts. With the introduction of the University of the Arts Helsinki and the Helsinki Music Centre, the music technology programme has new possibilities to expand its activities further.
SAMA: Sound Art & Sonic Arts education
The education in sound art and sonic arts combines the knowledge of UniArts’ three academies: Sibelius Academy, the Academy of Fine Arts and Theatre Academy Helsinki. SAMA is a University of the Arts pilot program to develop mobility and collaboration between the academies.
In addition to the permanent staff, the music technology department is regularly visited by international experts. The department has previously been visited by Robin Minard, Ludger Hennig, Leigh Landy, Jim Anderson, Robert Normandeau, Wayne Siegel, Roland Cahen, Marko Timlin, Derek Holzer, John Richards, Francesco Giomi, John Young, David Griesinger, Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Bob Katz, Andrey Smirnov, Natasha Barrett, Dinah Bird, Ka Ho Cheung, Dorit Chrysler, Josep Comajuncosas, Simon Emmerson, Charles Dye, Shinji Kanki, Michihito Mizutani, Henrik Möller, Jean-Philippe Renoult, Denis Smalley, Jean-Claude Risset, and Jukka Ylitalo.
- Decoster-Taivalkoski Marianne (Head of Department)
- Huttunen Miikka
- Norilo Vesa-Petri
- Romanowski Otto
- Takala Päivi (Lecturer in applied music)
- Hemmi Risto
- Mahlamäki Sandra
- Takala Päivi
- Moreno Josué Pietro
- Bonsdorff Markus
- Klemola Sami
- Schlienger-Tuomi Dominik
- Strahlendorff Matti
- Heinonen Matti
- Olarte Alejandro
How to apply
Applications to the music technology programme are invited every two years, and seven to eight new students are accepted. The next application period is in 2017. The entrance examination in music technology has several stages. These include a written work demonstration, a written examination, practical workshops, and an interview with an audition on a musical instrument. The selection board is interested in the applicants’ musical and sound arts-related background, their motivation for music technology studies, their possible practical experience, and their artistic orientations.
Further information on the entrance examinations will be available on the University of the Arts Helsinki website in January 2017.
Research and doctoral study
The first doctoral student of music technology began his studies in 2010. Earlier research activities were driven from outside the centre. Now there is a synergy towards more research activities involving and representing the interests of the entire community of our centre: staff members, doctoral students and other students. Our research activities are mainly practice- based at the moment and many involve artistic experimentation.
The methods of research include the following:
- Independent artistic research project
- Artistic research project in a group
- Development of computational ideas and applications
- Extensive projects
Current research projects
- Acoustic Localisation Techniques for Interactive and Locative Audio Applications
- Electroacoustic music performance and improvisation: a pedagogical toolkit
- Narrative in Acousmatic Music
- Research Group in Interdisciplinary Improvisation
- Software Tools for Electroacoustic Improvisation
- Sound & Motion Research Group
Art created in the music technology department is connected to both study and research: it either supports them or is created by them. Artistic activities in the music technology programme include student concerts, performances of visiting international teachers or other composers’ works, recording Sibelius Academy productions, and collaborations in staging performances of contemporary music, multimedia events, and electroacoustic music.
Six well-equipped studios at the Helsinki Music Centre are available for music technology students. The studios are used by all Sibelius Academy students with music technology students as one of the biggest user groups. The studios are also rented out as necessary. If you are interested in renting a studio, please contact Head of AV department Marko Myöhänen at marko.myohanen (at) uniarts.fi.