Reseach Council of Finland granted funding for Professor Otso Aavanranta’s research of electronic music as environmental sonic art

Otso Aavanranta received almost 550 000 euros for his Academy Project ”ExoSound: artistic, technological and social prospects for environmental sonic arts”.

Professor Otso Lähdeoja works in Uniarts Helsinki's Research institute. Photo: Hanna Koikkalainen

The Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities provides funding for excellent, high-impact and innovative research and promotes open science and research. Academy Project Funding aims at both scientific and societal impact and scientific renewal.

The ExoSound research project investigates and develops artistic, technological and social prospects for participatory electronic sound arts that take place outdoors.

The Academy project aims to develop lightweight, weatherproof, and wireless tools for environmental sound practices. These appliances form the basis for shared sound practices that work in relation to outdoor environments, their soundscapes and special features. The project also investigates the social dynamics of sound practices transposed to an environmental and public space.

“Emphasis on solid fundamental research and the scientific and societal impact it can generate”

The Research Council of Finland’s Scientific Council for Social Sciences and Humanities decided on funding for 40 new Academy Research Fellows and 61 new Academy Projects, which involve a total of 76 subprojects. In this round, the success rate for Academy Research Fellowship and Academy Project applicants was approximately 13 per cent. The total funding comes to around 22 million euros for Academy Research Fellowships and around 35 million euros for Academy Projects.

According to Professor Petri Karonen, Chair of the Scientific Council, funding was awarded to a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and the best proposals placed emphasis on solid fundamental research and the scientific and societal impact it can generate.

The funding decisions were made taking into consideration the variety of fields in the Scientific Council’s domain. The applications submitted in the Scientific Council’s fields were reviewed in 19 panels. Many of the review panels in these fields are multidisciplinary, and this multidisciplinarity is also reflected in many of the applications that were selected for funding.

The funding is granted to the host research organisations, which manage the use of the funding. The Research Council of Finland monitors the impact of funded research.