Aalto Media Lab

Sound in New Media

Sound in New Media MA studies combine art, design and media-driven aspects of sound design in the digital era, covering a wide range of disciplines, from concept design to live performance, and from storytelling to programming.
Sound in New Media

In the beginning of the 2000s in Finland, there was no degree education available for sound and music designers who had ambitions in the new and emerging context or methods of creation. In 2005, the Media Lab launched studies in Sound in New Media, which became a full programme in 2007.

Sound in New Media master's programme works in close association with the research group Sound and Physical Interaction (SOPI), founded in 2010 by Dr. Koray Tahiroğlu.

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Some of our latest student projects

New Children’s Hospital to feature birdsong and whooshing stars

The soothing soundscape designed for the new hospital was the first of its kind in Finland and unique in the world.

Student's working on New Children's Hospital soundscape

Student wins major award with mobile music app

“Openness is the way forward,” says Ilari Niitamo, winner of the Apple Design Award 2018.

Bandimal-sovelluksen avulla voi säveltää musiikkia. Kuva: Yatatoy.

Student-run ÄÄNIAALTO IV, festival of audiovisual oddity, takes over Helsinki

For the past 4 years, Ääniaalto, an audiovisual festival led by students, has been growing from an office floor meetup to a full scale, one month lasting festival in one of the most culturally central areas of Helsinki.

Ääniaalto Festival III

New Children's Hospital Soundscape Project

The New Children’s Hospital in Helsinki is the largest children’s clinic in Finland having patients coming from all over the country. The hospital won the 2018 Finlandia Prize for Architecture shortly after it was taken into use. The soundscape of the New Children’s Hospital was designed and implemented by Sound in New Media, Master of Arts, students from Aalto University’s Media Lab under the instruction of University Lecturer, Antti Ikonen.

Listen to the sounds
Students’ soundscape fills the New Children’s Hospital

People of Sound in New Media

Esa Onttonen

Esa Onttonen

Department of Media
University Teacher
Antti Ikonen

Antti Ikonen

Department of Media
Lecturer

News from the Department of Media

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MA in New Media Master’s Thesis Presentations

Autumn's MA in New Media Master’s Thesis Presentations
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Creativity Unfolded — a new blog series

Aalto is home to creative minds and we want audiences also outside our community to get inspired by our amazing and innovative work!
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The Helsinki School: The Nature of Being Volume 6, presented at Paris Photo 2019

The Helsinki School: The Nature of Being Volume 6, published by Hatje Cantz is now here and was presented for the first time at Paris Photo 2019!
Kuvassa on professori Vesa Välimäki kuulokkeet päässään ja hänen vieressään akatemiatutkija Koray Tahiroğlu, joka soittaa yksikielistä monokordia. Kuvaaja: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.
Aalto Magazine, Research & Art Published:

Ironing tunes

Technology can make an instrumentalist out of anyone. The brain loves music, but you need to be careful with the ears.

Aalto Media Lab

The Media Lab was founded in 1994 and is now a part of the Department of Media at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of the Aalto University.

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