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Tekhnee is an exploratory workshop in the field of classical music performance. Its creative playgrounds serve as research contexts at the intersection of classical performance practices, analytic music theory, and artistically unobtrusive technology. Tekhnee is privately held and sprouted in Aalto University’s innovation center in Finland.

FAQs


  • Are online programs available?
  • How are participants and collaborators involved?
  • What is the typical musical background of participants?
  • Do we use sensors in all our programs?
  • How many participants can you accommodate per program?
  • Are your programs available free of charge? Do you offer scholarships?
  • What fees apply?
  • How are we financed?
  • What are our guiding principles?
  • Are we hiring or seeking collaborators?
  • Is our work open? What is our intellectual property policy?
  • Music scholarship aside, what technologies and toolchains do we employ?
  • Why Finland?
Are online programs available?
The workshop is based in Helsinki. Some programs are available in nearby centers (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tallinn), while others operate online using synchronous conferencing technologies and tools (e.g. Wacom tablets). The lab provides Wacom tablets on long-term loan to online participants.
How are participants and collaborators involved?

Every effort is made to make Tekhnee’s educational programs ever more inclusive. The programs serve simultaneously as research platforms, therefore it is crucial that the participants’ musical background be aligned with current research needs.

What is the typical musical background of participants?
Tekhnee’s programs and development projects are suitable for participants at various stages in their professional-track classical-music training. Among them are, for instance, teachers of piano, voice, and orchestra instruments; pupils and intermediate students pursuing enrollment in special music schools; pre-college or college students of music theory; conservatory-trained but “lapsed” instrumentalists; and competition- or audition-bound performers.
Do we use sensors in all our programs?

No. Sensor usage is more frequent in the performance-intensive programs. Most participants will be invited to wear one or more coin-sized sensors on a regular basis during piano lessons and performance workshops. In rare cases you could be requested to accept a standard “non-disclosure agreement,” as a token of understanding that any information on the devices or associated pedagogic materials, to which you’ll be privy, will remain confidential. On their request, participants are given access to a complete log of motion data collected from their playing.

How many participants can you accommodate per program?

The number is limited and depends on current resources, the possible involvement of collaborators, and the number of active participants, among other factors.

Are your programs available free of charge? Do you offer scholarships?
Tuition fees are a significant income stream for the workshop, and the majority of slots are not free. Tuition-free opportunities are often available, however, either as part of a pilot program, or on a case-by-case basis. Efforts are under way to reduce the workshop’s reliance on fees. Subscribe to the email list and follow Tekhnee on Twitter to receive any relevant announcements.
What fees apply?

Unless you were referred to us by an affiliate organization, please inquire for information on fees. We will make this information publicly available once our online registration and payment infrastructure is completed.

How are we financed?
Tekhnee is funded by combinations of investment, grants, and fees. Earnest efforts are ongoing to minimize dependence on fees and to fund courses, especially professional-development workshops, through partnerships with educational institutions, academia, and arts organizations. The lab strives to adhere to the Sustainability principle of “Open Scholarship Infrastructures” (Bilder, Geoffrey, Jennifer Lin, and Cameron Neylon. 2015. ‘Principles for Open Scholarly Infrastructures-V1.’).

What are our guiding principles?

Academic integrity in research; artistic relevance in applications of technology.

Are we hiring or seeking collaborators?
While there is no position to advertise at present, the lab welcomes collaboration proposals or employment applications from individuals with up-to-date expertise in a range of areas, such as:
  • Schenker, partimento, thoroughbass.
  • Piano pedagogy (either in the form of piano lessons or as keyboard-based harmony or music analysis coursework).
  • College-level music theory, including harmony, form theory, and counterpoint, with fluency in the Russian- and/or Chinese language.
  • Inertial motion sensor data analysis, the Julia programming language, Pd, Mokka, etc.
  • Audiovisual technologies for documenting piano lessons and masterclasses.
  • Arduino/Raspberry Pi coding and basic circuit design.
  • MusicXML, MEI, music21.
  • Piezoelectric materials and e-textiles.

We are particularly keen on working with graduate students and junior researchers in any of the above areas.

Is our work open? What is our intellectual property policy?

Most of the resulting research is intended to be released in the public domain via academic and open scholarship channels. Until that happens the workshop counts on your confidentiality. Some of the ongoing work is patent-pending. In rare cases, especially when sensors are involved, you may be requested to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Music scholarship aside, what technologies and toolchains do we employ?

Among others: Swift, Julia, Pd, RStudio, OSC, music21, and the mbientLab platform.

Why Finland?

More reasons than would fit in this space: former affiliation of Tekhnee staff with the Sibelius Academy, a vibrant art-music scene, a penchant for innovation in education, proximity to Russia and its outstanding performance tradition, the open entrepreneurial culture and infrastructures, and much more.

Team

Founder & Research Lead

Dr. Yannis Rammos

Yannis Rammos is a pianist and music theorist with a Ph.D. in Performance from New York University and an active schedule of performances and academic publications. He has served in university piano faculties in the US and Europe. You may follow his work at www.rammos.co.
Sensor & Motion Capture Engineer

Dr. Vlad Marochkin

Vlad Marochkin holds a D.Sc. in Technical Physics and an M.Sc. in Electronics and Microelectronics. With over eight years of R&D experience in semiconductor technologies and startups, Vlad contributes precious digital expertise and design-oriented imagination at the intersection of art and technology.

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