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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 practice, analytic music theory, and digital prototyping. Tekhnee is privately held and sprouted in Aalto University’s innovation center in Finland.

FAQs


  • Do you operate online or on-site?
  • Are your programs open? How can I get involved as a trainee or collaborator?
  • What is the typical musical background of your trainees or collaborators?
  • What is the role of motion-capture and other digital technologies in your 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 you financed?
  • What are your guiding principles?
  • Are you hiring?
  • Is your work open-source? What is your intellectual property policy?
  • What technologies do you employ?
  • Why Finland?
Do you operate online or on-site?
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 often provides Wacom tablets on long-term loan to online trainees.
Are your programs open? How can I get involved as a trainee or collaborator?

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 your trainees or collaborators?
Tekhnee’s programs and development projects are suitable for participants at various stages in their professional-track classical-music training, such as: 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.
What is the role of motion-capture and other digital technologies in your programs?

We do apply inertial sensors and other types of motion-capture devices experimentally in our performance-intensive programs. For instance, program participants and collaborators are often invited to wear one or more coin-sized sensors 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?

Pilot programs and field studies are available for free. Professional development workshops and artistic training programs are available at a fee. We continuously try to minimize our dependence on direct revenue.

How are you financed?
Tekhnee is funded by combinations of micro-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 your guiding principles?

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

Are you hiring?
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 your work open-source? What is your 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.

What technologies do you 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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