MA Juhani Räisänen’s Public Defence: Sormina – A new musical instrument, November 4th, 2011, 12:00

Academic dissertation to be presented for public examination with the permission of the Research Board of the Aalto University School of Art and Design, in Sampo auditorium (Media Centre LUME), Hämeentie 135 C, on November 4th, 2011, at 12 noon.

Professor Todd Winkler
Brown University
DA Koray Tahiroğlu
Aalto University School of Art and Design



In his doctoral research, Juhani Räisänen has designed and constructed a new experimental electronic instrument. His aim has been to create a serious musical instrument that will be long-lasting, as the traditional acoustic instruments. The Sormina instrument is made of a handheld interface and computer software, which are connected wirelessly. The design is reflected in media art, contemporary music, and instrument building.

Räisänen has a long career in many fields of art. He started in theater, continued to be a musician, and is now interested in the possibilities of sound and video art. From 2006, Räisänen has performed with the Sormina instrument, both in Finland and abroad.Sound art made with the instrument has been published as part of the CD series Muu for Ears. In September 2011 Räisänen has his own exhibition in the MUU gallery in Helsinki, where he showed video art made with Sormina.

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