Collections of kantele music: Digital Archive of Finnish Folk Tunes

Related to my earlier posts, I wanted to also show at the very least one resource for finding kantele tunes online: the digital archive of Finnish folk tunes. The tunes have been collected at the end of the 19th century by the Finnish Literature Society and later digitalised by the Department of Music at the... Continue Reading →

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Collections of kantele: The Finnish kantele museum and the kantele database

In Central Finland, about 350 km north of Helsinki, there is musicians' house, Palokan Pelimannitalo. And on the second floor of this house, there is the Finnish kantele museum. Gathered by the Finnish kantele researcher Kari Dahlblom, the collection features about 150 kanteles from Finland and around the Baltic sea. The museum occasionally features special... Continue Reading →

About studying the kantele at a later age

In Finland, kids normally have their first touch to the kantele in music playschools, or by latest in the elementary school, thanks to the project that started in the 1980s, "Kantele to school!". Some kids continue studying in music academies and conservatories, and a few reach the highest level at Universities of Applied Sciences, or... Continue Reading →

Mechanical distorters continued

After I wrote my last post, I learned about Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir, a doctoral student at Sibelius Academy experimenting with all kinds of materials on harp strings. Some very nice sound samples and videos about the prepared harp can be found at her webpage.   I am particularly inspired by the use of honey spoons between... Continue Reading →

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