A dive into the diversity in contemporary kantele music, vol. II – Kantele competition

Two weeks ago, I went to follow the third International Kantele Competition in Helsinki. I was mostly interested in the Open - category, which meant non-professional musicians over 15 years, as I would have fallen into the same category. The variety of performances was amazing: improvisation on a 15-string kantele, looping and effects with an... Continue Reading →

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Using acoustic simulations in musical instrument restoration

Last February I attended the opening conference of the COST-Action Wood MusicK at Cité de la Musique, Paris. "This Action (WoodMusICK - WOODen MUSical Instrument Conservation and Knowledge) aims to combine forces and to foster research on wooden musical instruments in order to preserve and develop the dissemination of knowledge on musical instruments in Europe... Continue Reading →

Mechanical distorters in the kantele

This Wednesday instrument builder Jyrki Pölkki  (Soitinrakentajat AMF) came for a visit at the university to talk about musical instrument making. The thought that struck me the most was that unlike violin or piano, the kantele is not yet fixed in sound or shape, and thus it is easy to develop and introduce new features ... Continue Reading →

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