Open position (Research Assistant in Soundform Project)

Open position (Research Assistant in Soundform Project), DL 28.12.2018

We are hiring 1 full time or 2 part time student assistants – visual communication designers / programmers / sound designers / musicians –  to help us to create a visual soundforming interface!

Soundform is a practice-based inclusive design project aiming to make sound, music and performance more accessible to people with disabilities and anyone who would love to become active in this field. It is initiated by the Eucrea e.V. association for arts and disability in Hamburg, Germany and run at Aalto by Prof. Julia Lohmann of MA Contemporary Design and Academy Research Fellow Koray Tahiroglu of Department of Media at Aalto University, as well as the communication designer Gero Grundmann.

As part of the Soundform, Prof. Lohmann and students of the University of Visual Arts in Hamburg (HFBK) collaborated with musicians and performers from the Barner16 centre for arts and disability, London-based Drake Music and other experts. Participants researched, redesigned and invented instruments based on their experiences. The outcomes were presented and performed at the HFBK summer show. Soundform will continue with a symposium and inclusive, collaborative music/sound performances in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (TBC) in 2019.

The Soundform project team are now seeking to hire an Aalto student or students (with Hands-on programming skills in Swift and/or Objective-C or openFrameworks (OF iOS apps), Experience in Sound in New Media, Basic Knowledge in Digital Audio, Experience in User Interface Design and a great interest in New Interfaces for Musical Expression) to help us develop and program an inclusive, visual/sound interface for iOS tablet use, enabling access to sound experimentation, editing, learning and performance by connecting digital visual arts tools with sound making.

The position is fixed-term for two and a half months, expected starting day is 7.1.2019.

If you are interested, please contact Prof. Julia Lohmann ( and Koray Tahiroglu ( for more information. Deadline for contacting them is Friday 28 December 2018.

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