The Archi-VR: Archived Memories with Cohesive Sense of Reality through a 3D audio content


Our Cross-platform artistic design research in Archi-VR proposal is condensed in the ultimate form of an artistic work – an immersive auditory space with virtual reality sound. The artistic outcome of this research will be targeted towards Finland’s 100 year celebration, where the theme of ​Finnishness is reused & remixed with archive materials from three broadcasting networks – Finnish YLE, Swedish SVT and Norwegian NRK. Building on the tradition of classic radio plays, we aim to create an immersive space where diegetic sounds from three country’s archive organizations are used in a single dramaturgy.

KET – audiovisual artproject


The work is a audiovisual performance with Thomas Bjelkeborn and Koray Tahiroğlu as musicians and video artists on stage for a live sound and video experience. The work involves music and video created live from images and sound of an old women singing on the language KET. Her singing gets expanded and evolves into a contemporary audiovisual performance. Both Thomas and Koray are involved in development of new ways for human interaction for live performance.

Past Projects

Network Of Intelligent Sonic Agents – NOISA


The research Networks of Intelligent Sonic Agents – NOISA studies a new way to inquire the engaging relationship we have with digital artefacts and new media practices. The main argument here is that NOISA provides an intelligent system, that acts to maintain and deepen the users engagement by learning from the user behaviour while interacting with digital environments.

The Notion of Participative and Enacting Sonic Interaction (PESI)

pesiPESI deals with designing new ways of interacting physically with digital sound in more aesthetically engaging forms. The research aims to increase the potential affordances of digital technologies to create interactions that challenge the notion of expression in collaborative music performances and result in making new forms of music. – Academy of Finland (pr. 137646).We have been also developing a repertoire to be performed with the PESI system.

Flexible Interactions and Devices (FLINT)


This research consists of explorative work on interactions technologies which are especially designed for flexible and deformable form factors. The research activities are divided into two topical areas and tasks: continuous and dynamical audio and tactile feedback in deformation-based interactions, and deformation-based input and output in non-verbal communication and in other implicit interaction applications. – joint research project with Nokia Research Center.

New Interaction Solutions (NIS)


The research focuses on expressiveness of multimodal interaction. Whereas typically interaction research aims to optimize the interaction in terms of efficiency and ergonomics, here the aim is to use the interactive technologies for expressing emotions and feelings. – joint research project with Nokia Research Center.


Designing for Embodied Interaction with Sound


This research intends to build on the work that has already been completed within the field that has centred on embodied and enactive approaches to the design and construction of Digital Musical Interfaces (DMI’s) and New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). However, the focus of this research is centred around the experience of users of such interfaces.


Human Emotional Interaction (HEI)


This project aims to take yet another step further in the evolution of communication by focusing on the emotional aspect. The intention is to develop a platform that enables research and development of emotional communication and interaction. – joint project with Nokia Research Center.



SoundsCollective is cross-disciplinary project among music performance practices, sound interaction design and computational model of social interaction. The project is a joint effort by the Department of Media Technology and the Sound and Physical Interaction (SOPI) research group in the Department of Media to tackle the notion of participation, embodiment and human-human interaction in sound related activities through the framework of enaction.

Raja – Interactive Dance Performance


Raja is an interactive dance performance, a joint project together with Nokia Research Center, utilizing motion-tracking technology with the creation of real-time music of the dance piece.




The students and researchers of the three Aalto schools work and study at geographically separated locations, and therefore rarely interact with each other on a daily basis. To increase the feeling of social unity, this project opens a virtual window between the separate Aalto campuses. – joint research project with Jari Kleimola, Palash Mukhopadhyay and Dipti Sonawane.


Design Fest

Design Fest is a 3-D service platform implementation for virtual customer interaction. Design Fest project is a new kind of mix of web portal, web shop and hi-quality campaign site that celebrate finnish brands who are part of Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 project. The project was collaboration between Media Lab Helsinki/ Department of Media, Media Factory and Innofactor. Heikki Sillanpää designed the sound effects and background ambiance. The main sound design strategy was to combine elements of synthesis from natural and unnatural sound sources. In the final version, the system itself acted as an musical instrument.