A Busy Autumn for Arts&Media/Music Production Path


We have had a lot of exciting events and opportunities in the Arts&Media/Music production path this autumn.

Here are some of the highlights:

Future of Audio Education Conference

In September, Janne Tauriainen (Head of Music Production study path) participated in the Future of Audio Education conference organised by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and hosted by our long-time partner PXL Hasselt in Belgium. The conference brought together audio educators and researchers from four different continents: Europe, USA, Japan and Australia.

The conference offered a varied three-day program with peer-reviewed paper presentations, keynote presentations, workshops, panels, sponsor booths, technical tours and social events. The theme of the conference was relevant to every type of education institution as well as manufacturers, covering all areas of audio engineering. The conference also focused on networking and forging collaborations on an international education and research level.

Janne shared TAMK experiences and insights with other audio professionals and learned a lot from the other presentations and workshops. He also made some valuable connections with potential partners and collaborators.


Keith Shocklee Lecture

In October, we had a very special guest giving a lecture for our Media/Arts/Music production students. Keith Shocklee, a legendary record producer and DJ, was visiting Finland and had a two-hour session in our campus. The event was hosted by Paleface, a Finnish rapper and musician.

Keith Shocklee is best known as an original member of Public Enemy and the Bomb Squad, two influential groups in the history of hip hop music. He has contributed his talent to several albums including It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet. Shocklee also co-produced the singles “Bring the Noise” and “Fight The Power”, which were included on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time”.

Shocklee shared his stories and insights on the music industry, the creative process, the social and political aspects of music, and the future of audio technology. He also gave some practical tips and advice on how to make better music and how to succeed in the business. The lecture was very inspiring and engaging, and the students had a chance to ask questions and interact with Shocklee.

By the way: The term “hip hop” comes from the name of a style of dance that was popularized by DJ Kool Herc and his MCs at his block parties in the Bronx in the early 1970s. The term was coined by Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins, a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, who used it to tease a friend who had joined the US Army by scat singing the words “hip/hop/hip/hop” in a way that mimicked the rhythmic cadence of marching soldiers

We are very grateful to Keith Shocklee and Paleface for this amazing opportunity, and we hope to have more guest lectures like this in the future.


Text: Janne Tauriainen M.A.

Senior Lecturer / Head of Music Production Study Path

Degree Program in Media and Arts

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