A genre unto themselves

A genre unto themselves

"Playing it safe and following others was never an option for Eicca Toppinen. When faced with a career crossroads before reaching his twenties, he chose the unknown. And the unlikely international metal success story Apocalyptica was born."
Finnish music – music in Finland?

Finnish music – music in Finland?

"Transnationality has been a big thing in international cultural studies for the past decade. At the moment, there are several major research projects in the pipeline in Finnish music studies addressing issues across national borders."
Universal, national or Germanised?

Universal, national or Germanised?

"The turn of the 20th century is conventionally referred to as the era when the national musical culture of Finland was born. On closer inspection, however, we find its roots in the transnational context of general European art music, which also included the popular music of the day."
Iron Age jingling

Iron Age jingling

"Archaeological excavations in Finland have uncovered a large number of bells, pellet bells and other objects created for producing sound. These findings offer us a new, fascinating sonic window into the so far unknown soundscape of the Iron Age and complement the writing of history of more recent eras. "...
Homo musicus

Homo musicus

"A new Finnish research project is seeking to shed more light on the biological background to musical aptitude. A pioneering study at international level, it aims to understand the biology and evolution of human cognitive functions in music."
The art of playing records

The art of playing records

"A new book and a forthcoming doctoral dissertation give us a fascinating insight into the culture of DJs and DJing in Finland."
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On a clear pathway

On a clear pathway

"Combining influences like Finnish tango, Balkan music and Finnish pelimanni music isn’t easy, but they get it all to sound like just Sväng music. On their fourth studio record, I feel more pelimanni music presence than in a long time."
Mustonen's multi-mastery

Mustonen’s multi-mastery

"Olli Mustonen made his mark as both pianist and composer in his early teens, showing astonishing maturity in both capacities. But recordings have not kept up with his output promptly enough to allow the outside world to form a clear image of his development as composer: it has been 13 years since a CD of...
Radiant classics

Radiant classics

"Finnish actress Irina Björklund, now based in France, has been translating songs Finns love into French. Some songs on her second such album, La vie est une fête, are from the 1950s, but there are newer classics too."
Impressing debut

Impressing debut

"The members of the AR Quartet are young. (-) Still, the touch is mature to a degree that makes their self-titled album one of the strongest jazz debuts from Finland in many years."
A genre unto themselves

A genre unto themselves

"Playing it safe and following others was never an option for Eicca Toppinen. When faced with a career crossroads before reaching his twenties, he chose the unknown. And the unlikely international metal success story Apocalyptica was born."

Higher, wider, deeper – Editorial from FMQ 2/2014

"The 2/2014 issue of the FMQ highlights some fascinating examples of the latest findings of Finnish music research. The most recent research projects are looking even further afield. The key word in many is transnationalism; hence the focus is no longer so much on Finnish music as on music in and connected with Finland."
Taking Note 1/2014: Art music and digital media - a love-hate relationship

Taking Note 1/2014: Art music and digital media – a love-hate relationship

"The slow rise in online sales has not been altogether a bad thing for the producers of art-music CDs, because the turnover in these exceeds that of digital services. The trend is clear, however, and the markets are becoming increasingly competitive. How, then, will the sound-carrier markets for art music survive in the digital future?...
Finnish music – music in Finland?

Finnish music – music in Finland?

"Transnationality has been a big thing in international cultural studies for the past decade. At the moment, there are several major research projects in the pipeline in Finnish music studies addressing issues across national borders."
Universal, national or Germanised?

Universal, national or Germanised?

"The turn of the 20th century is conventionally referred to as the era when the national musical culture of Finland was born. On closer inspection, however, we find its roots in the transnational context of general European art music, which also included the popular music of the day."
Iron Age jingling

Iron Age jingling

"Archaeological excavations in Finland have uncovered a large number of bells, pellet bells and other objects created for producing sound. These findings offer us a new, fascinating sonic window into the so far unknown soundscape of the Iron Age and complement the writing of history of more recent eras. "
Homo musicus

Homo musicus

"A new Finnish research project is seeking to shed more light on the biological background to musical aptitude. A pioneering study at international level, it aims to understand the biology and evolution of human cognitive functions in music."
The art of playing records

The art of playing records

"A new book and a forthcoming doctoral dissertation give us a fascinating insight into the culture of DJs and DJing in Finland."