Sound Design


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Course description

Apply to Rhythm Academy’s ‘Sound Design’ course! The course will introduce you to sound design from the viewpoint of digital music production. Topics to be covered include using basic functions of synthesizers to create sounds, creating effects, mixing, and taking frequency ranges and stereo image into account when creating a soundscape. The use of completely new sound material will also be discussed: how to record material in nature and import it to a digital environment for editing, as well as how to create songs first with demo sounds and then switch them to the best possible sound options.


The main instructor and Zoom-meeting host will be Toni Kurkimäki. With a 30-year career as a DJ, Toni ‘DJ Tony’ Kurkimäki is an expert in electronic music, having started making music in the early 1990s with an Amiga computer and a sampler. His best-known music project, Syna, has achieved international renown in electronic music circles. Besides his active career creating music, he also works as a radio journalist.

In addition to Kurkimäki, experts Jarkko Ripsomaa and Tommi Lindell will voice their thoughts and experience on sound design in the course material. Jarkko Ripsomaa is a composer-producer and ‘synth wizard’, who has over 20 years of experience in producing electronic music. Ripsomaa is also an artist in the band Aurium, and has created music for many ensembles, such as Poju, Hausmylly and Sandman. 

Tommi Lindell is a musician and composer from Helsinki, who has worked in various roles in Finnish music. He has experience from playing and ‘electronic wizarding’ in numerous bands and record productions (for instance RinneRadio, Raptori, Neljä Ruusua, Tommi Läntinen, Sami Saari), as well as for TV shows, theatres, and modern circus performances. Lindell has published his own music under the names Lindelltronics, Lindellandia and LNDL, among others. 


During the course, you will learn to understand how to form, create and modify sound waves. The objective is that course participants learn what equipment and techniques they can use to create natural and synthetic sounds, and how to modify and record them.

Course delivery

Anyone who lives in Southern Ostrobothnia and is interested in sound design and making and producing music can apply to the course – no prior training is required.

The course includes a comprehensive set of instruction videos created by the three instructors, as well as interactive Zoom-meetings. In addition, students will complete an assignment and receive feedback and improvement suggestions from the main instructor. The studying material will be published on the Rhythm Academy’s online platform at

The course is free of charge in the pilot phase, and is primarily aimed at people living in Southern Ostrobothnia. As this course is a part of a project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), participants are required to fill in monitoring information and feedback forms related to ESF projects. 

How to apply

Register on the Rhythm Academy website. Once you are logged in, fill in the application form by clicking on the ‘Submit application’ button. Students admitted to the course will be granted access to the pre-recorded course material, as well as the interactive Zoom lectures. The course material will be available to students for a limited period of time.

Send in your application.

Selection criteria

In the application phase, the applicants will be assessed on the basis of their motivation and interest in the topic. After the application deadline, the selected applicants will be informed personally by e-mail and sent further instructions on how to proceed.




Toni Kurkimäki

DJ, Electronic music expert

With a DJ career spanning over 30 years, Toni ‘DJ Tony’ Kurkimäki is an expert in electronic music, and first started making music in the early 1990s with an Amiga computer and a sampler. His best-known project is the internationally renowned electronic music trio Syna. Kurkimäki also works as a radio presenter.