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Bits and Bytes

The "Bits and Bytes" project is based on the use of 3,5" floppy disk drives. It is both a sound installation and a new musical instrument.

Although computer-controlled, its sound is produced entirely by the mechanical motions of 104 floppy disk drives. Fundamental work for this project has already been done in 2013 during a 3-month research scholarship at Cartes, Centre of Art and Technology Espoo, FI.

"Bits and Bytes" has been exhibited at Tampere Biennale, Akusmata Sound Art Gallery Helsinki and at Volume Symposium in Musiikkitalo Helsinki.


In 2014 I built a new musical instrument called "Sound-Disk-Machine" by request of Finnish artists´ association Muu ry.

The Sound-Disk-Machine is a photo-electronic instrument converting light into sound. It is inspired by Russian inventor Evgeny Sholpo's Variophone instrument developed in the 1930's.

The Sound-Disk-Machine has been premiered in October 2014 at the International Performance Art Festival Amorph!14 in Helsinki. Since then I have performed with it amongst others at Sound&Sight Festival Montréal, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki and Pori Art Museum.

2008 - 2014

I started developing the Sensor-Sound-Machine (SSM) in 2008 out of the desire for an instrument allowing me to create digital music in an intuitiv, improvisational and immediate manner.

The SSM is a sensor-based digital musical instrument consisting of a combination of ultrasonic sensors, infrared sensors, solar panels, an arduino mega microprocessor, a UC-33 MIDI controller and the music software Max/MSP. Its sonic outcome can be controlled and produced using light and body motion. Performances with the SSM take place in darkness.

2012 - 2013

The solenoid orchestra was developed to convert binary computer data into physical motion that is audible and visible in the material world.

This was realized by controlling 12V DC electro-magnets through Max/MSP via an arduino microprocessor. The orchestra's sounds are produced through the solenoids hitting the physical objects in front of them. The beautiful thing here is the combination of computer-generated perfect timing precision with purely mechanical sound production. A new kind of rhythm machine!