Sampo Academy 2023

Grace Bailey

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The Sampo academy is aimed at musicians who wish to transcend the sound boundaries of their instrument with the Sampo. It offers a chance to discover the Sampo during four days of intensive training, to transform one’s instrument into an augmented one, and to introduce oneself to mixed music.

Intended for performers of any instrument, the Sampo is an extension whose purpose is to widen the sound field of an acoustic instrument in any place and in complete autonomy. It is a practical tool for playing mixed music, whether it be triggering sound files or processing the instrument sound in real-time. For more information and videos, please visit

Working with the Sampo does not require any previous experience in the field of electroacoustic or mixed music.



During the Sampo academy, participants will acquire (better) knowledge of mixed music and augmented instruments, of the specificities of performing mixed music and of different kinds of works.

The participants will be able to play mixed music in complete autonomy.

The academy takes place in a convivial atmosphere which fosters encounters with other performers and composers. The academy is aimed at students and professionals of all nationalities.


A comprehensive program

Each participant will receive one or more scores to prepare in advance. This will allow them to concentrate on the electronic part during the academy. Each participant will have access to a Sampo during the academy to prepare the suggested works.

The academy includes both individual courses and collective workshops to familiarize with different aspects of mixed music in optimal conditions:

• real-time sound processing
• performing with electronics
• mixed music
• improvisation with effects
• study of a score with electronics
• work on live-electronic pieces
• work on tape music
• individual working sessions
• implementation of a concert with augmented instruments

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