Marcus Tikkanen works as a songwriter at a Dutch company called Roseville Publishing, which is a joint publishing fund between songwriter Radboud Miedema & Strengholt Music Group. He has a author-publisher agreement with the company and has for example co written the new Lucas & Steve – Up till Dawn (On the Go) song which made it to the Dutch top40 #2 and has sold platinum. Other songs that Tikkanen wanted to mention by Radboud Miedema are Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy – Reality and Alle Farben & Janieck - Little Hollywood that are known worldwide.

Tikkanen started his career back in 1998 with playing the guitar as a hobby. He played in several bands until 2011 when he lost his faith in it and wanted to give up. In 2014, he decided to give music one more chance and applied to TAMK for Music Production study path. After being accepted into the university he gained interest in the business and professional side of music and deciding between focusing on being a producer or a composer/songwriter he chose to go for the latter.

“I wanted to see for one last time if music could offer me a future as a professional.”

The turning point for Tikkanen in his professional career was in 2015 when TAMK offered a chance to travel to the Netherlands to participate in a co-writing session. During this week, he got to know someone who knew Radboud Miedema who after hearing Marcus’ music gained interest in him. It still took a lot of work to convince them but it was still a game of luck. Tikkanen said that he happened to be at the right place at the right time but still it was because of his own hard work that he has gotten this far and landed the contract.

Studying at TAMK has been an eye opening experience for Tikkanen. He emphasized especially the possibility to use the facilities that are available for the students. You have to be active yourself and use everything you have at hand and this school provided the chance to use professional equipment and studios. Tikkanen also praised the teachers and the school in general for being so flexible with balancing his studies and career. He said that without them this would not have been possible.

“If we wouldn’t have these facilities available I would have had to record in a closet.”

Working as a professional in any creative field is challenging and competitive. That is why, especially in the beginning, you should seize every possibility you come across and try to make as many connections as you can. You can never know where it will end up leading to and each chance can make it or break it. Hard work mixed with a bit of luck pays off in the end.

And now once more enjoy this piece that has been co written by Marcus Tikkanen!


The exhibition was situated in the heart of Helsinki providing a good location for people to come and see the works of these talented people. Out of over 400 applicants only 42 were chosen to be exhibited in these premises and out of these five were either present or former students of TAMK.

This chance is directed at artists from age 15 to 23 who wish to present their art in any form and way with their chosen message. The works were chosen by curator Laura Köönikkä and they could be done individually or as a group. They had the chance to send a suggestion project or piece of work to be evaluated and later they were contacted if the work piqued interest. The idea was to find new ways to experience and create art. It was the last main exhibition to be displayed in the old Amos Anderson Art Museum. The exhibition is held every three years and the next one will be on display on 2020 in the new Amos Rex venue in Helsinki’s Lasipalatsi.

“It is nice that there is a chance for the young artists to have their works displayed.”

A Fine Art teacher Sari Tervaniemi had posted the application link for the exhibition to the TAMK Media Facebook group. In TAMK the teachers are active in offering and informing the students about possible projects and chances that they notice. The teachers and students actively use social media amongst other communication methods to distribute information. Also the students share their knowledge on different possibilities and talk about what is happening.

Tarina Tommiska’s works from a photography project called Boys & Flowers that explores gender roles, femininity and masculinity and how they are shown.
Visiting the exhibition I could see how differently young people express themselves. No matter whether they use a pen, a camera, a computer or even a screwdriver or a knife, the talent these young artists showcased was undeniable. There were photographs, graffiti art, videos, handicrafts and metal or wood works featuring a large variety of themes and messages. A lot of the works were bold portraying a large variety of different subjects and were very thought provoking.

Sebastian Schulz piece Time is Up that is a tribute to Finnish graffiti artists and street painters that suffered from Stop Töhryille movement in the 90s.
On Generation 2017 instagram account you can find out more about the artists. They have posted their artist statements with their pictures on the account. The TAMK students that had their works displayed in the exhibition were Inka Jerkku with a mysterious food installation and Sebastian Schulz with a massive 5 meters tall wall painting and as alumni from TAMK Tarina Tommiska with portraits of her friends and Sanni Weckman with large woven portraits of her grandparents. Also Jade Vesto, who has studied at TAMK in Fine Art but later changed schools, had there an existential video artwork .

Finland brings many amazing possibilities for young artists to express themselves. TAMK is one of the well known universities of applied sciences that offers education within the artistic field and helps its students in many ways on their way. The connections and skills you gain in this university will definitely help you on your way to the top.

Written by Tiia Rintakoski

Fine art – Moving Image Productions – TAMK

These video works have been created during Moving Image study module in Spring 2017. The study module is part of the Fine Art study path´s curriculum in D.P. in Media and Arts of TAMK- Tampere University of Applies Sciences in Finland.
The authors are fine art first year- and exchange students. The aim was to explore the practice of moving image within fine art context. There was no specific theme given, but the connective issue of these video works can be found in the notions of reality, co-reality and the position and experience of the spectator.
Special thanks to Barbara Jazbec who organised the connection. 
Fanni Niemi-Junkola
Lecturer, Head of Fine Art Study Path
TAMK – Tampere University of Applied Sciences

TAMK collaborated with four different companies to bring a special opportunity for the students to work with VR using the sprint method. The idea was to see whether this kind of setting could be used in an university environment and provide students with unique experience with working in a multitalented team and with virtual reality. I was one of the students participating in the sprint week and here is my story of how the week unfolded.

Before the actual sprint week we had a common session to meet up with our fellow students to establish an understanding of what was going to happened during the actual sprint. We also played a game to divide us into teams. Each of us was given 20 points to administrate to different skills based on our personal abilities and experiences. Then we tried to match people with opposite skills within teams. This way we were able to create fairly equal teams so that in each team there would be people with different skill sets that were required for the tasks. We left the get together a couple of hours later having a good grasp of what was expected from us and eagerly waiting for the sprint to take place.

The first day was kicked off with a common meeting in the second floor lobby where we went through the agenda for the whole week before going our separate ways in our groups to meet our customers. In the group in most cases, there were some coders, graphic artists and audio designers as well as UX experts and project managers. The teams consisted of four members and the tutor teacher. The customers were Intopalo, Kalmar, Leadin, and Leonidas who all wanted different kind of virtual reality content. The customers introduced themselves to us and explained the tasks that they were handing out.

Briefly explaining what kind of challenges the teams received. Leadin wanted a crime scene investigating VR experience that could be used for teaching purposes. Kalmar asked for a crane operating VR set up and requested the use of LEAP technology that recognizes the hands of the user and brings the real world to virtual reality . As for Leonidas the group’s task was to test the new FOVE equipment and create a game to see how the eye tracking feature works. Intopalo requested user experience research on attracting the VR user’s attention while utilizing the whole 360-degree environment. Each team was supposed to produce a working prototype that was to be tested on the last day of the sprint.

After hearing out the customer, we started to brainstorm possible solutions to the given challenge. We used post-it notes to collect 10 ideas from everyone individually and then started to gather them in one large mind map. Everyone was supposed to narrow down their ideas and choose a focus point. By the end of the day, the teams sent emails to the customers explaining what they had done for the rest of the day and what was going to be their focus. We also got homework to do as we were tasked with benchmarking in order to find out if our solution to the problem had already been tested.

Next day we continued to iterate the ideas and finally had an online meeting with the customer in order to receive feedback and get the okay to start working on the prototype. Before the meeting, we went through the benchmarking and based on our findings continued to sketch the prototype. After having lunch we proceeded to do storyboards to illustrate our solutions which we later presented to other teams to receive feedback on them.

When we had found our focus point and agreed on it with the customer, it was time to start prototyping. Each team got their own spaces equipped with the necessary programs and virtual reality headsets to test the prototype while working on it in order to find and eliminate the problems that arose as quickly and efficiently as possible. The prototyping lasted for two days and some groups stayed overtime to work on them. The teams divided the tasks for the prototypes according to the skills of the individuals; some did the graphics while other worked on the code. There was also audio design and user experience design required for most of the projects.

After each day we gathered once more to go through what we had accomplished and to ask for feedback. Luckily, we had a large quantity of different experts at our disposal when we ran into some problems. As our teachers at TAMK and some of our customers worked side by side with us we got useful tips and information from them as they guided us when necessary.

In the end, each team was able to produce a working prototype. During Friday morning, we tested our prototypes with the user tester and gathered feedback from them. Later in the afternoon, it was time to present our findings to the customers and the other teams. The sprint ended with a celebratory toast to a successful week. Even though we established that week was rough, everyone agreed that it was a success and that it was an interesting experience. I enjoyed it very much and hope to see a similar opportunity for the students in the future.

Pictures by Leena Mäkelä
Text by Tiia Rintakoski

Video installations Breath and Protection by our Fine art lecturer Fanni Niemi-Junkola in the Finlayson Art Area exhibition 9.6.-27.8.2017.
The videoworks are located in Gallery Himmelblau 2. floor.

Cinematography by Film and TV lecturer Tommi Moilanen. 
The film crew included graduates from TAMK: Ville Hakonen, Sanni Hujanen and Jyrimatti Holm
The camera for Protection, Mira Rasi. 
The music was composed by Pekko Käppi.
The installations were first exhibited in Berlin in 2016.

Text: Fanni Niemi-Junkola 

Senior Lecturer / Head of Fine Art Study Path
Degree Program in Media and Arts
Tampere University of Applied Sciences  (TAMK)
Mediapolis, Tohlopinranta 31
33270 Tampere
email: fanni.niemi-junkola@tamk.fi
Tel. +358 50 3562803

Eeverest started as a trio formed by two music production students Niko Mansikka-aho and Marcus Tikkanen in 2014 and it got introduced for a bigger audience by participating on UMK15-song contest. However, journey ended at 2nd semifinal and gradually after that the group made changes for Eeverest line-up and started building up a new brand. Nowadays, Niko Mansikka-aho is presented as the main guy in Eeverest. Marcus Tikkanen is also involved in the project, but is hitting from the back and co-writing songs with Niko.

On summer 2016 goals and deadlines were set for Eeverest and they started to create a portfolio of songs to be presented. The school has been also a major help pushing this project forward by organizing annual songwriting camps in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Of course you need to really show dedication and skills, but also have a bit of luck to gain success from there. Niko and Marcus both got some of their contacts through the songwriting camp and it really gave hope and opened new doors. For example Marcus got signed to a publisher based in Netherlands called 'Roseville Publishing'.

On March 2017 Niko and Marcus organized a trip to Dancefair Musicfair that was held in Utrecht, Netherlands. Dancefair is a mainly concentrating in electronic music and offers for example panel conversations, master classes and meetings with the industry people. For Niko and Marcus, the trip included some meetings and getting to know the industry.

All these events led in to Niko signing his debut single 'Feel Good' with FRNT-music, which is a sublabel of Mixmash Records established by DJ/Producer pioneer Laidback Luke. The response to Feel Good has been great so far, since only in two weeks, it has been added on three official Spotify-playlists, two Topsify-playlists and entered in the Finnish top 50 viral list on Spotify at #5. Feel Good has been also noticed at Netherlands by the media and has gained some airplay from minor stations there and national stations, by Yle in Finland.

Eeverest is a good example of how hard work and dedication can lead to results.


Janne Tauriainen M.A.
Senior Lecturer / Head of Music Production Path
Degree Program in Media and Arts
?Tampere University of Applied Sciences  (TAMK)
Mediapolis, Tohlopinranta 31
33270 Tampere
email: janne.tauriainen@tamk.fi
GSM: +358 50 311 9733

Interested in seeing what Alexandra Mitiku, Veera Nelimarkka, Elina Pasanen and Anniina Pasanen have been working on this semester? In the first months, the girls have been learning about managing an exhibition, and since April, they have had the chance to create the artworks. Come and see the results!

Last Friday they arraged a pop up –exhibition in Pyynikki’s Trikootehdas. If you didn’t have time to go see the works, fear not! The exhibition opens up again, this time at a cultural centre called Uulu, in 2.6. The exhibition opening will be held at 17-19. The exhibition will be in Uulu for three weeks, so if you cannot make it to the opening, there is a lot of time to go and visit the gallery later. Welcome!

Last week we finished with one of the workshops of the Platinum Project! We had supervising teachers and project team members visiting us from Beijing and Hong Kong. Last time in Hong Kong we had formed four groups, and recently we had also received new team members from an university in Beijing and the university of Tampere. All in all the teams were formed from at least four different study paths! Within the teams we had many roles, and managed to split the work for everyone. The different team roles included programmers, UI designers, web designers, project coordinators, sound designers and of course, 3D artists. 

In all the teams we had made our own plans on how to merge virtual reality and nature elements together in a way that we could improve the player's well being. In total we have now had three different Platinum workshops. Last time in October we focused on designing the game concept while visiting Hong Kong, and this time we had an intense developing workshop here in Tampere, where the aim was to create working demos of our concepts. We can proudly say that all the teams succeeded in this challenge!

Screenshot of VR game project Magic Garden.

During the week, we had a chance to spend a lot of time with the students from Hong Kong and Beijing, and get to know them. The schedule was tight and most of the time was spent on building our game demos at Mediapolis, but the first day was a little bit different… We went to Flowpark! It was a fun challenge and a great way to bond with our new team mates. After the Flowpark adventure, we spent the evening in Varala, where we had sauna reserved. All of our visitors were very brave, and most of them took a swim in the still freezing lake in between sauna rounds. We feel that the workshop was a great success, and hope that our visitors had fun during the workshop and afterwards on their few days off exploring Finland. Our next stop will be Beijing, where we will have our fourth, and final workshop in August.

Text & screenshots: Eve Kyllönen and Tiia Viitanen 2017
Photos: Carita Forsgren 2017

Every year, students from Music Production study path at Degree Programme in Media travel to music festivals and conferences to learn networking skills and to promote their own projects. 

This student-made short documentary follows Mark Malyshev, Karri Mikkonen and Simeon Puukari as they work on their music and travel to Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival to promote their projects. It’s a story of working hard and learning from ups and downs.

The next batch of music production students are heading to Brighton again next week, as The Great Escape Festival launches on Thursday, 18th of May.

Filmed and edited by:
Sami Lindfors
Ida Tokola

Moe Mustafa


The performance tells three stories of physical and sexual assault that happen to homosexual people. However, the performance looks at these experiences from family and social point of view. It is an episodic performance that only focuses on the traumatic part of the story and the social perception.

Personally, the process of directing WHEN A RAINBOW IS BLACK has been hard and rough, every day I had to come up with solution, decision and most of all visualizing the heavy material that I had written in the script, in which one of the story is my own experience.

Working with professional actors, without knowing them beforehand, is challenging, but the key is to build trust between the director and the actors. As a director, I must assure the actors that I’m there for them and I won’t put them in danger. I have to let them know that they can rely on me when something happens.

All sorts of feelings come to me during the rehearsal period, which is one month. There are those days where I felt that I can’t carry on with this process but then in the next day you go to the rehearsal and you realize that everything fits together.

The work stays inside you wherever you go, the mind does not rest at all. The hunger and lust of the mind to constantly bring up new solutions, ideas, and decisions keep on going and overwhelming. However, this process with all its’ heaviness, roughness, and tiredness comes on a form of the most wonderful feeling, the born of the final coherent project on the premiere day.

Here are links about the project in Finnish media.

 Text & image: Moe Mustafa 2017