From 6 to 10 May 2021 in Saint-Etienne, France


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 a weekend of intensive training, to transform one's instrument into an augmented one, and to introduce oneself to mixed music.

The academy also welcomes composers, who have the possibility to write a short piece to work together with the performers during the academy.

The Sampo

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.

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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:
- collective workshops on real-time sound processing
- collective workshops on performing with electronics
- collective workshops on mixed music
- study of a score with electronics
- work on live-electronic pieces
- work on tape music
- improvisation with effects
- individual working sessions with a composer
- concert with recording

The program will include both repertoire pieces of mixed music and new works.

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The academy takes place between Thursday 6 and Monday 10 May 2021, during the Art & Science Days festival in Saint-Etienne, France.

The first evening will be the concert of the performers and composers in residency with Sampo. Participants of the academy will also be able to attend the rehearsals. The next day, Friday 7 May, participants will have an opportunity to exchange with the residents during round table discussions. The residents will share their experience with the Sampo and the mixed music works they performed. Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May are dedicated to workshops and individual working sessions with the Sampo. Monday 10 May is reserved for rehearsals and the final concert of the academy.

It is possiçble to attend all the events or only the three last days (Saturday 8 - Monday 10 May).

Financial conditions

There is no registration fee. Participants have to cover for their own travel, accommodation and meals.


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Deadline: 20 December 2020

Limited number of places.



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