ERKKI KURENNIEMI – A man from the future

Erkki Kurenniemi (b.1941 in Hämeenlinna, Finland) is an instrument builder and a pioneer of Finnish electronic music. He has been at the forefront of technological innovations since the 1960s, anticipating and discussing the great changes that computers have introduced into our lives, society and culture.

In 2006, Erkki Kurenniemi’s archives were donated to the Central Art Archives of the Finnish National Gallery. This website introduces some of the contents of the archives to the general public. The site consists of two parts: Archives and Erkki Kurenniemi – a man from the future.

The front page of the website and the e-book Erkki Kurenniemi – a man from the future are available both in Finnish and in English, while the rest of the site can only be read in Finnish. All the texts that Kurenniemi originally wrote in English are only available in English.


Erkki Kurenniemi has compiled a detailed and unbiased collection of the things in his life which he has deemed important. This material forms Erkki Kurenniemi’s archives, which may possibly be used, following Kurenniemi’s vision, to recreate the person of Erkki Kurenniemi in the future.

The vast archives consist of Kurenniemi’s writings, diaries, work-related documents, photographs, videos and personal belongings. The archives cover a time span from 1942 to 2012. Read more

The Erkki Kurenniemi website includes a selection of texts and documents from the archives. The documents can be accessed thematically, by decades or by using keywords.

ERKKI KURENNIEMI – A Man from the Future

Erkki Kurenniemi – A Man from the Future is a collection of research articles about Erkki Kurenniemi. The researchers study Kurenniemi’s person, career and activities from diverse perspectives. The themes of the publication range from media archaeology, musicology and instrument construction to critical discussions of Kurenniemi’s visions and careful media analysis.

The writers of the publications are Kai Lassfolk, Mikko Ojanen, Susanna Paasonen, Jussi Parikka, Jyrki Siukonen and Jari Suominen.

The articles can be printed either individually or as a collection.

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