TSC Studio is equipped with 22 speakers and two calibration systems. The immersive audio system creates a powerful, holistically physical experience for the listener that evokes an emotional dimension.
The system has been designed by TSC’s permanent Artist in Residence and Sound Designer since 2017, Tuomas Norvio.
“An extremely sharp sound image is traced out in TSC Studio, where even the smallest details in accents and dynamics of the sound can be heard. Even when applying the strongest sound pressures, the sound is pure, and the system functions optimally both in design work and in performance. There is no system quite like it in Finland – and even globally it is unparalleled with the most similar being in the depths of great opera houses.
What most interests me in the potential offered by TSC Studio is working with non-directional sound: when sound has no distinctive direction of source, that the listener can perceive, it can feel as if the experience happens inside the listener, getting under their skin in quite special way”, Norvio describes.
The sound system has been made possible by the pioneer of professional audio and immersive audio technology, Genelec, which develops and manufactures its products in Iisalmi, Finland.
“Our goal is to bring forth the deeper and more content-oriented dimensions mutual to advanced technology and art – and to create something unique together with them. Long-term, value-based collaboration with Tero Saarinen Company gives us a chance to experiment and create something new for people, and to learn from each other. TSC Studio is a unique platform, through which we can also help future creators to achieve their dreams and to promote the development of art and society,” states Genelec Brand Artist and Board member Juho Martikainen, responsible for the concept of the collaboration.
“During the Sound Residency our collective discovered that live creation of sound became an essential part of the research. The TSC Studio and its immersive sound system provided a lot of freedom for the layering of sounds, to which all members of the collective contributed with personal inputs. Creating the sound collectively gave it the most central role, which was further demonstrated by placing the sound station in the center of the space. Thanks to the amount of speakers, sounds could be layered and spread out quickly and effortlessly, which was super beneficial for the workflow. The sound system also guarantees that one can feel the sound in every square of the room.” – Sebastian Kurtén, TSC Sound Residency Artist 2022