Apply now for a Sound Residency at TSC Studio!

TSC Residencies’ objective is to serve as a platform for multidisciplinary experiments and to support especially freelance-based artists and collectives, and hence aiming for the development of the dance field as a whole. A residency period may focus on for example the creative process, rehearsals of a new work, or general development of an artist’s movement identity.

Equipped with a unique audio system made possible by Genelec, TSC Studio also acts as a laboratory for sound design of the highest level. Therefore, some of the residencies are dedicated especially for work focusing on the relationship between sound and movement. In TSC Sound Residencies, the artists are able to utilise TSC Studio’s immersive sound system in its entirety.

Open Call for Sound Residencies | Summer 2022

TSC sound residencies for lab-like work on sound and movement – applications are open!

TSC Studio Sound Residencies provide an opportunity to work on the relationship between sound and movement in a laboratory-like environment. Creators chosen to take part in the annual Sound Residencies, will have the chance make full use of TSC Studio’s unique, 23-channel Genelec speaker system, which offers an immersive sound experience. The working period can, for instance, be aimed at multidisciplinary experimentation, creation of a new work, or developing one’s professional audio expertise. The open call is aimed for both young talents and more experienced professionals.

Artists chosen to take part in the Sound Residencies are chosen through an international application process. The Sound Residencies are made possible by Genelec, the provider of TSC Studio’s audio equipment. With the programme, TSC and Genelec aim to support sound-art innovation and the development of audio-expertise. Apply by 3 February!


Who for?

The Sound Residency centers around the relationship between sound and movement by taking use of TSC Studio’s audio system. Since the residency artists will have the Genelec speaker system and multichannel audio at their use, the working group should include at least one member with the required technical skills.

The application process for the Sound Residency is open to individuals, working groups, or established collectives in the performing arts field who have an interest in studying the relationship between sound and movement. The open call is suitable for both younger professionals entering the field as well as more experienced artists. The selections are based on the presented artistic plans and innovative ideas towards movement and sound.

TSC Sound Residencies are intended for artistic work. That can mean anything from multidisciplinary experiments to making a work for the stage or developing sound expertise. The residencies are not intended solely for creating music or recording, and Genelec speaker system should be incorporated in the working plans. We are interested in what TSC Studio and its unique sound system can inspire in creators – So be bold with your idea and apply now!

Please carefully read the details of residency schedule, other terms, and application instructions before submitting your application.


When and what?

In 2022, TSC offers two possibilities for a Sound Residency. The working periods are two to three weeks in duration. The scheduled residency periods are:

Residency I: weeks 26–27 (27 June – 10 July, 2022)
Residency II: weeks 28–30 (11 July – 31 July, 2022)


TSC Studio is located at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland. The working group can use the Studio without charge, around the clock throughout the period. The residencies do not include travel assistance, accommodation nor salaries. Artists need to cover these and other related costs by other means.

Residency artists will have at their use the Genelec 23-channel sound system. Use of other TSC Studio technical equipment (linkki tilat-sivulle) is to be agreed separately. At the start of the period, TSC staff will provide guidance on practicalities of the residency and on the Studio’s technical equipment. TSC does not provide accommodation in Helsinki or travel support.

Residency artists also have a chance to receive mentoring from TSC’s permanent Artist in Residence, sound designer Tuomas Norvio, and by TSC’s other artistic and production staff – timetables to be agreed separately.

The residency includes at least one audience event, which, depending on the residency, can be an open rehearsal, a demo, a discussion, or similar. Timetables and contents for the audience event are to be agreed on a case-by-case basis. The residency also includes opening up the working process to Genelec and TSC, and collaborating on communications.

Further technical details of TSC Studio and the sound equipment behind the links.


Guide for Applications

 To apply for a place on a residency fill in the form here:

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the application form and the required attachments are successfully submitted within the set timeframe.


Application Period and Selection Process

Applications for residencies close at 16:00 (+2 GMT) on 3 February, 2022. The online form and attachments should be submitted by the deadline.

Applications will be treated confidentially. Those processing and evaluating applications will not share any information about applicants or the content of applications to third parties.

Decisions on artists to be selected for residencies will be made by a work group consisting of TSC artistic and production staff and Genelec staff. TSC’s permanent Artist in Residence, sound designer Tuomas Norvio, will act as an expert in the selection process. Diversity and equity will be taken into account in the decision-making process.


Selection criteria for applications:

– New propositions to the relationship between sound and movement
– Original artistic thinking
– Objectives for the work
– Feasibility of the project
– Use of Genelec speaker system in the working plans

Additionally, an interest in multi-disciplinary work and an orientation towards creating also larger-scale works are considered as advantages.

We will notify all applicants personally of our decisions in March 2022 at the latest.

For further information about the residency programme, applications and TSC Studio, contact Head of Production Carita Weissenfelt. Enquiries by phone Wed–Fri 12–16.


More info and enquiries:

Carita Weissenfelt
Head of Production and Touring
+358 40 705 6808


”During the Sound Residency at TSC Studio, we took a deep dive into the relationship between sound and movement, creating new sound material while also examining the shape of our new performance. The studio’s immersive audio system enables totally new auditory perspectives, that might not even cross one’s mind in any other space… The residency was a pivotal experience for us. We felt so supported and learned a lot. As young artists we are truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work in an evironment, that encourages you to dream big!”

Iida Hägglund and Maija Viipuri, (July 2021)


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.

Focus on artistic work in TSC Studio

TSC provides annually 2–4 artists or working groups the opportunity for an artist in residency working period at TSC Studio in Helsinki. The objective of the residency programme is to support the development of the dance field in Finland by providing eg. choreographers, working groups and free collectives resources for artistic work in the form of a free rehearsal space.

TSC Residencies are meant for artistic work such as creation of new works, rehearsing, or developing the artist’s individual movement language, choreographic material or artistic vision. Once a year, TSC holds a special sound residency focused on the relationship between sound and movement in a lab-like work setting. A sound residency’s goals can be in multidisciplinary experimentation, production oriented creative process or developing one’s artistic expertise. Artists for the sound residencies will be chosen through an international application process. The sound residencies are held in collaboration with Genelec, our partner behind the immersive sound system of TSC Studio.

Artists are chosen to take part in TSC Residencies through an open application process. The residencies entail a 1–4 week long working period in Tero Saarinen Company’s recently opened TSC Studio. Taking into consideration each residency’s particular goals and needs, the residency period can include customized events for audiences and artistic or production-related mentoring from TSC’s permanent staff members. The sound residency’s will have the studio’s complete sound system at their use, other residencies’ technical parameters will be discussed individually.


”For us the residency acted as the starting point – and as a free playground – for the creation process of our new work. The space was wonderful and truly functional: the heated studio floor was really inviting and offered just enough traction and smoothness for our movement work, while the immersive audio system made the sound move together with the dancers.”
Sanni Giordani, Mostly Mass Working Group (March 2021)


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