About

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Photo: Jonne Renvall

“Meri Kytö is a senior researcher and an adjunct professor in auditory culture studies at the University of Eastern Finland. Her previous publications have tackled sonic domestication, articulations of acoustic privacy, soundscapes of political protest, busking, football fans and public libraries. Currently she’s writing on sensory agency and technology, working on a book manuscript on cochlear implants as soundscape arrangers.

From 2019 to 2022 she is part of the Academy of Finland funded research project Auditory Cultures, Mediated Sounds and Constructed Spaces, responsible of Research Strand 3: Experienced and Reclaimed Acoustic Environments: to understand people’s experiences, perceptions and actions in urban and commercial environments especially regarding ubiquitous music.”

That was my professional bio. Here’s another one:

“I’m a soundscape enthusiast. I write about how people listen. I do field recordings and at times artwork from those recordings. My research interests are in auditory cultures, soundscape studies, science and technology studies, ethnomusicology, sensory ethnography, film sound and sound art.”

Currently I’m the chair of Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology (2017–), also curating the society’s online soundscape archive. I’m a member of the Evaluation panel no 22 (Literature, arts and architecture) at the Publication Forum (2018–2021).

You can reach me at: meri.kyto <a> uef.fi and <a> gmail.com

Research projects

List of publications: https://merikyto.net/publications/

 

Art projects

Meri Kytö & Keveät askeleet, a series of sound walk podcasts with researcher guests. Vastapaino publishing house, Autumn 2019.

Podcast project with immigrant association DaisyLadies, together with FSAE, Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), Autumn 2019.

Walking sonic commons. A workshop of listening walks, discussions and documentation of sonic environments in Venice, June 2017, https://soundcloud.com/akueko/sets/walking-sonic-commons-in, see also “Walking sonic commons in Venice: an essay on auditory access“.

Turku is Listening, European Capital of Culture 2011 project, 2010–2012. (E.g. the FSAE listening map was developed during this project.)

Soundscape Stories from Finland 2009. CD publication together with Ari Koivumäki, Tampere & Turku: TAMK & SAES.

European Acoustic Heritage: Water Soundscape Composition Contest, organization and jury member, 2012–2013.

Soita mummolle [Call granny] 2014. Oral history and storytelling site for refugee elders. URL: http://www.soitamummolle.net

Pirkanmaan äänimaisemat 2009.

Some pictures from performing arts projects: