Tua Hakanpää Sound and Science

Sound and Science


I am an artist firmly positioned between art and research and I’m trying to merge these two practices in my daily work.

My research subject is, conveniently enough, emotional expression in the singing voice. I am looking into questions such as: what do we hear when we hear emotions in music and singing? Can emotions be induced through the singing voice? How can we add emotion to voice? How can emotional expression in the singing voice be taught?

Right now I am doing an experimental comparative study on whether we can hear expressed emotions from the singing voice.


I am trained as a musician at the Pop&Jazz conservatory of Helsinki and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. I also have a double degree in voice pedagogy (singing and speaking) from Metropolia University of Applied sciences and the University of Tampere.

I enjoy experimenting with different sounds and styles and I am always on the look out for something interesting. At the moment I’m trying to find a way to combine extended techniques to traditional songwriting.

I have made two records, a singer-songwriter album in Finnish language and another one for children called Alva & Kettu. I’m hoping to start work on my third album soon. In the meanwhile I’m enjoying the freedom of improvising.


I am available for workshops at your location.