Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students will have a basic understanding of various electronic components and their uses. Students will be able to design and build an electronic circuit. Students will build a self-contained "synth & amp" music box.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 22.02.2021 - 26.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jukka-Pekka Hautamäki, Antti-Ville Reinikainen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jukka-Pekka Hautamäki, Antti-Ville Reinikainen

Contact information for the course (valid 09.02.2021-21.12.2112):

all questions: / Jukka Hautamäki , do not use Aalto email for contacting.  

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1 week intensive workshop, building synths and amps from electronic components, followed by performing with them.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    starts from basics. Learning how to use protoboard, how to design
    your first simple synth, getting sound with it and how to make
    additional experiments with the first synth design. 

    the elements of protoboard circuit and how to transport circuit
    design into solderable version.  

    can design their final version of the synth, based on how ambitious
    project they want to build. See examples on Instagram post in the end
    of course description. 

    is finalised as an battery (or alternatively) powered electronic

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Active participation in workshop, and successful completion of project.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    is pass/failed. 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Intensive one-week workshop. Students are expected to be present all week.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    involves hands-on working. Part of the theory about electronics,
    sound technique is voluntary extra, based on individual interest
    towards the topics. 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided in class

  • Applies in this implementation:

    materials are provided in class and mechatronics lab has good
    selection of variable components, in case there are specific minor
    ideas with the project. 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic electronics is useful but not required. Interest in experimental sound and music.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    The order of priority for admitting students:

    1. Exchange students in Aalto ARTS, 2 places (applies to courses taught in English)
    2. Minor students (applies to compulsory courses in the minor)
    3. Degree students in Aalto ARTS
    4. Students from other schools in Aalto University and students who have applied for the course through different student mobility schemes (flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.)
    5. Other students

  • Applies in this implementation:

    seeing results of previous year course and getting idea of what
    projects and workflow

    any questions send email for the teacher. 

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students.
    Two places are reserved for exchange students.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    seeing results of previous year course and getting idea of what
    projects and workflow

    any questions send email for the teacher. 

Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    22.2 Monday.         Basic electronics, tools and
    workshop space intro. Working with protoboard, learning how to use
    components with synth circuit. 

    23.2 Tuesday.   Additional experimenting with different synth
    ic's and electronic  components. Introduction of alternative
    energy sources for the synth. 

    24.2 Wednesday.  Drawing protoboard synth circuit into paper. Using
    drawn schematics as guideline to solder synth design to copperboard.
    Learning soldering basics. 

    25.2 Thursday.  Choosing the box for synth. Learning designing wiring
    and controller components (potentiometers, switches) placement with
    synth embedded to the box. Soldering copperboard version of the

    25.2 Friday. Finishing the project. Testing and jamming with the synth.