The founder of the Electronic Music Studio at the University of Helsinki in the early 1960s was Erkki Kurenniemi. Kurenniemi's pioneering work included microprocessor-based digital synthesizers built in the early 1970s. Kurenniemi developed a line of DIMI digital synthesizers that served in several studios in Finland and Sweden, including the experimental studio of the Finnish broadcasting company YLE.





















The studio was used in the 60's and 70's mainly for composing electro-acoustic music. The pieces that came out of the studio formed an important part of Finnish electroacoustic music of this period. In addition to Kurenniemi, the composers working there included Andrew Bentley, Henrik Otto Donner, Jukka Ruohomäki and Erkki Salmenhaara.


Since the mid-1980s, the studio's focus has shifted from electro-acoustic music composition to computer-aided music research, education and software development.
The equipment has evolved from traditional analog tape recorders and synthesizers to modern computer stations and MIDI instruments. The studio was used by composers as well as by researchers and students of musicology.