Dead Jukka Ruohomäki, a pioneer of electronic music and who made Yle’s logo, has died

The versatile composer and musician also played on the rock records of Hector and Pekka Streng.

Composer and a musician Jukka Ruohomäki died of an illness on Tuesday, March 8, at his home in Oulu. He was 74 years old. The knowledge of Ruohomäki’s death was confirmed by his spouse.

Jukka Ruohomäki was a pioneer of Finnish electronic and experimental music. He studied musicology at the University of Helsinki in the 1960s and became acquainted with it Erkki Kurenniemiwhich had designed and built the first Finnish digital Dimi synthesizer.

Ruohomäki composed music for the instrument and also recorded together with Kurenniemi.

He played in the 1970s as well Hectorin and Pekka Strengin on rock records, but his main work was in experimental electronic music. Ruohomäki worked for years in the electronic music studio of the University of Helsinki and in the experimental studio of YLE.

In the 1980s, he moved to make three-dimensional computer graphics. Ruohomäki was involved in designing and making music for Yle’s news and Finnkino’s films, among other things.

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Originally from Helsinki, Ruohomäki later moved to Oulu and from 1997 to 2015 he was a lecturer in electronic music at the Oulu Conservatory. Published in 2006 Time Ride An album called Ruohomäki’s production from the 1990s and 2000s.

Jukka Ruohomäki was granted an additional state artist pension in 2021.

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