the Musical history of jouni lehtonen
I am a self-educated Finnish composer, musician, producer and recording technician. I started making music as a teenager studying
guitar, bass, piano and the drums. I also played drums in a couple of bands during the 70's. However, I soon realized that
my greatest ambition was not to play in bands, but to compose and, most importantly, to realize those compositions as recordings.
Hours of my one-man-band were recorded using Tandberg, Revox A77 and Teac A3440 reel to reel taperecorders (later FostexA8 and
Tascam32) and partly self-made recording gear. When the midi technique emerged (and much later digital audio workstations) I was
finally able to produce music up to professional standards. At the end of 1980's I got my first paying gigs composing music for TV
commercials and business videos with these new tools. In 1992 I was the co-producer and arranger of Joel Hallikainen's first album which
reached triple-platinum sales and is still in the fifth position of the most sold Finnish records. Since then I have contributed to making
of about 20 albums in the finnish pop/rock scene, playing, producing, arranging, recording and mixing as well as writing an occasional
lyric. Since 1994 I have been involved in over 100 theatre productions for pro and amateur theatre. For the majority of these I have
composed music and/or designed sound effects, for some pre-recorded and mixed the music, or simply helped with the sound system.
I have composed original music for a few educational/dramatized documentary programs for the national broadcasting company
YLE. The latest series ”Pienten historia” (History of the little ones) received about 1,8 million viewers including reruns. I've also scored a few short films. One of these, ”The Monk and the Thief”, can be seen here. A two minute composition for Zennor Alexander's animation can be found here. You'll need to have Adobe Flash player installed to see the videos.
For the more technically oriented people here is the list of the software/hardware I use. The page is partly in Finnish.
A two and a half minute mp3 ”demoreel” (3,4Mb) of my music can be found here. A new longer eight minute mp3 demo (11,8Mb) can be found here. Full versions of these pieces have been used in TV programs, short films or theatre performances.
Contact information here. The page is partly in Finnish.