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You are warmly welcome to the professional website of musician and teacher Mikko Patama. Here you can find information about his previous and upcoming releases, some live video footage and his contact information.

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Overhead: Telepathic Minds Live – 25th Anniversary Tour

The acclaimed progressive rock group Overhead is celebrating 25 years of existence in 2024 by playing concerts around Europe. On the first half of the tour the group can be seen in Finland, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.


03.03.2024 Fusion Festival, The Civic, Stourport, UK
27.03.2024 Bar Loose, Helsinki, Finland
08.05.2024 Bergkeller, Reichenbach, Germany
10.05.2024 Das Rind, Russelsheim, Germany
11.05.2024 Mausefalle 33 1/3, Bonn, Germany
12.05.2024 ‘t Blok, Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel, Netherlands
13.05.2024 Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium

The tour is supported by The Finnish Music Foundation (MES).

Other tour dates will be published later during 2024. Mikko joined Overhead in late-2023 and performed first time with the group in Centrum Altenberg, Oberhausen, Germany in November.

Check out video footage of Overhead playing in Bar Loose, Helsinki

Stranger Things opening theme with only a single free synthesizer plugin

To celebrate Halloween and ten years of using synthesizers made by TAL Software, Mikko published a cover version of the modern classic synthwave theme from the Netflix series Stranger Things. Only synthesizer used for the sounds was the free TAL Noisemaker, while mixing was done with TAL-Reverb-4 and Analog Obsession plugins. Check the videos below.

Programming all the sounds certainly took a while, but you can easily mimic the same synth sounds by referring to the patch reveal video above!


Interactive courses on synth programming and drawbar organs

Mikko has developed and released two interactive entry-level courses:

7 classic synthesizer sounds and how to program them” and “Crash course to Drawbar Organs” explain step by step and with very practical examples how different parts in classic synthesizers and drawbar organs (Hammond B3, C3, “clonewheels” etc.) work. The courses were designed for beginners but can also be very helpful for intermediate and professional keyboardists.

The courses were built inside Gig Performer, a popular audio plugin-host software designed for live-performance. TAL Noisemaker, a free synth plugin, is used on the synth course. Hanon B70 plugin by LostIn70s is used for the organ sounds, Overloud TH-U amp simulator for Jon Lord -type rock organ sounds. B70 and TH-U are included in Gig Performer as free additions.

Gig Performer is a commercial software, but a free 14 day trial version is also available. The .gig-files including both courses can be downloaded from the community posts where they are introduced: synth course and organ course.

All basic sound-shaping tools from drawbars to percussion settings, vibrato/chorus, leslie and guitar amp simulator are covered.
The course also introduces some classic drawbar settings which fit many styles of music

Jupu Group’s album reviewed in media

Jupu Group’s new album “Umpeen kasvoivat polut”, released in May 2022, has received very positive reviews from critics. Ismo Karo of Imperiumi gave the album 9½ points out of 10, commenting: “The average music connoisseur is really just amazed at the musical omnipotence of Jupu Group. Umpeen kasvoivat polut is the best good old-fashioned Finnish prog rock in a long time.”

The album was also reviewed in the Finnish music magazine Soundi (4 stars), Progressive Rock Journal and Noise.fi (4/5 points).

Jupu Group: Umpeen kasvoivat polut cover painting
Umpeen kasvoivat polut album cover. Art by Lotta Ahlbeck.
Short documentary “The story of Jupu Group”

The story of Jupu Group started already in the mid-seventies, when the classically trained violinist-composer Juhani Poutanen founded a new progressive rock/jazz-fusion group in the middle of the biggest prog rock craze. In addition to Poutanen the group consisted of Jukka Linkola, Upi Sorvali, Ilkka Hanski and Janne Louhivuori. The original line-up released one studio album called “Ahmoo” in 1975. Svart Records reissued the album as vinyl and CD in 2016 along with a previously unreleased live recording “Jazz Liisa 5“.

The new line-up, gathered in 2020, consists of fine young Finnish musicians with passion for classic progressive rock and wild improvisation:

Meerika Ahlqvist on vocals
Lotta Ahlbeck on electric violin and backing vocals
Otto Porkkala on electric guitar
Mikko Patama on keyboards
Heikki Saarenkunnas on bass
Oskari Niemi on drums

All the material performed by the new line-up is composed by Jupu Poutanen and arranged by the group in collaboration with Jupu.

Make sure to follow the band on instagram and Facebook.

Jupu Group photo by Guilty Visuals
Jupu Group in 2021. Photo by Guilty Visuals