About me

I'm an independent composer, producer and entrepreneur from Finland. I compose and produce mostly epic soundtrack music mixed with ethnic, folk, medieval, electronic and metal elements in my home studio. My songs are usually very melodic, strongly harmonic, rhythmic and simple yet very diverse. I aim to compose strong motifs, memorable melodies, epic structures and to offer my listeners and clients unique experiences. My music is a perfect match with various types of video games, trailers, performances, commercials and movies...and just for casual listening.

News

  • Sabaton’s ‘The Symphony to End All Wars’ with my orchestral production
    Sabaton just released a symphonic versions of their latest metal album, ‘The War to End All Wars’, called ‘The Symphony to End All Wars’. I arranged and produced all the symphonic versions based on the original metal tracks. In addition to my instrumentation, there’s some great instrumentalists featuring on the album: Tina Guo , Floor Jansen , Ian Fontova , Natalia Dmukhovskaia, Kim Sopata Fleuchaus , Sandro Friedrich and Antonio Bustabad. You can buy the album on .. [Read more]
  • ‘Carmina Gloria’ CD and Deluxe edition
    ‘Carmina Gloria’ CD and Deluxe edition are now available on Bandcamp. The deluxe edition is mainly for true fans and people who want to study or play my songs on guitar, drums, bass, violin etc. or people who are just curious about how the songs are constructed. In addition to the 11 original songs, it includes demos, versions with and without orchestras, MuseScore files that include notation and midi scores and some high quality art. Deluxe edition is included in any CD purchase or .. [Read more]
  • ‘Carmina Gloria’, a new album out now
    "Carmina Gloria", a new album out now!.. [Read more]

Listen

Enjoy some of my songs for a minute...or for days. I've composed and published over 36 hours of music since I composed my first album in 2013. You can find me and listen to my music on Youtube, Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, Facebook ...and every other place in the internet.

 

Merch

Music usage

For YOUTUBE users: You can use my music without asking for permission, however a ContentID system will claim and monetize your video. This is not a copyright strike or warning, it's a claim that uses advertisements in your video to get ad revenue for me. If you want to declaim your video and control the monetization yourself, you'll need to pay a license fee which depends on your channel size. If your video is expected to get less than 50 thousand views, the license fee is 50 euros which is the smallest fee I accept. If you usually get millions of views, the fee will naturally be bigger.

For TWITCH users: You can use my music without permission but I can't control copyright issues on the platform. If you can find my music on Twitch Soundtrack, the usage is safe and it will get me some ad revenue.

NON-COMMERCIAL and NON-PROFIT usage: You can use my music freely for non-commercial and non-profit personal and school projects without asking for permission. If you get funding from any organization or government, the project is not regarded as non-profit and you'll need to buy a license.

For commercial projects you can buy a license from me directly. The license price depends very much on the size of your project. The more expensive licenses also include a possibility to edit or even remake the licensed songs to fit into your project better. For example, I can cut, remix and loop the licensed song to fit in your video game. I will only provide non-exclusive licenses for existing songs.

To purchase a license from the 'Land of the Brave' album, please contact Colossal Trailer Music.

You can get more details by contacting me. Remember to provide:
-Title(s) of the song(s) you want to get a license for
-Production or project name
-Deadlines
-Production budget and/or music budget
-Do you need the song remixed for your project?

Commissions

Need a customized soundtrack to make your project even more unique? For music composing and production, I'm charging per minute basis and the price depends on the project budget, the amount of music needed and complexity of the required compositions.

You can get more details by contacting me. The minimum starting fee per project is 2000 euros. Remember to provide:
-Amount of music (amount of songs and approximation in minutes)
-Production or project name and type
-Description about the musical style(s) needed
-Do you need an exclusive or non-exclusive license? Do you need selling rights for the music?
-Production budget and/or music budget
-Deadlines

Software

 

Here's a list of some of my most used software.

FAQ

If you have a question, please read through this section and save yourself and me some trouble before sending me a message.  

Q: My Youtube video was claimed by "Audiam" or "Interstreet Recordings". Help!

A: Your videos will get claimed if you use my music. If you have a license or a permission to use my music on a monetized or commercial video, send me a message with the link to the video and I'll remove the claim. You can also purchase a license or just keep the claim. The claim doesn't affect your Youtube channel in any way, it's just for monetization purposes.

Q: Can you make me a song for free?

A: No.

Q: Can I use your music for free?

A: See the licensing section

Q: Is there a possibility to buy your music on CD or DVD or vinyl?

A: There are limited edition CD campaigns available for selected albums on Bandcamp.

Q: Je voudrais me permettre d'utiliser la musique...

A: I don't speak foreign. Please don't send me messages in French or Spanish or Swedish. Only in English or Finnish.

Q: Can you make a tutorial about composing?

A: It would require a lot of work and time and I preferably use the time to make more music. So no, not at the moment.

A lot of people have also asked me to teach them "how to make music". It has taken me 20 years of trying out, experimenting and failing by myself until I've reached this level. I don't have resources or time to be your teacher. No one can teach you to become productive or creative. Don't think that it's an easy road to become a composer. It will take years or tens of years, so forget about the money and fame, pick up an (virtual) instrument and start practicing.

Q: Can you give me some hints about composing with virtual instruments?

A: You'll need a lot of money to buy yourself a good set of libraries to work with. The libraries I own cost anywhere from $5 to $1000 a piece. Free instruments are usually useless. You can't substitute bad instruments for composing or mixing skills (and vice versa). I only have experience with FL studio DAW so I don't know about Pro Tools or Ableton or Cubase. But I have understood that FL studio is a very good software for composing and for people like me who don't use midi keyboards nor record any audio. For beginners, a good and cheap all-round library is probably EastWest Symphonic Orchestra Gold, and for more deep-sampled and quality instruments, Hollywood Orchestra.

Q: Do you have sheet music, midi files or tablatures?

A: Carmina Gloria Deluxe edition has Musescore project files for each song, and you can convert them to midi files, scores, Guitar Pro files etc. I also have a few midi files available here.

Q: Are you educated in music?

A: No, I have learned everything by myself, and so can you!

Q: Do you play any instrument?

A: I used to try and play the guitar when I was younger but nowadays I'm doing everything on the computer.

Q: Are you going to do live concerts?

A: No. It would be incredibly costly to hire a full orchestra and solo instrumentalists to play my music. I'd need name recognition on par with Hans Zimmer to make it profitable. Much of my music isn't actually playable with real folk instruments anyway, only with virtual instruments.

 

Now, if you didn't get your answer from this section, send me a message below!

Contact

You can contact me by filling the following form. If your matter concerns licensing or commissioning, please check out the respective sections on this page for more information. You can also contact me directly to contact[at]anttimartikainen.com

4 days ago

Antti Martikainen
The brand new 'Throne of the North' will be releasing in July 6th! For those who haven't been paying attention, it's a remake of the 2015 album with the same name and it will replace that original album on the streaming services. The remake will also include five new bonus tracks. It's taken a good amount of time and effort to recompose, rearrange, record, edit, mix, master, and polish, polish and polish all the tracks, probably more than went making the original album! I hope you enjoy the outcome. Here's a video of Ian Fontova playing Runestones. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Antti Martikainen
Final teaser for 'Throne of the North' (2022)! Hillewi Elgstrand Förgätmigej performs vocals for the whole album, and in this particular video for the title song. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Antti Martikainen
Lassi Logrén Musician plays nyckelharpa, an ancient Nordic instrument with the power to summon the frost dragons, on Throne of the North (redux). ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Antti Martikainen
Remember to check out Sabaton's 'The Symphony to End All The Wars'. I made all the songs based the songs on the original Sabaton album 'The War to End All Wars'. It's very different from the original metal songs and at points I composed whole new parts. If you like my music you'll like it as well. It actually sounds close to my upcoming album 'Novum' as the instrument and mixing set is pretty similar.There's also some great instrumentalists featuring on the album: Tina Guo , Floor Jansen , Ian Fontova , Natalia Dmukhovskaia, Kim Sopata Fleuchaus , Sandro Friedrich and Antonio Bustabad.Check it out on Bandcamp: sabaton.bandcamp.com/album/the-symphony-to-end-all-warsOr stream it on Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/3HAFaeHxI4O8NwHNVFVXkD?si=zEmvo8ZkSK2AXMeR9sFTFgJoakim Brodén · Album · 2022 · 11 songs. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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200k subscribers on Youtube! Thanks for your support! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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Throne of the North (Redux) artwork by Jonathan Guzi ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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Ian Fontova does his Celtic magic on Throne of the North (2022). ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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Mikko rises to Asgaard. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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Mikko Salovaara shows how to shred a tight guitar solo for Battleworn 2022. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Antti Martikainen
Here's something special. I made an epic symphonic rendition of Sabaton's new album 'The War to End All Wars'. Some of the songs are very different from the original metal versions and they include some very cool instrumental performances. If you like my stuff, you'll probably like this as well. It's going to be out on May!fb.watch/c1rlwp_Ggf/ ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Antti Martikainen
More recordings for Throne of the North by Ian Fontova! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

Antti Martikainen
'Carmina Gloria' Deluxe Edition and CD's available now!👉 anttimartikainen.bandcamp.com/album/carmina-gloria-deluxe-editionThe deluxe edition is mainly for true fans and people who want to study or play my songs on guitar, drums, bass, violin etc. or people who are just curious about how the songs are constructed. In addition to the 11 original songs, it includes demos, versions with and without orchestras, MuseScore files that include notation and midi scores and some high quality art. Deluxe edition is included in any CD purchase or can be purchased separately.Also, there are some nice video canvases added on each song of this album on Spotify mobile 😃 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

Antti Martikainen
'Carmina Gloria' CD's are here and going on sale next week! Accompanying the CD will be a digital deluxe edition release with a lot of extra material that will be free for all the CD buyers. I still have to polish that extra stuff for a bit. Stay tuned! ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

Antti Martikainen
Ian plays for Winter's Legacy from Throne of the North REDUX. ... See MoreSee Less
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