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

  • ‘Novum’ out now!
    A new epic sci-fi album, ‘Novum’ is out now! The album includes 20 diverse songs and around 80 minutes of content. It’s epic battle music, industrial and symphonic metal, synthwave, cyberpunk, EDM, Asian ethnic music and weird cinematic space music in one package. Stream or buy the album on your favourite platform by clicking here !.. [Read more]
  • Patreon launch!
    I launched my Patreon page today. For those unaware, Patreon is a place where you can support my work and in return you get exclusive rewards and content (or good will). I took some time to craft exclusive content for this month, and here’s the full list of rewards (depending on your support tier): -Cover: New World Metal Symphony. A heavy metal rendition of Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony, 4th movement. -Remake: Legendary. -4 remixes: Corruption, Alien Lifeforms, The Dead of Night, .. [Read more]
  • ‘Throne of the North’ out now!
      The new ‘Throne of the North’ is out now! It’s a complete remake of my 2015 album with the same name, with new recordings and effects, rearranged and even re-composed parts, remixed instruments and remastered audio. The remake also includes five new bonus tracks. It’s taken a good amount of time and effort to make this album, probably more than went making the originals. I hope you enjoy the fresh sound of the classics! If you’ve bought the original 2015 .. [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
-Production type (video game, film, TV, trailer, performance etc.)
-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. The minimum starting fee per project is 2000 euros. The composition and production quote includes only virtual instruments and real instrumental recordings are provided with additional cost. You can get more details by contacting me. The following info is required for me to calculate the time and cost for your project:

-Amount of music: Number of songs and approximation in minutes
-Usage: Video game, TV, film, trailer, performance, online, corporate etc.
-Musical complexity (from less expensive to more expensive): 1) Simple orchestra (not more than ten instruments), 2) folk instrumentation, 3) full orchestra, choir and percussion, 4) symphonic, synth or folk metal, 5) full orchestra with complex hybrid and synth layers and effects
-Rights: Do you need an exclusive or non-exclusive license? Do you need selling rights for the music?
-Production budget and/or music budget
-Project name
-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: My supporters at Patreon get monthly scores, including sheet music, tablatures and midi files. Also, Carmina Gloria Deluxe edition has Musescore project files for each song on the album.

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.

 

Consider supporting me at Patreon if you want to get your burning questions answered in depth. Unfortunately I don't have time to do that for emails.

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 weeks ago

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Hello 2023! I just released 'Sonic Savior Deluxe Edition' that includes remastered versions, demos, separated stems for heavy metal instruments and background orchestras, percussion and synths, and scores, tablature, midi and MuseScore project files for every song. The remastered songs are also available on CD!You can get the album and CD's on Bandcamp: 48 track album ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Antti Martikainen
To celebrate the release of 'Novum', I'm making some bonus tracks available exclusively on Patreon. These bonus tracks include demos and special metal and orchestral versions from the album and they are included in 'Novum Extended Edition'.www.patreon.com/anttimartikainen ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Antti Martikainen
I'm updating 'Northern Steel' and 'Sonic Savior' with remasters and that's why they're currently offline. I'm not uploading them on separate releases because it messes the algorithms in many platforms if I have slighty different versions of the same songs. That's probably why neither version of Northern Steel haven't been accepted in some services since I released 'Northern Steel Remastered'. The albums should be available again next week! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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'Heavy Drop' - The sound of giant mechs dropping from the skies to crush their opponents.Stream and buy 'Novum': songwhip.com/antti-martikainen/novumSupport me and get exclusive content: www.patreon.com/anttimartikainenBuy CD's: anttimartikainen.bandcamp.com/merchMusic composed, arranged, produced, mixed and mastered by Antti MartikainenVideo by Antti MartikainenImage licensed from Shutterstock ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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'Novum' unleashes in less than a week! Here's another music video from the album, 'Ad Astra'.Get the full album now as early access: www.patreon.com/anttimartikainen ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Antti Martikainen
My supporters at Patreon get an early access to another album! This time it's 'Sonic Savior Deluxe Edition' that includes remastered versions, demos, separated stems for heavy metal instruments and background orchestras, percussion and synths, and scores, tablature, midi and MuseScore project files for every song. The public release is at the end of the year along with new CD's!www.patreon.com/anttimartikainen ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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'Cybershock', a song from 'Novum'.Download the full album as early access: www.patreon.com/anttimartikainen ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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'Velvet Dragon' from the 'Novum' album.The full album is now available for my patrons at: www.patreon.com/anttimartikainenThe public release will be on November 30. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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Undefeated, from the 'Novum' album. The full album is now available for my patrons at: www.patreon.com/anttimartikainenThe public release will be on November 30. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Antti Martikainen
HomecomingBuy and stream the album: songwhip.com/antti-martikainen/throne-of-the-northBuy CD's: anttimartikainen.bandcamp.com/merchSupport me and get monthly exclusive rewards: www.patreon.com/anttimartikainenCredits:Ian Fontova: folk instrumentsRick Curran: solo violinHillewi Elgstrand: vocalsMusic composed, arranged, produced, mixed and mastered by Antti MartikainenVideo by Antti MartikainenImages licensed from Shutterstock© 2022 Antti Martikainen ... See MoreSee Less
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