Video game music in Finland

by Lasse Lehtonen, Salla Hakkola, Elina Lajunen, Ari Pulkkinen, Janne Sala, Jonne Valtonen

Video game music has become increasingly prominent in musical life in Finland. Live performances of game music attract sold-out audiences in prominent concert halls, such as Finlandia Hall, and a number of Finnish professional musicians have recalled that their serious interest in music was sparked by music in games. And yet, the status of game music in public discourse remains somewhat ambivalent. How does one create game music, and how does one become so intrigued by it? This special issue introduces some of the fascinating and diverse aspects of game music in Finland.

Special Feature cover photo created with DALL·E 2