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Meet Tuomas Norjanen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tuomas Norjanen.

Tuomas, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I fell in love with film and game soundtracks when I was a child while watching the Star Wars movies and playing the Star Wars Battlefront II video game. I was blown away and have not looked back since. My musical upbringing was very versatile studying multiple instruments and singing in a world-famous boys’ choir, so composing came very naturally to me. After years of experimenting and composing my own music, at 16 years old decided that I would go to Los Angeles someday to work as a film/game composer. An opportunity came up when I was accepted to Berklee College of Music with scholarships. After graduating last year, I moved to LA. Since that, I did a mentorship with Michael A. Levine and have worked with Bleeding Fingers & Extreme Music for example.

Has it been a smooth road?
My first year in LA has been wonderful in so many ways and has been a great learning experience, but the global pandemic and the current turmoil in the US have been challenging, to be honest. However, I’ve had the privilege to be still employed and work on my dream profession so I’m happy.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
My specialty as a composer is my orchestral/hybrid orchestral writing. I think I’m known for the fact that orchestral music comes to me very naturally, I’m able to work under pressure well and I deliver good consistent work. One of my great advantages is that I’m always able to record live string section (and other live instruments) in my productions myself.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think that the emergence of AI composing tools will be a huge game-changer, which we can already see in the development of smarter tools like aleatoric texture generating sample libraries. As music making will become even easier, the market will be even more oversaturated with even more music makers, and we will probably continue to see even more new music libraries emerging that don’t offer an upfront fee for the tracks.

I believe that there will always be a demand for quality music, and the real creative thinkers and storytellers will always shine and make a living out of composing/music production, no matter how the landscape will change in the future. I think that the melody-driven music will come back and will be demanded, but it requires that the composers take more creative approach in ways of expressing that quality in the story without making it sound like a cliche.

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