Our keynote speakers are Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard and Petri Alanko.


Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard

Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard is the Obel Professor of Music at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has published widely across subjects as diverse as sound, biofeedback in computer games, virtuality, the Uncanny Valley, and IT systems and also writes free, open source software for virtual research environments (WIKINDX). Mark is series editor for the Palgrave Macmillan series Studies in Sound, and his books include the anthologies Game Sound Technology & Player Interaction (IGI Global 2011) and The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality (Oxford University Press 2014), and, with co-author Tom Garner, a monograph entitled Sonic Virtuality (Oxford University Press 2015). A two-volume anthology, The Oxford Handbook of Sound & Imagination, is due in 2018 from Oxford University Press.

Petri Alanko

alanko.jpgPetri Alanko (aka Lowland) is a BAFTA nominated Finnish composer, musician and producer. His dynamic repertoire ranges from the haunting orchestral/electronic score for Remedy Entertainment’s psycho-thriller, Alan Wake, to elegant and sophisticated classical arrangements for Imaginaerum The Movie, based on the album by symphonic metal band Nightwish. His latest release was the epic and emotional electronic sci-fi score for Remedy’s cinematic blockbuster, Quantum Break. Later this year he'll be releasing his first solo album, under his moniker Lowland. The album, "We've Been Here Before" consists of 13 tracks, and is being released through Black Hole Recordings. Currently, he's composing music for the single player mode of Smilegate's CrossFire 2 blockbuster.

As an artist and performer, Alanko has toured extensively with popular Finnish bands, recorded two critically acclaimed albums Classical Trancelations 1 and 2 under his Lowland moniker, created special remixes (such as Armin van Buuren’s “Embrace” classical mix), involved in additional production, and has collaborated with DJ Orkidea on his albums Metaverse, 20 and Harmonia, as well as their numerous joint production remixes. Recently Alanko’s concerts included “Classical Trancelations In Concert” performances, two groundbreaking sold-out-in-a-flash events of electronic dance music and trance classics with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Ahjo Choir, along with special guest vocalists (MARiANNA, Paleface, Sami Uotila) and saxophonist Tapani Rinne (of Rinneradio). The concerts were part of the Helsinki Festival at Helsinki Music House, in August 26th, 2016. Music media all over the world noticed this special performance.