Mikko Tarmia (b. 1978) is an award-winning composer from Finland, best known for his contribution in critically acclaimed survival horror games developed by Frictional Games.
Mikko had his first touch in composing at the beginning of 90s with Amiga MOD trackers and techno music, but later on he received more and more influences from orchestral music and so he learned to play several instruments and finally joined conservatory to get some formal music education (his primary instrument is bassoon). He also holds a bachelor's degree from Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences where he studied music production.
At 2002 Mikko composed music for his first computer game project, Codeblender Software's submarine action game DeepTrouble. In the following years he composed music for few other Codeblender titles as well, such as Epsilon Tahari: Reign of the Machines, Rally Shift and Deep Trouble 2.
At 2006 Mikko was asked to make some music for Penumbra, a technical demo for survival horror game developed by Frictional Games. Penumbra gained massive popularity in internet and Frictional Games decided to make Penumbra a commercial game. Penumbra was going to be released in episodes and Mikko was commissioned to compose all the music for them. A cult classic was born. The Penumbra series has received numerous awards, critical acclaim as well as recognition for its fresh approach to the survival horror genre.
Mikko continued his successful collaboration with Frictional Games and composed soundtrack for their next survival horror game Amnesia: The Dark Descent (released september 2010) which became a massive hit and is described as one of the scariest games ever done. With his work for Amnesia, Mikko received some professional recognition as the game won "Excellence in Audio" award at 2011 Independent Games Festival.
Mikko also runs an independent music label called The Sound of Fiction, which specialises in bringing film and video game music to its fans. At 2008 the label released its first production, AIKA, an atmospheric orchestral soundtrack wrapped around a philosophically inspired science fiction story written by Tom Jubert. For more info visit AIKA website. The label has also released soundtrack albums for Penumbra series and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
Currently Mikko is working on Frictional Games' next project in addition to a long-awaited action-adventure game Overgrowth, developed by Wolfire Games.
Mikko Tarmia @ MySpace
Mikko Tarmia @ SoundCloud
Mikko Tarmia @ Mobygames
Interview / Square Enix Music Online
Rise of the Virtual Orchestra
Making of Amnesia: The Dark Descent (video)
Interview / Gamer.ru
Interview / Gooch and The Dooshebag's radio show
Interview / SoundCtrl.com
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