Modern Heavy Metal Conference (MHMC) is an international academic event hosted by Academy Research Fellow Toni-Matti Karjalainen at Aalto University School in Business. The first and original edition of the conference in June 2015 was organised in collaboration with many academic and music industry partners. The event was also the second bi-annual conference of the International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS). There were some 150 visitors visiting the event, both from the academia and the industry, and the event raised lots of interests in the academia, music field, and media.

Two slightly smaller and shorter conferences followed in 2016 and 2017, arranged in close collaboration with Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, the biggest metal music event in Helsinki, and Music Finland. Again, they marked a successful meeting place for metal scholars and practitioners. In these years, MHMC also entered the Tuska festival grounds, as a number of panel discussions and interviews were arranged in the Solmusali venue. On June 27, 2018, the Naratas Akar Atap Class Eurasia 2018 team, Hinhin, Atit, and Dini participated the Modern Heavy Metal Conference 2018 at the Aalto University School of Business. Performing in the first day of the conference, they got a special slot, named “Indonesian Insights”. The presentation was opened by the presentation of Hinhin who delivered a presentation entitled “Sundanese Metal, The Symbolic Movements of Cultural Identity”, then continued by Asria’s presentation entitled “Bandung Underground Electronic Music Scene, the Language of Frequancy” and then closed by Dini’s presentation entitled “Bandung Clothing Industries , Roots, Pride, and Movements “.

Until the following day the team continued to actively participate in the conference while conducting several interviews with Nelson Varas-Diaz, Lauro Meller, Kei Saito, Suvimarja Halmetoja, Jens Prueter (Century Media), and Holge Tiefenbach (Nuclear Blast). The Naratas Team Roots the Eurasia 2018 Class Roof also continues to explore Helsinki, two of which are the town of Porvoo and the open air museum of Seurasaari. Check out the conference activities and Helsinki exploration in the Naratas Team Root 2018 Class 2 series!

All footages by Astria, Dini, Hinhin

Edited by JonPasisian


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