Welcome to my website. Here you can find info about me, and the things I am good at and like to do (big surprise), as well as read some blogposts about some stuff I’ve done. In addition, there might be the occasional sharing of my thoughts on a variety of subjects ( it will most likely be about a new movie I saw).
My full name is Juri Akseli Lukkarila (although my friends and family call me Aksu), and I am really into audio and computers. I recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences from the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, majoring in Acoustics and Audio Technology. I am currently working as a project employee at the Aalto University Speech Recognition research group, continuing the work I did in my Master’s thesis.
I have also been deeply immersed in electronic music and digital audio for as long as I can remember, dabbling with producing my own music and toying around with a wide variety of pro audio equipment and technology. I have been djaying for over ten years now professionally and djaying was my primary source of income (meaning I payed my rent with it) during my studies from the year 2013 to 2017. I have been hosting a bi-weekly radio show called Ruff Cut together with my good friend and dj-partner Lasse since 2011 on the Finnish top urban and electronic music radio station Bassoradio. I also do audio production and editing on a freelance-basis, especially for various dance and theatre shows, as well as radio commercials for our club nights, in addition to remixing and remastering music for my own pleasure and dj-sets.
During my free time music plays a big part naturally, but I am also an avid cinephile, home theater enthusiast and book reader with a preference towards thought-provoking science fiction and fact. I used to dance quite seriously and won a bunch of Finnish championships in street dancing. And of course last but not least, I am a dedicated PC gamer with (action) RPGs, (turn-based) strategy and story-driven games being most near to my heart. Lately, I have also started to spend time at the gym to balance sitting (and standing) in front of a computer all day long.
About this site
This is a self-hosted website running WordPress, since I figured (and Google results seemed to agree) that it’s the most convenient way to get a decent website up and running without too much effort (as I have not been that interested in web development before). After a quite a lot of googling around, I settled on Hostingpalvelu.fi as the web hotel, and everything has gone smoothly so far. I am using the Customizr theme with a custom child-theme to move all the posts to the blog page while keeping the default front page functionality intact. One day I aspire to have a site of my own actual design and programming with some fancy animations, background video and everything, but alas, learning web development is not that high on my priorities list at the moment (I would rather spend that time with C++ doing audio and graphics stuff), so for now WordPress will have to suffice.