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Viimeinen Monni (the Last Catfish)

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Viimeinen Monni (the Last Catfish)

Peerless harmonic baroque movement for the winter months.

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Muistetun Palaava Taajuus

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Muistetun Palaava Taajuus

Tense and foreboding drones with a cavernous 808 subbass.

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Kolmas Piiri (third Area)

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Kolmas Piiri (third Area)

Drone detachment from the brilliant Kajo album on Touch.

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Bury A Horse's Head

Mika Vainio

Bury A Horse's Head

Gothically cinematic abstraction reaching the furthest climes of the frequency spectrum.

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Ikuinen

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Ikuinen

Musique concreté and dub-weighted spacescapes from the 'Happi' EP.

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Mika Vainio & Fennesz

Invisible Architecture #2a

Mika Vainio & Fennesz

Invisible Architecture #2a

A meeting of avant-garde minds exploring the thresholds of noise manipulation.

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Aanikuva / Sound Picture

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Aanikuva / Sound Picture

Glistening electronic psychedelia with a head-meltingly exquisite ending.

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Motelli (motel)

Mika Vainio

Motelli (motel)

Sustained tonal saturation from the nether regions of Vainio's mind.

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Unessa (in Sleep)

Mika Vainio

Unessa (in Sleep)

Near-silent somnambulent atmospheres for followers of the Hafler Trio or Coil.

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Tasanko

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Tasanko

A spectral guitar feels its way through pitch-black unheimlich atmospherics.

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Popol Vuh

Nachts (Schnee Mika Vainio Remix)

Popol Vuh

Nachts (Schnee Mika Vainio Remix)

Glacial symphonic ambience with a shocking twist. A stunning piece of work.

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Han Oli Aani Joskus (he Was A Sound Sometimes)

Mika Vainio

Han Oli Aani Joskus (he Was A Sound Sometimes)

Adventurous experimentalism sculpted from purest sine waves and electrical current.

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Lucio Capece & Mika Vainio

Valontuo

Lucio Capece & Mika Vainio

Valontuo

Displaying the aesthetics of improvised jazz and extreme electronics from the brilliant Emego release.

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Tuulessa / In Wind

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Tuulessa / In Wind

A sublime two and half minute respite from barren landscapes.

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This time on 14tracks:

“Mika Vainio: The Noise Component”

With a resolutely intransigent aesthetic rooted in the experimental arts and heavily influenced by the Industrial music of groups like Throbbing Gristle and Einstürzende Neubauten, Mika Vainio has over the last two decades provided the world with some of its most brilliantly visceral and experimental music. Few other artists have accomplished such a range of forms and styles, and fewer still have executed them with such a concrete character and idiosyncratic touch. As half of the legendary Pan Sonic group with Ilpo Vasainen he redefined power electronics in the wake of the 80's industrial pioneers, while veering off on solo tangents of enchanted ambient abstraction and stringently reduced techno, seeing Chicago and Detroit functions through a frosted lens of physical Finnish stoicism. Like the most obstinate geniuses, Mika encountered a problem and manufactured his own solution, with help from longtime collaborator Jari Lehtinen creating an array of custom built synthesizers and drum machines altered to his very precise specification. And it's this unbending will and ability to manipulate sounds from their sources that's seen his talent in such huge demand from the world's finest experimental bands and producers, from Sunn 0))) to Alan Vega and Merzbow, solidifying his status as a visionary virtuoso of immeasurable value.

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On 30 Sep 08:41 andrew wright said:

“headphones”

listening to Vainio on headphones loud is unlike anything i've ever experienced. The man has a perfect understanding of how to manipulate physical and emotional responses through frequency changes and the most minute shifts in sound. I love this selection - another top to bottom winner i'd recommend to Vainio newcomers and aficionado's alike, respect to sites like this one for highlighting the most important and often unnoticed contemporary works out there.

On 30 Sep 09:25 john fenton said:

“thanks again....”

....for educating. what do u call this kind of music? gonna investigate these and then check out Pan Sonic, have always meant to, but if this is anything to go by i've really been missing out.

On 30 Sep 21:58 Phil Thompson said:
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“Hey! there's a recession on!”

Dang! another amazing 14 tracks I have to buy...don't you know there's no money going round? he he... keep up the good work!
hey John... you got to see Pan Sonic live...trouser moving stuff.

On 03 Oct 07:31 Jeffrey Collins said:
http://14tracks.com

“Oh Man I need more money!”

I have been a fan of Mika's music since a good friend introduced me to Panasonic back in 98. Been trying to keep up with his work since then but with people this independent, it's sometimes hard to keep up on them. So thanks to Boomkat and 14 tracks for being around, so that I don't have to chase after all their new music. I can just get it here.

On 05 Oct 17:51 jason anderson said:
http://14tracks.com

“5 ***** Stars”

extra thanks for including the incredible collage by Mika Vainio & Fennesz
Invisible Architecture #2a +++++

On 02 Nov 18:54 odbpowell said:

A true knight of the realm... Hail Mika.