Mika Vainio (FI), currently based in Berlin, is one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland, (the other half is Ilpo Väisänen). Before starting Pan Sonic in beginning of the 90's Mika Vainio has played electronics and drums as part of the early Finnish industrial and noise scene. His solo works, under his own name and under aliases like Ø, are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Be it abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio is always creating unique, physical sounds.
He has released on labels like Touch, Wavetrap and Sähkö and he has been producing with Björk, Alan Vega of Suicide, Keiji Haino and Chicks on Speed.
In the past thirteen years Mika Vainio has exhibited in some of the major art spaces in Europe, and he has collaborated with both a number of important artists and curators. Since his musical work has been in the focus of attention, his installations have never gained the broader recognition they deserve — without good reason. In the present book, an overview will give a clear outline of this segment of his oeuvre. Also his realized soundtracks for other artists, in the genres of video, film and dance are included. Each work is presented with a significant selection of images (installation views, visuals or sketches) and an explanatory text to deliver its basic idea. In the two essays Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Daniela Cascella – longtime companions and collaborators — delicately introduce Vainio’s conceptions to further enlight the reader’s understanding. On the enclosed CDs one can find a selection of tracks created for the respective installations and soundtracks.
catalogue + 2 CD audio, 92 pages, colour/monochrome, texts by daniel klemm, daniela cascella and carl michael von hausswolff
CD1 - mika vanio. time examined, all tracks originate from the installation and soundtrack pieces presented in the book
03 The Human Fly
05 Half Awake Half Asleep
06 Berlin Sound Chamber
07 3 x Wall Clocks
11 4 x Radio
CD2 - Ø + noto. mikro makro, this is a re-issue of the original CD released on noton/rastermusic in 1997
01 Ø 12:25
02 noto 10:05
03 Ø 11:55
04 noto 06:33