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Sunday 19 May 2019, 7.30pm

Mika Vainio Birthday & Memorial Book Launch: Ilpo Väisänen (live) + Russell Haswell (live) + CM von Hausswolff & Peter Rehberg (live) + Cucina Povera (live - an antiphonic sending)

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A special event gathering together many of Mika’s old friends and collaborators to celebrate the publication of blastfirstpetite.com’s ’Psychopomp for M.T.V.’ in the form of a 250+ page, full colour, limited edition, hardback book containing photographs from the Vainio family archive; a broad range of artistic contributions (text, photographic and visual remembrances) from Mika's artist friends and collaborators; an updated and exhaustive MV discography; Jennifer Lucy Allen’s unedited transcript for her Wire magazine 2013 ”Invisible Jukebox', plus an exclusive CD of previously unreleased Pansonic performance recordings - ”Turku Moai - live on Rapa Nui”, gathered from their celebrated 2001 Round-The-World Tour.

Ilpo Väisänen

Together with Mika Vainio, Ilpo Väisänen was part of the Finnish trio/duo Pan Sonic, one of the most ground-breaking and innovating projects in contemporary electronic music. In a musical form in which sequencing and recording music using computers is standard, the group was known for recording everything live, straight to DAT (Digital Audio Tape) using home-made and modified synthesizers and effect units. In December 2009 their split was announced, and Mika and Ilpo continued with their own solo projects.
Ilpo’s former releases on his own label Kangaroo, a sub-label of Raster-Noton, have clearly shown his personal affinity with dub music.
Apart from that he is also playing some kind of free-form noise with a tendency to drone with Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) in the duo Angel / Die Angel with the latest outcome: "Entropien I" on the Berlin based label Cosmo Rhythmic.
ANGEL has performed in Europe and North America at festivals like:
Send&Receive, US-Winnipeg / CTM, DE-Berlin (various editions) / Les Siestes Electriques, FR-Toulouse / Teatro Fundamenta Nueve, IT-Venice / Synch, GR-Athens

Ilpo Väisänen is equally working on his solo productions, often under his alias I-LP-O In Dub.

In order to generate his sounds and soundscapes Ilpo Väisänen rarely uses more than the simplest of devices: analog keyboards and other oscillators he's fabricated himself. In an age of digital ubiquities, his economy of means and anachronistic aura almost constitutes a challenge, indeed a provocation.

One discovers this postulate within the solo releases that Väisänen has issued since 1995. His world permanently fluctuates between hot and cold; composed of creaks, whistles, strange noises and rhythmic improbabilities, it's a world oftentimes futuristic, yet prehistoric.



The elusive, highly influential one man ’Japanoise’ electronic pioneer.
AMP label owner/rider.

Russell Haswell

Russell Haswell is a restlessly forward-thinking, multi-disciplinary artist, performer and curator. With a background steeped in computer music, black metal, noise, techno and solo improvisation, his practice is renowned for broaching the extremities of visual and sonic arts. He’s performed in noted live and HDJ [hard disc jockey] actions with Aphex Twin, Gescom, Pan Sonic and Masami Akita (Merzbow), among others, and worked with Florian Hecker on Iannis Xenakis’ UPIC system in their Haswell & Hecker duo, whoseBlackest Ever Black LP is widely considered a milestone of modern electronic music composition—and zweikommasieben Magazin has been a fan ever since.


Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Carl Michael von Hausswolff was born in 1956 in Linköping, Sweden. He lives and works in Stockholm.

Since the end of the 1970s, Hausswolff has worked as a composer using the audio recorder as his main instrument and as a conceptual visual artist working with performance art, light- and sound installations and photography

Carl Michael von Hausswolff is one of the Kings of Elgaland-Vargaland, as King Michael 1st.

You can find more information on the KREV website


Pita Rehberg

Mr Edition Mego label, and a cornucopia of solo and collaborative sound summoning activities.

Cucina Povera

Cucina Povera is a Fenno-karelian producer with feet firmly in Glasgow, mind aloft in the imaginary and heart ambling around Europe. Produced, curated, composed and performed as part of Luxos (optimo, huntleys and palmers), Between the Acts (subcity radio, GI, radiophrenia) and Gong bath (green door studios).
"I make songs about nourishment, precarity and serendipitous ephemera."

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