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Just got the Pan Sonic 4-disc box, Kesto. Anyone else hear it? Holy shit!!! (amazing)

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Friday, 16 April 2004 04:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

wha? new stuff? or compiled? please help, i'm far too lazy to use google!!!

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 16 April 2004 06:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I just tried to find some stuff about it and all I could get was Mute's US release schedule. They're playing in Edinburgh in a couple of weeks. I cannot wait.

hmmm (hmmm), Friday, 16 April 2004 08:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


hmmm (hmmm), Friday, 16 April 2004 09:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


hmmm (hmmm), Friday, 16 April 2004 09:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

April 5, 2004


New Album: KESTO (234:48:4)
Release Date: May 18, 2004

"There is no theory for PAN SONIC. We have no plan. We just make the music."
(Mika Vainio)

KESTO (234:48:4) is a brand new quartet of compact discs from PAN SONIC (Mika Vainio
and Ilpo Vaisanen) available only as one complete set.

This is an epic work in the true sense of the word.

The title means "strength" or "duration", entirely appropriate in both the size of this work (over four hours of new music) and the scale of the band's adventures since the release of their last album Aaltopiiri in 2001.

Directly after Aaltopiiri's release, uninspired by the traditional rock and roll performance circuit they had so elegantly mastered since their public birth in 1995, PAN SONIC undertook a mammoth round-the-world tour that was organized via an enthusiastic response to two small adverts in The Wire music magazine. The adverts invited promoters,
fans or the merely curious to offer the band a range of far flung locations and exotic venues in which to perform. In exchange, the band asked only for the promise of accommodation and a percentage of any profits that the event might generate. They received hundreds of offers, which resulted in a eight-week-long expedition that took them from their base in Barcelona to Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland , Papeete, Easter Island, Buenos Aires, Tijuana, Mexico City, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Princeton University, and Reykjavik. In the course of the tour they played in every type of venue, from major concert halls to back street "rumbatini" shacks, gathering inspirational atmospheres from a wide and wild variety of events including a monkeys' tea party, an Easter Island shebeen, late night hot springs and frozen snow baths, audio recordings of the famous stone heads of Easter Island and the lo rider cars of Tijuana, and working with a 40-member Icelandic choir.
They had fully expected to continue on for another four weeks by driving to events in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Israel and Greece, but Mika Vainio fell ill through the physical and mental stress of almost constant travel and performances, causing the Eastern Bloc section to be cancelled. The travelogue recommenced in Istanbul and was completed in Athens, but Mika vowed from there on in that touring would consist of no more than four consecutive performances.

After a lengthy period of recovery Mika relocated himself and their studio to Berlin from their first temporary home of Barcelona, where they had moved in 1998 to escape the long Finnish winters in their hometown of Turku, 100 miles west of Helsinki.

The original discussions of ideas for the new recordings were based around Mika's favourite painter Francis Bacon and his use of the triptych (a format Bacon used a number of times in his lifetime). Always pushing the boundaries, PAN SONIC were inspired to go on to record a fourth part.

Those familiar with PAN SONIC's work may detect a correlation between their use of sound and Bacon's use of paint; the KESTO recordings represent a substantial new depth and vitality in the quality of their sound palette that brings a newfound life force and delicate violence into their music.

PAN SONIC have remained true to their original and pioneering use of their special handmade analogue tone generators, more old radio set than synthesisers, with the occasional use of digital samplers for the more rhythmic sounds. They still record live to DAT tape in real time with no overdubbing.

The sounds within are complemented by the award winning photography of fellow Finnish artist Anne Hamalainen.

Meet the "quadruplets":

(As PAN SONIC often use a form of slang or "twisted" Finnish words, for this release they have added their nearest understanding of the Finnish meaning in English wherever possible to help listeners to integrate the source atmosphere into the tracks)

KESTO (234:48:4) = 234 minutes, 48 seconds, 4 milliseconds

01. Rahina 1/ Mayhem 1
02. Mutaaattori / Mutator
03. Onkalo / Cavity
04. Pakoisvoima / Fugalforce
05. Louhi
06. Rahina II / Mayhem II
07. Tiimu / Halter
08. Keskeisvoima / Central force
09. Vahentaja / Diminisher
10. Rahina III / Mayhem III
11. Lautturi / Rafter
12. Painovoima / Gravity

01. Etaisyys / Distance
02. Konnat / Toads
03. Virtamuuntaja / Current-Transformer
04. Tasmania
05. Johto 5 / Cable 5
06. Valomuuntaja / Light-Transformer
07. Altistus / Exposure
08. Routa-olio / Groundfrost
09. Telemiittit / Telemites
10. Sykkiva / Throbbing
11. Prospekt Vernatskogo
12 Arktinen / Arctic

01. Viemarimaailma / Sewageworld
02. Kaytava / Corridor
03. Ilmenemismuoto / Appearanceform
04. Pakkasen Holvit / Arches of Frost
05. Selittamaton / Inexplicable
06. Ilma / Air
07. Koljan Uni / Sleep of Haddock
08. Linjat / Lines

01. Sateily / Radiation

This year PAN SONIC have already provided a sound installation for the Berlin Biennale and
performed at the Phillip Glass "Alter Ego" festival in Milan.

They will play the UK for the first time in nearly three years in April at The Triptych Festival
(Edinburgh / Aberdeen / Glasgow) and in May at "RE~TG" – a celebration of Industrial Music in the 21st Century" at Camber Sands as special guests of the curators, Throbbing Gristle.

In November they travel to China to perform at Beijing's 2nd electronic music festival and in early 2005 they will return to Japan and Australia, as well as attempt their first tour of

They will also feature in David Toop's new book Haunted Weather and the accompanying double CD (out April) and in American digital film maker Edward Quist's much anticipated
1999 debut long-form DVD KUVAPUTKI (summer 2004)

The Rebukes of Hazard (mjt), Friday, 16 April 2004 10:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My god.

hmmm (hmmm), Friday, 16 April 2004 11:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ooohhhhhhhhhhh yeeeeaaaaaahhhhhh

Peking Order, Friday, 16 April 2004 12:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Holy shit!!! (amazing)"

Great review, Ken.

I hope this thing doesn't cost a BUZZillion dollars.

peepee (peepee), Friday, 16 April 2004 13:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

haha.. thanks Pat. i'm in the midst of trying to string together 400 words for an actual review right now and all i can come up with is Holy Shit! Amazing..haha. it *is* that good.

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Friday, 16 April 2004 17:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


has it laeked yet?

:|, Friday, 16 April 2004 18:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

this looks seriously epic.

speaking of 4cd albums, when is an electronic artist going to do something along the lines of "zaireeka"?

vahid (vahid), Friday, 16 April 2004 18:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

like this? i guess its not puerly eletcronic though.

:|, Friday, 16 April 2004 19:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

but then niether are pansonic.

:|, Friday, 16 April 2004 19:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

your link is broked

vahid (vahid), Friday, 16 April 2004 19:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oy. like this i maent.

:|, Friday, 16 April 2004 19:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

although i will definitely purchase this elsewhere, amazon has it for $32.98 (released 18 may), not bad for 4 cds.

tricky disco (disco stu), Friday, 16 April 2004 23:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

anyone else ever hear the similarity of Esplendor Geometrico and Pan Sonic?


andrew jones (andrew jones), Saturday, 17 April 2004 00:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone notice how "Diminisher" [track 9, CD 1] sounds almost exactly like Faust's "Krautrock"?

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Saturday, 17 April 2004 03:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone notice how the AMG bio is marred by an apparent global search and replace from "Panasonic" (where this is clearly intended) to "Pan sonic" (throughout)? Viz.:
Pan sonic added live performance to their regular repertoire in 1996, playing a number of gigs throughout Europe and Japan, as well as touring with gothic rock group the Swans.... By 1998, an inevitable confrontation with the Japanese manufacturing giant also known as Pan sonic had resulted in a name-change of sorts, to Pan sonic.

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Saturday, 17 April 2004 04:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Just got this... only been thru the 1st CD but it is excellent. It's like Merzbow meets glam rock, crazily overdriven chords w/ a pop stomp. So far so good.

Mark (MarkR), Saturday, 24 April 2004 02:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i fucking love the dirty-as-fuck juan atkins-style electro shit on discs 1 and 2

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Saturday, 24 April 2004 02:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Are you joking, Mark?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Saturday, 24 April 2004 04:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No, not joking, parts of CD 1 are insane w/ power chords. Other CDs quite different.

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 6 May 2004 02:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i'm most of the way through the first cd right now, and yeah, it's pretty 'pop' - i guess i'm the only one not blown away by this (yet - there are three discs to go and i'll report as I go) - some of it sounds so uncharacteristically cluttered / cheap. Like bad Def Jux beats or some godawful electro-noise.

Either way, even if it gets great, i'll be putting my copy up on ebay as soon as i'm done reviewing it, if anyone's interested...

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 7 May 2004 00:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

disc three is intense - like a symphony of dreary silence, field recordings and echoe-y clatter. My favorite so far. This might require a second sitting...

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 7 May 2004 01:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
i just bought this

does that make you want to touch yourself? (nordicskilla), Thursday, 7 April 2005 15:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
i just listened to disc 1. maybe the most exciting far out music i have heard in the zero years. the last time i remember noise being so addictive was 1991. loveless. kesto's first disc has got beats though. suicide come to mind. the beats sound as cheap but much more clever. droney stuff to survive the long dark finnish winter. i have to drop a third big name. spacemen 3. whom i don't know well but love in theory. this is how psychedelic music should sound in the third millenium. finally i start appreciating electronic music. fucked up but in a glorious way.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Sunday, 28 August 2005 16:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm so happy you like it alex. It's so wonderful and epic. The last 2 discs don't get enough love though. 4 is a perfect drone.

Sundar (sundar), Sunday, 28 August 2005 21:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

so good

never realized how drastically the tone changes starting with disc three, this is the first time I've listened to it all in one sitting.

sleeve, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

yikes, just looked this up on amazon and the cheapest used one is going for a mere $177.

Robert Necrofrost, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

just read that pan sonic have split

this makes me rather sad but there is supposedly a final album out shortly

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

"yikes, just looked this up on amazon and the cheapest used one is going for a mere $177."

zoinks! i like this album, but, um...

scott seward, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

one just sold for 57 bucks on ebay. hmmmm....

scott seward, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

if that was the only conceivable way to obtain it then $177 would be worth paying

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

i don't ever listen to it. but i do like it as an artifact. and i did enjoy listening to it, like, once or twice. i dig them. i liked the album that came out before it even more. still kinda mad at myself that i didn't buy that live album on vinyl when i saw it years ago. owning a live pan sonic album on vinyl just seems cool to me for some reason.

scott seward, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

their albums have a sort of palpable analogue heaviness that makes you think they deserve to be artifacts rather than some flac files or w/e

kesto has had great longevity imo

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Only albums I've found and heard so far are Aaltopiiri and the live one with Keiji Haino from last year. Love the former; the latter I haven't really latched onto yet, but that's how a lot of Haino stuff can go.

What should I check out next?

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

*A* was the album i really liked. from 1999.

scott seward, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 15:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

one of those groups that definitely brings back lsd sense memories for me. pan sonic, so good i can taste them!

scott seward, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 15:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

recently pulled out the Charlemagne Palestine collabo ...

Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 18:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

one just sold for 57 bucks on ebay. hmmmm....

― scott seward, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:44 (7 hours ago)

LOL this was mine, I burned it.

sleeve, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 22:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kesto is great because there are four whole discs in the box! and there are pictures on each! and each disc is pretty different from the others!

I should pull this out.

mh, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 22:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

I willn't sell my copy of this album ever but I have to say I love Pan Sonic more when they're hardly barely there than when they're beating the shit out my head with dustbin lids.

National Sockpuppet Helpline (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 22:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Am regretting not buying this when it was wide in the open before, maybe I`ll take a look at some other places when I do my next CD scavenge.

EDB, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 01:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

forty something euros on discogs currently seems about right

just picked up this gem recently

despite the sahko revival being (sadly) well and truly over - just that brutal post-industrial beat tool thing that mika vainio does best

then picked up a copy of the pansonic collabo with bruce gilbert from wire on mego, really minimal and rhythmic industrial music, no beats.

i wonder if jamal moss is aware that he got beaten to the IBM name by a couple of years

anita bonghit (rionat), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

that kentolevi ep is highly recommended btw if you like the corroded dancehall styles of panasonic circa "urania" but even more pared down and singular. so sick

get a goal (rionat), Friday, 26 February 2010 11:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

pulled this out the other day from cds i had in storage to try and undo the harm my ears have undergone by itunes claims circa 2005 that 160kbps is 'better than cd quality'. great album, i thought the ambient pieces were weak initially but i guess i just have more patience these days

straightola, Friday, 26 February 2010 13:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Final album next month, Gravitoni.

StanM, Thursday, 8 April 2010 17:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

11 pan finale


there'll be plenty from mika and probably ilpo vaisanen separately i'd guess

nakhchivan, Thursday, 8 April 2010 19:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah 53 is no age

briscall stool chart (wins), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:03 (one year ago) Permalink

what the hell



sleeve, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink


On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Man, that's a shock. Figured he would just keep on for decades. Never did see him or Pan Sonic live in the end, and now regret it.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:18 (one year ago) Permalink

In recent years I thought his Konstellaatio and Kilo albums were both so great, and still not sounding like much else.

calzino, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink


Have listened to so much Ø stuff this year, I think that project was some kind of platonic ideal of minimal techno.

Dominique, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:25 (one year ago) Permalink

absolutely, agreed

sleeve, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:32 (one year ago) Permalink


My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:36 (one year ago) Permalink

I was able to see him live once and was sad when he cancelled an appearance at a festival I was at a couple years later because I was really looking forward to seeing him again. Such an incredibly influential musician

a landlocked exclave (mh 😏), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Absolutely huge loss. :(


ed.b, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Genuinely gutted.

emil.y, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:55 (one year ago) Permalink

terrible news


the late great, Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:00 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP. The first ever laptop-only performance I saw was him, Peter Rehberg and Christian Fennesz at the LMC experimental music festival in London, 1998 I think. All the crusty old jazz dudes walked out within about 5 minutes, it was great.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:05 (one year ago) Permalink

this is bullshit and rong

pan sonic rule forever

j., Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:18 (one year ago) Permalink

really devastated by this.

Have listened to so much Ø stuff this year, I think that project was some kind of platonic ideal of minimal techno.

indeed. i think he helped kill my love of techno as almost everything that came afterwards felt old and redundant in comparison, to my ears.

stirmonster, Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:18 (one year ago) Permalink

kuvio 4 eva

KitevsPill, Thursday, 13 April 2017 19:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Such a shock. I've had Kulma (sides C and D) sitting on my turntable for the last 48 hours and disc 4 of Kesto was sat in the CD player overnight so that's a bit freaky. It's not like I listen to his work all the time but I had a binge this week.


Michael Jones, Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Reports coming in that he died accidentally while on holiday in France.

heaven parker (anagram), Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:26 (one year ago) Permalink


Simply gutted by this. All the Ø stuff is so great already, but Kesto was essential, formative for me. He had so much brilliant music in him still. We'll never get to know it. RIP.

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I've been listening to 'Virta 1' on repeat. It's taken on an almost requiem-like quality:

pomenitul, Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:27 (one year ago) Permalink

53? Awful. RIP.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Why bother linking to that tripe?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 14 April 2017 14:39 (one year ago) Permalink


StanM, Friday, 14 April 2017 14:41 (one year ago) Permalink

oh come on, that story is great

sleeve, Friday, 14 April 2017 14:44 (one year ago) Permalink

it's a good story!

a landlocked exclave (mh 😏), Friday, 14 April 2017 15:17 (one year ago) Permalink

also I'm cracking up remembering the mixed reactions on ilm to autechre having russell haswell as an opener recently

a landlocked exclave (mh 😏), Friday, 14 April 2017 15:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, that is a good story, sorry Albert.

I've never really paid much attention to Russell Haswell but isn't he basically just a try-hard dickhead?

emil.y, Friday, 14 April 2017 15:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Bjork drops in on Mika in his Barcelona flat:

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 15 April 2017 18:17 (one year ago) Permalink


the late great, Saturday, 15 April 2017 18:25 (one year ago) Permalink

That's beautiful.

What documentary or series is that from? Did Bjork do more of these?

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 15 April 2017 18:48 (one year ago) Permalink

These guys passed me by a little but RIP. What's the best record to start with?

Matt DC, Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:45 (one year ago) Permalink

The quadruple lp Kesto of the thread title is a good place to start imo, at least it was my gateway album to them.

calzino, Sunday, 16 April 2017 13:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Kesto is huge, yeah, and a lot of it is good. For something more compact, I actually find Gravitoni really enjoyable and inviting. A was the first thing I heard by them and it made me turn my head; I haven't listened to it in years: I wonder how it would hold up.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 16 April 2017 13:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Pan Sonic live in NYC, 1998. Alan Vega joins in at the end. fantastic.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 16 April 2017 13:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I could really do with blasting out Kesto at ear-splitting volume right now, but I have a new neighbours and they are so charming and brought some cake around yesterday. I won't do it to them!

calzino, Sunday, 16 April 2017 13:47 (one year ago) Permalink

do it FOR them

j., Sunday, 16 April 2017 14:19 (one year ago) Permalink

sounds like a plan!

calzino, Sunday, 16 April 2017 14:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Gravity still rocks so hard, what a track!

calzino, Sunday, 16 April 2017 15:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I think my peak interest in these was back in '05 and I can't remember which other albums I liked best at the time. But I can remember one track that made me think if they ever made a movie about the Kursk submarine disaster - this would be the soundtrack.

calzino, Sunday, 16 April 2017 15:38 (one year ago) Permalink

i like pan sonic a lot but i prefer vainio's solo work as Ø

check out the compilation tulkinta, the albums metri and olento and then move on to the album oleva

the late great, Sunday, 16 April 2017 16:51 (one year ago) Permalink

man all I have is Tulkinta (which I love), gotta pick up some of those other ones

see also: Philus

sleeve, Sunday, 16 April 2017 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP. Was lucky enough to see Pan Sonic twice ... or maybe only once, depending on your definition. The first time was just before they changed their name, the second time was a couple of years later but they walked off stage about five minutes into their set because the acoustics of the venue weren't to their liking. The promoter was pissed and had to refund everyone's money. AFAIK they never played again in Toronto after that.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 16 April 2017 17:38 (one year ago) Permalink

man it felt like there'd just always be a steady stream of hq noisy techno coming out from vainio for the rest of my life. r.i.p. miss this dude a lot already :-/

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 16 April 2017 18:41 (one year ago) Permalink

fearless artist, much respect, RIP

a but (brimstead), Sunday, 16 April 2017 18:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Paul Smith on Mika:

Position Position, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:24 (one year ago) Permalink

very good, thx

sleeve, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:34 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...
two months pass...

Hey, nice

Artfully shot on 16mm by Jimi Tenor in 1995, Sähkö The Movie - a title fans have given the film in the absence of any official one - is a suitably abstract portrayal of the singular label in its prime. Finnish artists featured include Sähkö co-founder Tommi Grönlund, Mono Junk, Hertsi, IFÖ, and, of course, Mika Vainio himself.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

oh man, I forgot that they were going to be premiering that

apparently it was either shown or released very briefly years ago but it seems like a great, if sad, time to really bring it to prominence. I've heard it's pretty great.

mh, Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:25 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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