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Artist: AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA
Title: Madam Im Adam
Format: Double CD
Label: Love
Country: Finland
Price: $28.00
Intense double CD from this avant-garde underground icon from Finland, who recorded solo and with groups like The Sperm (who released one legendary freak out LP, Shh! in 1970), Gandhi-Freud, Ajraxin. Disc one features tracks from 1968-2002. Disc 2 is all new previoulsy unreleased remixes from: Nurse With Wound, Simon Wickham-Smith, Es, Mira Calix, Curd Duca, Anton Nikkila etc. If you were impressed by the Love Records compilation Arktinen Hysteria , this is the next step. "The music of Petta Airaksinen (b. 1945) has been far ahead of its time for most of his 40 year long career. His finest recordings from the 60s are more reminiscent of industrial music and noise (which would emerge ten years later) than of the music of his precursors and contemporaries. In the early 80s few people, if any, were mixing mechanic beats and free jazz like he did -- favourable conditions for this kind of music didnt really exist until the turn of the century. His latest genre-hopping work will also probably take a long time to become fully appreciated. This compilation is a fairly subjective selection of his works from each of these periods. The selection of remixes commissioned for the second disc of the compilation aims to find a contemporary context for his work and to expand connections, some of which already existed. For example Nurse With Wound namechecked Airaksinen on their famous list of influences that came with their debut LP Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella (1979), while Finlands Es played together with Airaksinen in his first live performance since 1987 at Avanto Helsinki Media Art Festival in 2001." - Love.
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Artist: KURENNIEMI, ERKKI
Title: Aanityksi/Recordings 1963-1973
Format: CD
Label: Love
Country: Finland
Price: $18.00
"Brilliant collection of obscure early electronic music, on one of Finlands longest running independent labels; packaged with detailed liner notes (Finnish/English). Not to be missed." - FE. "One of the undeniable pioneers of Finnish electronic music is Erkki Kurenniemi (b. 1941), who founded The University of Helsinki Electronic Music Studio in the early 1960s. Kurenniemi built his own series of synthesizers, named as DIMI, which are nowadays mostly possessed by Swedish collector and electronic musician Ralph Lundsten, and published some of his experimental compositions like Dance of the Antropoids. Alongside such Finnish pioneers as Eino Ruutsalo (for whose short films Kurenniemi composed music), Kurenniemi also did some early work on the field of Finnish media art and contributed to Finnish video art and happenings. Kurenniemi created the first commercially manufactured and marketed microcomputer already in 1973 -- two years before the American MITS Altair. These days Kurenniemi works as an independent researcher, specialising in such subjects as artificial intelligence." - Love. Highly recommended!
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Artist: STRENG, PEKKA
Title: Kesämaa
Format: CD
Label: Love
Country: Finland
Price: $18.00
"2003 remastered reissue of this Finnish cult classic, originally released in 1972. This was Strengs second and final album before his death at the age of 26, and here his mystical psych-folk are blessed at times with more of a cosmic-jazz influence, with the presence of established figures such as Eero Koivistoinen on sax and Olli Ahvenlahti on keyboard. Sparse acoustic songs, piano ballads, and Finnish pop anthems make this a rare flicker of light spreading an otherworldly warmth to those fortunate enough to seek it out. This album directly inspired Fonal label-head Sami Sänpäkkiläs (Es) 2009 album Kesämaan Lapset. Includes 4 bonus tracks, all demo versions of album tracks." - Love.

Artist: V/A
Title: Arktinen Hysteria: Suomi-avantgarden Esipuutarhureita
Format: CD
Label: Love
Country: Finland
Price: $15.00
⿿The Arktinen Hysteria compilation that came out in November 2001 was compiled by Jukka Lindfors, based on his series of radio documentaries for Finnish Broadcasting Company. Together here are gathered for the first time some seminal tracks usually considered the milestones of early Finnish electronic music; being the real predecessors of the sounds of Mika Vainio, Pan sonic & et al.; combined with some rarities and previously unpublished tracks. The album concentrates mostly around the output of the now-legendary Love Records label, varying from electronic music to avantgarde sounds, free-jazz and experimental rock. Here one can witness some truly timeless electronic pioneering works, delving into the real Finnish analogue roots of glitch, clicks & cuts and even modern laptop sounds. Artists include: M.A. Numminen, Tommi Parko, Pekka Kujanpää (future underground guru M.A. Numminen and his cohorts burping and gurgling to a simple blues theme playing in the background, as part of this home-made tape recorded in 1961), M.A. Numminen & Sähkökvartetti (Holy Grail of Finnish electronic music, creepy-sounding and even hymn-like, with wailing and sounding like electronic insects), Tommi Parko (avantgardistic pranks), Erkki Salmenhaara (sounds like a constant switching of dial between radio stations: snippets of orchestral sounds, reverberated electronics, harpsichord, piano etudes, whatever), Blues Section (the territory of backwards tapes, tape loops and other "mind-blowing" sonic regalia of the late 60s), Erkki Kurenniemi (This could be something by Hecker of Mego Records, only 30 years before laptops), Jukka Ruohomäki (non-machine-like electronic pop music), Jouni Kesti & Seppo I. Laine (Pure noise inferno of explosions and chaos), The Sperm (a combination of an experimental rock group and a provocative performance group, features undecipherable vocals mumbling, screeching, murmuring, screaming utter nonsense), J.O. Mallander (Dadaist piece of conceptual art, an aural counterpart to what Andy Warhol did with his movies of repeated boredom), The Sperm (a free-for-all melee of cacophony, like some collective lunatic asylum art therapy), Pekka Airaksinen (murky sauna hut sound expressions, total antimusic and again, totally ageless), S. Albert Kivinen (This aleatoric assault is about the then-US Vice President Spiro Agnew).⿝ - Love. Amazing CD of LAFMS-type sounds, but recorded 10-20 years earlier! With thick, indepth booklet of photos and text (in english and finnish). Highly recommended!!

Artist: V/A
Title: More Arctic Hysteria/Son of Arctic Hysteria
Format: Double CD
Label: Love
Country: Finland
Price: $24.00
...the later years of early Finnish avant-garde. "Another incredible volume, following the inspiration and eye-opening 2001 CD Arktinen hysteria - Suomi-avantgarden Wsipuutarhureita. Pefectly packaged document of more utterly obscure electronic mayhem and theatrical intoxication, presented as near-high-art." - FE. "Now covered are the 1970s and 1980s. 34 artists. Featuring a lavishly illustrated leaflet of 20 pages. Compiled by Jukka Lindfors. Featuring Jimi Tenor, Läjä ÿijälä and early Mika Vainio (Pan sonic), The Sperm activists Mattijuhani Koponen and Pekka Airaksinen, Edward Vesala at his wildest, Kari Peitsamo, Kauko Röyhkä and Sleepy Sleepers at their most experimental and many other musical alchemists from Pekka Streng to Reinin Myrkky - as a bonus some no-holds-barred sound experiments of Kaj Chydenius and M.A. Numminen from the 60s." - Love. Highly Recommended!!!

Artist: V/A
Title: Psychedelic Phinland
Format: Double CD
Label: Love
Country: Finland
Price: $25.00
Subtitled: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967-1974. Amazing collection of underground Finnish music, presented in definitive fashion by the original Love Records label. Great booklet of English notes and photos, Love Records does it again! From the liner notes: "CD1 opens with some topical commentaries on drugs and the hippie lifestyle, as well as with early Finnish psych-rock, followed by more agitatory and provocatory stuff like Suomen Talvisofta who hilariously combined anarchist ideas with psychedelic imagery. After the heyday of he Underground movement, the more mystic legacy of hippiedome was preserved by the esoteric balladry of Pekka Streng, Hector and others. CD2 presents more experimental Underground, avant-garde and laternative music, most of it for the fist time on CD or previously not issued. Love Records and the small Eteenpain! (Forward), Finlands counterpart to ESP Records, were the main labels for the kind of music heard on both CDs." - Love.

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