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Artist: SPERM/PEKKA AIRAKSINEN/SAMSA TRIO
Title: Works 1968-1976
Format: 5 LP Box Set
Label: Vinyl-On-Demand
Country: Germany
Price: $115.00
“Pekka Airaksinen is a Finnish composer of electronic music. Airaksinen formed his first band, The Sperm, in late 1967. The Sperm mixed elements of avant-garde music with free jazz and psychedelic pop. Throughout its existence, the groups members included Antero Helander, Ilkka Lehtinen, J.O. Mallander, Markus Heikkerö, Mattijuhani Koponen, Nikke Nikamo, and Peter Widén. By 1970 Airaksinen had started his own label, O Records, to produce and distribute his solo LPs, including One Point Music (1972); The Sperms Shh! Heinäsirkat(1970); and a 1972 LP by his free-jazz-dominated project Samsa Trio (together with Helander and Koponen) -- all included here. Live performances by Airaksinen and The Sperm often took the form of confrontational performance art; two of The Sperms members were arrested for simulating sexual intercourse and screening pornographic films. Following The Sperms breakup in the mid-1970s, Airaksinen turned to Buddhism, but kept producing music in the years to come, integrating Roland 808 drum machines into his music and releasing classic LPs like 1984s Buddhas of Golden Light (ALE 004LP).Works 1968-1976 contains The Sperms 3rd ErectionEP (1968) with three bonus tracks, Shh! Heinäsirkat(1970), and Suite 71 (originally included on the 1998 CD reissue of Shh! Heinäsirkat on Dharmakustannus); Samsa Trios 1972 self-titled album; Airaksinens One Point Music (1972) and his Pagoda EP (1973) withOmar Williams and Donald Bane; and Golden Age(1976) by Mytologinen Duo (Airaksinen and Helander).” - Vinyl-On-Demand.

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