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PEKKA AIRAKSINEN

Progressive Electronic • Finland


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Merciless, iconoclast and primitive free-form psych-electronic experimentations by ex-member of the legendary Finnish band Sperm. After the now classic release "One Point Music" (1972) Airaksinen has notably published a bunch of well recommended CDr on Dharmakustannus.

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3.04 | 4 ratings
One Point Music
1972
5.00 | 1 ratings
Buddhas Of Golden Light
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Milk Sea
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Inner Galaxies
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Union In Space
1997
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Sugatas
1997
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M58
1997
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Mangala
1997
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Jewel Comet
1997
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Pink Bodies
1998
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Tishya
1998
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Tents Of Thousands
1998
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Garden Of Death - The Field Of Six Destinies
1999

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2.56 | 3 ratings
Madam I'm Adam
2003

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 Buddhas Of Golden Light by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 1984
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Buddhas Of Golden Light
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
5 stars This was Pekkaīs only release in the eighties. Itīs part of his project to make a composition to each of 1000 Buddhaīs incarnations, but I havenīt got any information has he finished this project. Itīs possible, because heīs released so much and I think there are also unreleased material (this year he released album "Vertical Pillars" that has Buddha-compositions from the eighties). This was originally released from Pekkaīs own O-label and has been long time very rare (and expensive!). Pekka released CDr-version in the 2003, but I was really glad when there came vinyl re-release last year from german Multiverse-records.

Album starts with "Sukirti" thatīs also in Madam Iīm Adam -compilation. Fast, tugging beat takes you immediately somewhere very deep atmosphere. Pekka starts to make interesting sounds with his roland synthesizer. In the middle of the piece his longtime musical companion Antero Helander joins with sax. But the sound of the sax is manipulated so strange, so that sounds also keyboard. Next "Suvarnasatarasmibhasagarbha" (from which language these Buddhaīs names come?) is quite the opposite of the first one. Itīs very beautiful, calm, played with very icy sounding keyboards. The third "Ratnasikhin" has also tugging beat, but itīs not as fast. Pekkaīs playing into deep going, hard chords in this piece. This is also in the "Madam Iīm Adam"-compilation. Last "Kandasuryapradipa" takes the whole b-side of the vinyl. It starts very relaxed beat and bell sounding keyboards, but very soon Pekkaīs chords takes you somewhere really deep. The beat also changes compilicated. Although there is happening much in this long piece, itīs spiritual intensity keeps my interest itīs whole lenght.

I think Pekka is the most underrated musicmaker in Finland. On the other side I donīt think he has ever even search attention to his great work. I think heīs the only composer in Finland who seems not take any influences from any other musicmaker. Well, heīs said he start to make his guitar noise compositions after seeing Jimi Hendrix in Finland, but I think even heīs guitar works are very far away to Hendrix. I am not a big fan of only keyboard-made music, but in Pekka`s music I really love also his keyboardmusic albums although his music is greatest when somebody joins him in sax or guitar. Of course his music is not for everyone. I think you can say immediately do you like heīs music or not, so there is no use to try to listen him many times. As previous reviews show, heīs music seem to upset many people. Although Iīm not also listened much that remix cd of Madam I`m Adam, I donīt think itīs just stupidity. In many other genres it has been quite common from the nineties made a remix albums too. Maybe itīs not very common in progmusic, but all you limited progfans, donīt ever even try to listen Pekka Airaksinen or Sperm.

 Madam I'm Adam by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2003
2.56 | 3 ratings

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Madam I'm Adam
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This sounds like the work of a mad scientist with his hair on fire as his glasses wobble about his face due to uncontrollable laughter.

Where on Earth do I begin with this lengthy monstrosity?

For a start you would think he'd have put a bit more effort into the cover eh?. It doesn't exactly jump out with fangs screaming, 'BUY ME!' does it?

'Madam I'm Adam' is a good place to begin for the more open minded listeners willing to take a dive into the crazy world of Pekka Airaksinnien and his earlier Finnish band 'The Sperm'. It's a compilation encompassing works from 1968-2002. And let it be said right now - this is no easy listen. Mental blooping keyboard cords fire away without rhyme or reason throughout the first track from '83'.

It's all instrumental yet very disorientating. None of it makes any sense. Particularly when the drum patches kick in. That's not to say that they're bad, they are in fact pretty good as far as 1983 goes. There's such a dichotomy in sound that I'm left cross-eyed at the end.

'A Little Soup for Piano and Orchestra' from 1970 has a load of looped reversed sequences which sound uncannily 'Zoviet France' -like from 15 years later. There's a whole bunch of queer sounds on display here. Wobbly sick guitars, tape manipulations and almost ritualistic percussion are played intuitively. There's a terrifying amplified wire object stroked at high volume with something metal which is utterly indescribable. It's enough to give your worst enemy nightmares.

We then leap to 2002 with 'No Focus' which sounds altogether more cohesive due to the off-kilter drum machine. There's also some electronically looped strings played here, but it remains one of the poorer tracks on this compilation.

The experimental free-form rock continues with 83's 'Suvarnabhasagarbha'. (Honestly, these titles are torture). There's a tune desperately trying to break free here but it's frustratingly shackled to the bass for some reason. Only a queazy , loud synth with stabbing cords reaches the forefront - and it's too tuneless to redeem this track.

The earlier tunes seem to work better despite being understandably inferior in recording quality. They're more abrasive and carved from a rougher hew. They also carry more menace. There's a serious juxtaposition on 'Madam I'm Adam' that somehow manages to remain engaging despite the varied technology and instruments used throughout the 34 years on display,

The hefty 19 minute 'Dodekafoninen Talvisota' from '69 is very 'Electronic Meditation' era 'Tangerine Dream' minus the electronics. Rapid finger strumming over tuneless guitar strings plays centre stage as an African Djembe under arm bongo thumps away in the background. It's all very much of its time but still listenable today. Just...

The second disc is basically a waste of time. Here the ball was dropped and picked up by various artists trying to add their own variations to the Airaksinnen sound. It doesn't work, with the exception of 'Nurse With Wound's' re-make of 'No Focus'. The man himself plays a few tunes which are good enough but he's drowned in a sea of mediocrity. Thankfully the first disc is 78 minutes long so I'm more than willing to overlook this failure.

I don't know what to make of this album at all. It's all I've heard by 'Airaksinnen' and it sounds disjointed and fractured beyond repair. But it holds a certain dignity, craft and presence of mind that can't lower my rating below three stars. One thing's for sure... It's unique.

 Madam I'm Adam by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2003
2.56 | 3 ratings

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Madam I'm Adam
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

2 stars I have kept this 2-CD on loan from library several months (without much listening to it) and finally decided to deal with it. PEKKA AIRAKSINEN was a Finnish underground figure since the 60's and later an independent and enormously productive maker of Electronic / Ambient / New Age / Avant-Garde music. This compilation covers five decades. Straight away I admit that I have no will or guts to study the second disc closer, in order to analyze how it differs from the first one. The point is, IT HAS THE SAME TRACKS as previously unreleased remixes. I have extremely little interest to have various versions of the same music - be it a live performance or a remix - whatever the genre is, and indeed this particular music is quite inaccessible and difficult to start with! Maybe this second disc was one reason why I found it frustrating to get into this compilation more deeply. The unchronological, seemingly totally logicless running order doesn't make it easier either.

The leaflet contains detailed notes on each represented work, both in Finnish and in English. That definitely makes sense, as we have already seen some PA people from e.g. Japan being very interested in Airaksinen's music (greetings to you!). I personally wasn't hugely impressed by this compilation, so I'll just concentrate on sharing information.

THE SPERM was founded in 1967 as a cross-cultural, anarchistic underground collective involving also persons outside music, from the fields of e.g. theatre, literature and cinema. Airaksinen - their musical primus motor, no doubt - and company made recordings already a few years before their only album Shh! (1970) was released. The years after the track titles refer to recording dates, not the release dates. One Sperm track is previously unreleased while two appear on that album. For prog curiosity: guitarist Nikke Nikamo, who is featured on the 20-minute 'Dodekafoninen talvisota', was in the first WIGWAM line-up too.

The 80's recordings seem to be inspired by Buddhism. 'Ratnasikhin' and 'Sukirti' appear on his first album in twelve years, Buddhas of Golden Light (1983), which is said to be his most coherent work. 'Sukirti' has some free jazz elements. His relatively accessible New Age -oriented 90's output is only quickly mentioned in the text. Two tracks from 2002 were released under one of Airaksinen's many project names, Ajraxin. 'No Focus' briefly resembles rhythmically PINK FLOYD's Ummagumma track 'Small Furry Animals...'!

This set is very informative and therefor useful to advanced connoisseurs / diggers of ambientish experimental music, but it hardly turns anyone to become one. For the stupidity of the second disc I don't even feel any guilt to give a low rating.

 Inner Galaxies by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Inner Galaxies
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars Pekka Airaksinen was a key figure in the Finnish underground movement in the late sixties and early seventies with his group The SPERM. Their performances often shook the audience, for example once there was a simulated intercourse on top of grand piano! (Funny, long ago I saw such thing in a cartoon, without knowing that real life happening.) Airaksinen has continued to make electronic / ambient music, having released an enormous number of CD's on his own label Dharmakustannus. This one - from a very productive era of mid-nineties - is the only album I've listened to this far.

Listening to this music brings me echoes of my early twenties (years 1991-93) when I got interested in electronic / New Age music, especially on the German Innovative Communication label. This album would have fit seamlessly into that company, amongst artists such as Software, Robert Schroeder,G.E.N.E., Patrick Kosmos, Richard Wahnfried, etc.

What a suitable title, Inner Galaxies! Very cinematic, introspective and cosmic music but not in the epic scale of Klaus Schulze, or the 70's Berlin school in general, as the music is rather easy to place in the nineties. Most tracks come in average length of 4-6 minutes and don't have much progress in them, dealing a lot with the Ambient Music approach. But they have a wide variety in sonic dynamics, some of them being very rhythmic and percussive, some concenrating on long-lined synth carpets. The longest track 'Of Five Colours' (9:21) has a mythological aura with its hypnotic, slow rhythm pattern and delicate synth layers. Makes me think of STEVE ROACH, ROBERT RICH and JON MARK.

Most of the time this music resonates with the listener's imagination and emotions when given enough concentration, but will most likely feel cold and tiresome to a more casual listener. And anyway there are some tracks that seem merely to be experimenting with electronic sounds without having much to say, e.g. 'The Ship Which Travels on the Bottom of the Sea'.

The two final tracks titled cryptically 'JSSX' and 'JSFF' (JS doubtlessly referring to Johann Sebastian) are Airaksinen's arrangements of Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Klavier. Isn't that a Moog? At least these tracks strongly remind me of WALTER CARLOS's seminal work Switched-On Bach (1968). All in all this album offers pretty good samples of the genre but not so original or unforgettable.

 One Point Music by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.04 | 4 ratings

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One Point Music
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

3 stars Hoax.

A Finnish sound creator Pekka AIRAKSINEN is renowned as a founder of SPERM, one of electronic pioneer combos in Finland. It's said his first album "One Point Music" be in the same vein of SPERM's creation "Shh!" ... Although I've listened to "Hein'sirkat!" only via "Shh!", this explanation makes sense really.

Anyway ... this album has somewhat chilling appearance. Not simply a collection of weird noises or sounds but well-balanced, matured (so-called) noise commune harmonized with foggy percussive electronics. Almost immersed in such a tendency toward hypnotic streams and fourth-dimensional waves. The boundary amongst hedonism, violence, and tragedy launched as percussive noises can be called electronic solitaire titled "A Little Soup For Piano And Orchestra Op 46, 8". A tidy one nevertheless, let me say. The following track "mo-On-ing" is more eccentric, as if we pray in a temple, exposed with mystic spells and Buddhic percussion. His (or a session drummer's) percussion is much effective for us to kick ourselves into Heaven. High-tone organ and flute plays are too keen for listeners to get something comfortable, whilst sticky waves as in the previous track are pretty persistent enough to give us head / ear-ache. This reminds me of a pray in a renowned Japanese temple on the top of a mountain ... the morning should come to us definitely. "Somerain - Sadetta" sounds somewhat beautiful and noble all around. Can hear dream or dreammare rolling up and down. Ok his electronic cembalo-ish synthesizer sounds cannot throw us a good sleep but a fantastic psychedelic nightmare. No safe, no sound, but only a surrealistic pillow (especially the last, the bulkiest explosion) around us. The magnificent suite "Music For The Play Sisyfos" ... really magnificent ... sounds incredible as a sound / noize fuzz. Intriguingly, contrary to the three noise gems upon the Side A, the basis of this suite is such a junk of sounds scattered incredibly here, there, everywhere. As though Pekka would have gathered all of his electronic material, regardless of old or new, unrefined noise hotchpotch goes ahead without any point of soundscape ... claimed as kinda electronic hoax like Mittelwinternacht '71.

Very mysterious but guess Pekka would emphasize various opinions via his brilliant sound cards, actually.

Thanks to philippe for the artist addition.

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