Mika Vainio, was based in Oslo/Norway, and published solo recordings under his birth name and under a series of pseudonyms including Ø and Philus and, together with Ilpo Väisänen, as Pan Sonic (formerly Panasonic).
In the beginning of the 80's Mika Vainio played electronics and drums as part of the early Finnish industrial and noise scene.
His solo works are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Be it abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio was always creating unique, physical sounds.
He released on labels like editions Mego, Touch, Wavetrap and Sähkö and has been producing among others with Alan Vega of Suicide, Haino Keji, John Duncan, Stephen O'Malley, Merzbow and Bruce Gilbert.
Mika Vainio and Franck Vigroux have released their collaborative album "Peau Froide, Léger Soleil" in October 2015
More info: Cosmo Rhythmatic
"Gagarin Kombinaatti" will be re-released on Sähko sublabel PUU in November 2015.
Originally recorded in 1983-85. Edited from original cassette recordings by Mika Vainio.
More info: SAHKORECORDINGS.COM/PUU
"Return of the Atom" directed by Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola. The film examines the construction of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant in Finland.Soundtrack by Pansonic, available on Blast first petite soon.
DMZ, Peace, Sound - split LP with Oren Ambarchi, Okkying Lee, Florian Hecker (DMZ Peace project)
Joséphine Michel / Mika Vainio - "Halfway To White (CD, Ltd, Har)" - Touch FOLIO 001
Arne Deforce & Mika Vainio - "Hephaestus" - Editions Mego
OTHER PROJECTS :
MIKA VAINIO & ARNE DEFORCE
Performing @ Ruhrtriennale 2015
MIKA VAINIO & FRANCK VIGROUX
Performing @ Le Génerateur, Paris, France, festival Extension 2012, pt. 1 & pt. 2
More info on Franck Vigroux at: FRANCKVGROUX.COM
MIKA VAINIO / KEVIN DRUMM / AXEL DÖRNER / LUCIO CAPECE
Listen: "Venexia" (PAN 28) LP, PAN-ACT.COM/