Mika Vainio

Kajo

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As Pan Sonic's more introspective half, Mika Vainio is given to austere solo meditations on the sonic space in which machine and man meet. Vainio hears something sublime in the rafter-rattling hum of industrial engines and electrical wiring. He wants us to hear it, too. With his third set of industrial hymns, Vainio divines the deus in the machinery.

KAJO humanizes the cold acoustics of an abandoned power plant, giving sound an expressive female face ("Leslie"), a warm heart ("Third Area"), and anthropomorphic attributes (the wearied ambience of "In Sleep" and "Returning"). Vainio eavesdrops on the slumbering thoughts of electromagnetic coils, conductors, and miles of snaking conduit ("Connection," "Transmission"), sympathetic to their restlessness in disuse. As a picture emerges of KAJO's utility works as a living and feeling body, Vainio's stark presentation adds a certain note of sadness. He recognizes a wounded soul within the concrete and metal and offers the electronic elegy of "Waveform" as solace.

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