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Vainio, Mika – “Magnetite” – [Touch Records]

Roland Blunt   11/21/2012   A Library, CD

2012 solo effort from Mika Vainio (founding member of the Finnish minimalist electronic duo Pan Sonic)…an elemental attraction of silence and noise, documented through micro and macroscopic application of tone generation, manipulated radio signals, various acoustic sound sources (wood, glass, cymbals, device clicks), as well as drastically dynamic production techniques. A contemporary study in deep listening: anticipation…interruption…expectation…juxtaposition…introspection. The sonic material is conceptually bent toward the most magnetic of all naturally occurring minerals on Earth, with the title of each movement lending prominent impression to the respective experiences…Magnetia portends the overall impetus of the material, with desolate tapping giving way to abrupt shifts in aural intensity…Magnetotactic orients itself to the pull of concentrated energy ranging from power electronic washes to distant rumbles and piercing alert tones…Magnetosphere deflects a mounting bombardment of highly charged particles…Magnetosense scans the invisible landscape for underlying stimuli…Magnetism responds to varying fields of concentrated noise…Magnetosome crystallizes in an icy, electro-acoustic drift.

 

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