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  • Audio CD (September 22, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B00000AGMB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Teurastamo
2. Luotain
3. Vapina
4. Puhdistus
5. Jakso
6. Murto Neste
7. Kylma Massa
8. Hahmo
9. Aines
10. -25
11. Saato
12. Kurnutus
13. Rutina
14. Moottori

Editorial Reviews

Finland's Mika Vainio and Ilpo Vaisanen create music of sorts with instruments of sorts. Pan Sonic look back to musique concrète, the most abstract adventures of pioneers such as Throbbing Gristle, and Japanese noise explorers, and go even further. Using analog tone generators, they bring out music's innards, what's left when you've taken away all the ornery garnishes such as melodies and hooks and arrangements. From "Teurastamo" and its dentist's drill to "Rutina"'s fuzzy heartbeat to "Vapina" and its frenetic Pong blips, the songs on Kulma are beautifully relentless. There's no easy point of entry, not a single tune to wave the listener in. On the other hand, the music also is very physical--you feel like you can almost caress these beeps and rasps' rough edges. Close your eyes and enjoy the ride. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By xmasthecat on September 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
How do I say how I admire this band? after a long time of getting bored with so many genres of music this is one of the few bands that I will still buy every album of, plus every side project, every single. it's extreme music, no melodies, all rhythm and sound generated from entirely analog equipment - but what rhythms and what sound. it's no intellectual experience, it goes right to your bones. it's the only music I know that satisfies a certain mood, a certain extreme no-BS mood in which you need something utterly real and undeniable like a rushing wave. it has integrity and beauty, you can crash a car to it or lie back on your bed and listen to the surprisingly subtle layering of sounds and get swept away in a way few other artists can do. songs that seem unbearably "hard" actually hold up well to reflection and meditation. There are very few in my pantheon of truly great electronica artists - seefeel, the orb maybe, underworld - and pan sonic sits there highest of all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By loteq on June 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Pan Sonic rarely hits the same levels as Autechre or Aphex Twin, but its albums are indeed essential to anyone with a sense of harsh electronic noise. "Kulma" is a slightly more accessible and palatable affair than PS's debut "Vakio". "Teurastamo", "Vapina", and the 10-minute "Moottori" (which ends in a roaring storm of noise) have a notably straightforward techno feel. Surprisingly, there's also a couple of rather calm and well-crafted ambient tracks. "Luotain", "Hahmo", and "-25" recall some of Brian Eno's '90s-work, particularly 1992's "Shutov Assembly" with its bell-like sounds and deep bass lines. The other pieces offer PS's typically user-unfriendly mix of polar static, crackles, and mechanical clicks. Unfortunately, my fascination with PS's music seems to diminish with each passing buy. The rhythms aren't much varied throughout their records and rarely venture beyond the tenets of 4/4 minimalism. In any case, "Kulma" is a good album and its music can be immensely powerful and disturbing when listened to on headphones and high volume. However, I think this album is not really worth buying if you already own two or three other PS items, especially "A", "B", "Osasto", and "Endless" (under the VVV name).
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