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Vakio Box set

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B00000AGM7
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
It was techno, but not as we knew it. Caustic, parched beats underpinned by the occasional hum of what sounded like stereo test signals, established this Finnish duo as masters of minimalist brutality. The dry, static crackle of their arid soundscapes suddenly made even Plastikman and the entire Basic Channel output sound like overblown epic house anthems. Nor were they without a sense of adventure: live shows were a contest between epuipment and audience, to see which- eardrum or signal generator-would give way first. Vakio was a staggering, original debut. Subsequent material would prove to be simply more of the same-after all, to be more minimalistic would be to disappear.
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Pan Sonic makes music in one of the most original manners I've ever heard: arranging electronic noises. This album is one of their most difficult listeners and that's exactly why I love it. It is an extremely minimal collection of sound that opens up many different audio doors throughout the journey. 3/4 of the time I show this to people, they are telling me that it is not music from the very first song. Maybe it's because all the first track is is a single frequency with an LFO slowly creeping faster and faster, so slowly that you don't even notice it at first, and by the end of the song the frequency has been modulated into almost pure noise: the most complex waveform in existance. This record is filled with stuff like that; it's a total head-trip to listen to and has the ability to change the way some people think about music. Definately not for everybody, but if you have a craving for extreme minimalism and extreme experimentalism, you NEED this record!
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It's difficult to review this album because it's actually not music. On the one hand I appreciate Panasonic's record output because it's umcompromising, on the other hand I have to admit that this is their least accessible and interesting album. The best tracks are those with a constant rhythm backing, like "Vaihe", "Sahkotin" and the great "Urania", which was also released on a Mute label compilation called "180 degrees". There's even a video clip available to this track. The rest of the album is not very rewarding, because there's just crackle, rustle and minimalistic noise out of tone generators and other obscure "instruments". However, I think Autechre have done this kind of music with more passion, drama and even melodies. "Vakio" is o.k., but Panasonic's second album "Kulma" and the "Osasto" EP are more powerful and explore more conventional if also very experimental techno ground.
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That's a bit of harsh title for this review. However, it is what came to mind first, and you know what is said about first-thoughts and gut-feelings.
This cd really isn't all that bad. It just simply gets stale rather quickly. Too many odd bleeps, blips, tones, buzzes, etc. Not too accessible for many people. In fact, I had to skip the first track entirely after about a minute or so (which seemed like fifty).
The first track features a single tone held for an excruciatingly long time. Just when you begin reaching for the volume control (or the skip button, as the case may be), you think to yourself, "this sounds exactly like the 'emergency broadcast' sound, only slightly deeper." Then you notice a slight change, the tone begins to channel its way between your left and right speakers, accompanied by what sounds like, to my ears anyway, the sound of rushing wind made by passing autos. That's when it becomes too much.
In short, this cd does possess "tracks" which make its purchase worthwhile. It is not wholly bad. It simply is not stellar. Certainly it is not the best in this vein of "music." I'd much rather prefer ANY Oval release. (The same would be true of either Monolake or Pole.)
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