Mika Vainio, Experimental Electronic Artist, Formerly of Pan Sonic Duo

What’s In My Bag? at Amoeba Music – Watch on YouTube

I usually try to feature a video of the musician performing, I made an exception in this case. In this video produced by Amoeba Music in Hollywood, I think it’s fascinating to see what music Vainio was interested in, from blues to experimental bands to avant-garde composers.

Vainio was  Finnish electronic and experimental artist, who composed and performed in the duo Pan Sonic (known as Pansonic before 1998) before moving on to solo projects as ø and later, under his own name.

Music writers Sean Cooper and Andy Kellman sum up the duo this way: “Pursuing the jagged edges of minimal and hardcore techno, Pan Sonic earned an enduring association with industrial and noise music through their incorporation of antiseptic production techniques and power-tool electronics.”

Interview on Brainwashed.com – Watch on YouTube

Eugeniusz Rudnik, Polish Electroacoustic Pioneer

“Ptacy I Ludzie” (“Birds and People”)–Watch on YouTube

Eugeniusz Rudnik (October 28, 1932-October 24, 2016) was a sound engineer and avant-garde composer of ambient and electroacoustic music. He was a key architect of the “Polish school” of electroacoustic music that came out of Polish Radio’s Experimental Studio, which was founded in 1957.

Rudnik composed hundreds of compositions for radio, ballet, television and art installations. Not trained in classical composition, he drew his inspiration from the found music of technology. According to a post in Culture.pl. “Collage,” one of his earliest compositions, had its roots in the hum of an amplifier from a Telefunk lamp console.

In a radio interview cited in the same post, Rudnik likened the sounds of technology to those of the human body: “There’s the pulse, there’s the subconscious gurgling of the blood in the arteries and veins which we don’t hear on a daily basis. You have to close the human in an insulated room to hear himself.”

“Collage” on Spotify

Rainer Bloss, Electronic Music Keyboardist

“Lovely Hitchhiker” Video, 1986

Rainer Bloss was a German electronic music keyboard player who released a number of albums with composer Klaus Schulze in the 1980s.

Rainer Bloss and Klaus Schulze, Gent, Belgium, 1982

The duo produced Audentity (1983), Aprhica (1984) and three versions of Drive Inn (1984, 1986, 1998), as well as a live album, Dziekuje Poland Live ’83.

“PanAmericana” from Drive Inn 2

It’s hard to find much on Bloss, including his actual birthdate (1946-December 10, 2015). Schulze is much better known, having been part of the band Tangerine Dream and the supergroup Go with Steve Windwood.