One indivisible, inseparable half of Panasonic / Pan Sonic, a crucial and visionary duo in electronic music for over two decades, from the beginning of the 90s until a few years back, which definitively ceased activities after the irreparable disappearance of its other half, the brilliant musician Mika Vainio.
Originally from Helsinki, but having sprouted up in several other places over the years where the air was more breathable for there was greater freedom, they trekked through new possibilities in sound, timbre and structure, in a field which covered all the knowledge that interested them. Political, philosophical, cultural - human. Musically speaking, and from the viewpoint of the prevalent vocabularies, they mixed techno with the spirit of the most caustic rock, with dub, and the most enlightened side of what was to be known as industrial. Ilpo Väisänen returned to solo albums through now canonical Editions Mego in 2015 with ‘Communist Dub’, ‘I-LP-O in Dub’ in 2017, and last year’s larger album, ‘ÄÄNET’, in honour of his late friend. Peppered with some field recordings from a Pan Sonic tour of the USA, this album makes for the most dignified, powerful and delicate elegy.
His work continues to be marked by a fierce independence at every level, with the metaphysical trinkets of his own creation alongside the more usual technologies, making music so we don’t forget the reasons for fighting.