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Artist: AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA
Title: Buddhas of Golden Light
Format: LP
Label: Arc Light Editions
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"Reissue of legendary underground release Buddhas of Golden Light by Pekka Airaksinen, Nurse-With-Wound-listed founding member of legendary Finnish improv group The Sperm. Buddhas of Golden Light is a highly sought-after crate-diggers classic, originally self-released in 1984. Airaksinen originally recorded the album to tape, using an 808 and DX7, with improvised saxophone taken from an epic week-long solo session and Antero Helander featured on one track. Buddhas of Golden Light is a true underground record that sounds like very little else ever made before or since. Simultaneously alarming and disarming, Airaksinens work co-opts the sound of the 808 and manipulates the DX7 for a cosmic spiritual jam, Sun Ra style. Airaksinen has been actively making music since the 1960s. Buddhas of Golden Light is from a series of albums he began making in the 1980s, each of which is dedicated to one of the thousand Buddhas and many of which were self-released. At the time of this reissue, he is about a hundred Buddhas deep. Airaksinen is mainly known for his role in the controversial Finnish underground group The Sperm, formed in 1967. The collectives recordings resembled the noise and industrial music of the 70s and 80s, with a pro-drug, pro-sexual revolution rhetoric and a Dadaist sense of humor, influenced by American free jazz, underground rock, and anarchism. After The Sperm disbanded in 1970, Airaksinen continued making experimental music in his own studio. His music is characterized by out-of-sync rhythms, intense dynamics, and feverish visions. His approach is consciously unpolished, spontaneous, and improvised, resulting in a cosmic electro-jazz sound fusing free jazz and the 808. In the 90s he began to incorporate techno influences, filtered through his Buddhist philosophy, and he is still making music at the time of this reissue." - Arc Light Editions.

Artist: AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA
Title: Madam Im Adam
Format: Double CD
Label: Love
Country: Finland
Price: $28.00
Intense double CD from this avant-garde underground icon from Finland, who recorded solo and with groups like The Sperm (who released one legendary freak out LP, Shh! in 1970), Gandhi-Freud, Ajraxin. Disc one features tracks from 1968-2002. Disc 2 is all new previoulsy unreleased remixes from: Nurse With Wound, Simon Wickham-Smith, Es, Mira Calix, Curd Duca, Anton Nikkila etc. If you were impressed by the Love Records compilation Arktinen Hysteria , this is the next step. "The music of Petta Airaksinen (b. 1945) has been far ahead of its time for most of his 40 year long career. His finest recordings from the 60s are more reminiscent of industrial music and noise (which would emerge ten years later) than of the music of his precursors and contemporaries. In the early 80s few people, if any, were mixing mechanic beats and free jazz like he did -- favourable conditions for this kind of music didnt really exist until the turn of the century. His latest genre-hopping work will also probably take a long time to become fully appreciated. This compilation is a fairly subjective selection of his works from each of these periods. The selection of remixes commissioned for the second disc of the compilation aims to find a contemporary context for his work and to expand connections, some of which already existed. For example Nurse With Wound namechecked Airaksinen on their famous list of influences that came with their debut LP Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella (1979), while Finlands Es played together with Airaksinen in his first live performance since 1987 at Avanto Helsinki Media Art Festival in 2001." - Love.
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Artist: AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA
Title: One Point Music
Format: LP
Label: Unknown
Country: Europe
Price: $19.00
"Pekka Airaksinen started making music in the late 1960s with the group the Sperm, combining performance art with experimental music of the day. With influences such as John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, the Sperm combined free jazz and psychedelic pop to create a sound resembling early industrial music and noise. After the Sperms breakup in the 70s, Pekka Airaksinen became a Buddhist and would stop releasing music for almost a decade. Airaksinen, who was regarded as a recluse, returned to the public eye in the mid-80s under his own name and with a brand new but equally futuristic vision. His album Buddhas of Golden Light is an incredible mixture of Sun Ras cosmic free jazz and twisted rhythms programmed on a Roland 808 drum machine. At the end of the decade techno elevated the 808 to a fetish object and Airaksinen disappeared for another five years. In the 90s Airaksinen released a large number of CDs and CD-Rs on his own Dharmakustannus label, on which the style of each track varied wildly - breaking every rule of the niche-group marketing concepts of the era. All his recordings, whether they are his unique interpretations of contemporary music, new age, ambient house or jazz, are characterized by a sense of improvisation and casual roughness that is rare in electronic music. The most avant-garde pieces of his recent output continue his earlier work with the imaginary anthropoid music of the future. One Point Music is his shining moment. Originally pressed in an edition of 120, this reissue has been needed for a long time." - Mutant Sounds. Reissue of 1972 release (just "A Little Soup.." from this album is included on the double CD released on Love in 2003). Very highly recommended!
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Artist: AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA
Title: Afrodipankara
Format: LP
Label: Vinyl-On-Demand
Country: Germany
Price: $22.00
Edition of 200. “Pekka Airaksinen is a Finnish composer of electronic music. Airaksinen formed his first band, The Sperm, in late 1967. The Sperm mixed elements of avant-garde music with free jazz and psychedelic pop. By 1970 Airaksinen had started his own label, O Records, to produce and distribute his solo LPs, including One Point Music (1972); The Sperms Shh! Heinäsirkat(1970); and a 1972 LP by his free-jazz-dominated project Samsa Trio (together with Antero Helander and Mattijuhani Koponen) (all available in theWorks 1968-1976 box (VOD 137LP)). Following The Sperms breakup in the mid-1970s, Airaksinen turned to Buddhism, but kept producing music in the years to come, integrating Roland 808 drum machines into his music and releasing classic LPs like 1984s Buddhas of Golden Light (ALE 004LP); it was during this period that he produced Afrodipankara.” - Vinyl-On-Demand.
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