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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (77:06)
1. Ratnasikhin (1983) (7:14)
2. Gandhi - Freud: Molybdene (1975) (4:35)
3. Pieni sienikonsertto - A Little Soup for Piano and Orchestra Op. 46,8 (1970) (8:45)
4. Ajraxin: No Focus (2002) (6:27)
5. Suvarnabhasagarbha (1983) (8:48)
6. Epistemological World Error (2001) (5:08)
7. The Sperm: Korvapoliklinikka Hesperia (1968) (6:00)
8. Sukirti (1983) (3:30)
9. Ajraxin: Mykkä peili (2002) (3:54)
10. The Sperm: Dodekafoninen talvisota (1969) (19:54)
11. The Sperm: Organ (1968) (2:51)

CD 2 (57:48) - Remixes of the same tracks as in CD 1:
1. Ratnasikhin (Anton Nikkilä remix) (5:03)
2. Gandhi - Freud: Molybdene (mix by Tyrone D.C. Washington) (4:48)
3. Pieni sienikonsertto (Hiljaisuus remix by Simon Wickham-Smith) (9:05)
4. Ajraxin: No Focus (Nurse with Wound remix) (6:53)
5. Suvarnabhasagarbha (Es remix) (7:33)
6. Epistemological World Error (Philipp Quehenberger remix) (3:42)
7. The Sperm: Korvapoliklinikka Hesperia (The Day Is Done remix by Mira Caulix) (7:09)
8. Sukirti (Itrikus remix by Tuomo I. Puranen & T.A. Kaukolampi) (3:23)
9. Ajraxin: Mykkä Peili (Radiophonic version by Notchnoi Prospekt) (4:31)
10. The Sperm: Dodekafoninen talvisota (Dodek mix by Curd Duca) (2:51)
11. The Sperm: Organ (Pekka airaksinen remix) (2:50)

Total Time 134:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Pekka Airaksinen / electronics, tapes, various instruments
- Antero Helander / tenor saxophone (1)
- Nikke Nikamo / guitar (10)

Releases information

Siboney / Love Records LXCD 642.
All tracks composed by Pekka Airaksinen except 7 and 10 by Airaksinen-Nikamo.

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Review by Matti
2 stars I have kept this 2-CD on loan from library several months (without much listening to it) and finally decided to deal with it. PEKKA AIRAKSINEN was a Finnish underground figure since the 60's and later an independent and enormously productive maker of Electronic / Ambient / New Age / Avant-Garde music. This compilation covers five decades. Straight away I admit that I have no will or guts to study the second disc closer, in order to analyze how it differs from the first one. The point is, IT HAS THE SAME TRACKS as previously unreleased remixes. I have extremely little interest to have various versions of the same music - be it a live performance or a remix - whatever the genre is, and indeed this particular music is quite inaccessible and difficult to start with! Maybe this second disc was one reason why I found it frustrating to get into this compilation more deeply. The unchronological, seemingly totally logicless running order doesn't make it easier either.

The leaflet contains detailed notes on each represented work, both in Finnish and in English. That definitely makes sense, as we have already seen some PA people from e.g. Japan being very interested in Airaksinen's music (greetings to you!). I personally wasn't hugely impressed by this compilation, so I'll just concentrate on sharing information.

THE SPERM was founded in 1967 as a cross-cultural, anarchistic underground collective involving also persons outside music, from the fields of e.g. theatre, literature and cinema. Airaksinen - their musical primus motor, no doubt - and company made recordings already a few years before their only album Shh! (1970) was released. The years after the track titles refer to recording dates, not the release dates. One Sperm track is previously unreleased while two appear on that album. For prog curiosity: guitarist Nikke Nikamo, who is featured on the 20-minute 'Dodekafoninen talvisota', was in the first WIGWAM line-up too.

The 80's recordings seem to be inspired by Buddhism. 'Ratnasikhin' and 'Sukirti' appear on his first album in twelve years, Buddhas of Golden Light (1983), which is said to be his most coherent work. 'Sukirti' has some free jazz elements. His relatively accessible New Age -oriented 90's output is only quickly mentioned in the text. Two tracks from 2002 were released under one of Airaksinen's many project names, Ajraxin. 'No Focus' briefly resembles rhythmically PINK FLOYD's Ummagumma track 'Small Furry Animals...'!

This set is very informative and therefor useful to advanced connoisseurs / diggers of ambientish experimental music, but it hardly turns anyone to become one. For the stupidity of the second disc I don't even feel any guilt to give a low rating.

Review by Dobermensch
3 stars This sounds like the work of a mad scientist with his hair on fire as his glasses wobble about his face due to uncontrollable laughter.

Where on Earth do I begin with this lengthy monstrosity?

For a start you would think he'd have put a bit more effort into the cover eh?. It doesn't exactly jump out with fangs screaming, 'BUY ME!' does it?

'Madam I'm Adam' is a good place to begin for the more open minded listeners willing to take a dive into the crazy world of Pekka Airaksinnien and his earlier Finnish band 'The Sperm'. It's a compilation encompassing works from 1968-2002. And let it be said right now - this is no easy listen. Mental blooping keyboard cords fire away without rhyme or reason throughout the first track from '83'.

It's all instrumental yet very disorientating. None of it makes any sense. Particularly when the drum patches kick in. That's not to say that they're bad, they are in fact pretty good as far as 1983 goes. There's such a dichotomy in sound that I'm left cross-eyed at the end.

'A Little Soup for Piano and Orchestra' from 1970 has a load of looped reversed sequences which sound uncannily 'Zoviet France' -like from 15 years later. There's a whole bunch of queer sounds on display here. Wobbly sick guitars, tape manipulations and almost ritualistic percussion are played intuitively. There's a terrifying amplified wire object stroked at high volume with something metal which is utterly indescribable. It's enough to give your worst enemy nightmares.

We then leap to 2002 with 'No Focus' which sounds altogether more cohesive due to the off-kilter drum machine. There's also some electronically looped strings played here, but it remains one of the poorer tracks on this compilation.

The experimental free-form rock continues with 83's 'Suvarnabhasagarbha'. (Honestly, these titles are torture). There's a tune desperately trying to break free here but it's frustratingly shackled to the bass for some reason. Only a queazy , loud synth with stabbing cords reaches the forefront - and it's too tuneless to redeem this track.

The earlier tunes seem to work better despite being understandably inferior in recording quality. They're more abrasive and carved from a rougher hew. They also carry more menace. There's a serious juxtaposition on 'Madam I'm Adam' that somehow manages to remain engaging despite the varied technology and instruments used throughout the 34 years on display,

The hefty 19 minute 'Dodekafoninen Talvisota' from '69 is very 'Electronic Meditation' era 'Tangerine Dream' minus the electronics. Rapid finger strumming over tuneless guitar strings plays centre stage as an African Djembe under arm bongo thumps away in the background. It's all very much of its time but still listenable today. Just...

The second disc is basically a waste of time. Here the ball was dropped and picked up by various artists trying to add their own variations to the Airaksinnen sound. It doesn't work, with the exception of 'Nurse With Wound's' re-make of 'No Focus'. The man himself plays a few tunes which are good enough but he's drowned in a sea of mediocrity. Thankfully the first disc is 78 minutes long so I'm more than willing to overlook this failure.

I don't know what to make of this album at all. It's all I've heard by 'Airaksinnen' and it sounds disjointed and fractured beyond repair. But it holds a certain dignity, craft and presence of mind that can't lower my rating below three stars. One thing's for sure... It's unique.

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