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PEKKA AIRAKSINEN

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1945-08-21 (Helsinki, Finland) - 2019-05-06

Merciless, iconoclast and primitive free-form psych-electronic experimentations by ex-member of the legendary Finnish band SPERM. After the now classic release "One Point Music" (1972) Airaksinen has notably published a bunch of well recommended CDr on Dharmakustannus.

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3.08 | 5 ratings
One Point Music
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
Samsa Trio: Samsa Trio
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
Mytologinen Duo: Golden Age
1976
4.83 | 3 ratings
Buddhas Of Golden Light
1984
4.00 | 1 ratings
Milk Sea
1994
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Paramitas
1996
3.00 | 1 ratings
Inner Galaxies
1996
5.00 | 1 ratings
Vitamins (Gandhi-Freud)
1997
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Sugatas
1997
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M58
1997
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Mangala
1997
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Jewel Comet
1997
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Love `N Addiction (McDullan)
1997
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Union In Space
1997
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Pink Bodies
1998
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Tishya
1998
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Tents Of Thousands
1998
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Garden Of Death - The Field Of Six Destinies
1999
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M42
2002
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Avalokiteshvara
2002
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Hole In The Soul (Ajraxin)
2002
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Jarovizatsija (Xe)
2002
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Electrify Your Senses (Ajraxin)
2002
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Plum Plum (Ajraxin)
2003
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Lake Vostok (Ajraxin)
2003
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Alphaville (Ajraxin)
2003
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Holy Stamina (Bosonics)
2003
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Original Sine - Original Mine (Bosonics)
2003
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Pundarika II (Ajraxin)
2003
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Closed Garden (Ajraxin)
2003
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Dharmacement (Ajraxin)
2003
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Eix Narnia (Ajraxin)
2003
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Freak (Ajraxin)
2003
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MRKRGNAO Dreamscape (Ajraxin)
2003
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Honkajoki 22 Gamelan (Ajraxin)
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
Vitae Tennis Nest
2003
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Mythological Duo
2003
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Nyks
2003
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In Balance
2004
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Brahmaghosha (Ajraxin)
2004
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Sakyamuni
2005
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Sinf 1
2007
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Sinf 2
2007
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Sinf 3
2007
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Good Jazz Glass Jazz
2007
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Mahagood
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
Afrodipankara
2015

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Taco Bells With Pekka Airaksinen (Taco Bells With Pekka Airaksinen)
2015

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2.56 | 3 ratings
Madam I'm Adam
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Other Power
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Mangala
2015
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Vertical Pillars
2016

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 Milk Sea by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Milk Sea
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
4 stars This was the first album Pekka released after his eighties masterpiece "Buddhas Of Golden Light". He had recorded more music in the eighties, but released it later. There is no record date information, but I believe this was made quite near of the releasing just because sounds are really nineties style. Pekka released this and next "Inner Galaxies" as CD, after these will come tens of CDr:s. Only musician in the album is Pekka with synths. All the way there are much lesser rhythmic elements than before.

Don´t know is starting piece "Vajrasattva" one of his Buddha-compositions, but it really sounds different as his eighties Buddha-compositons. There is a synthpath sounding quite serene, but sad, no rhythm at all. "Hidden Treasure" is more typical, little bit chaotic Pekka music. Still chaos doesn´t hit you into face like in some other his pieces. I´ve got a feeling like I am in the cab of some spaceship. "Milk Sea" is quite dramatic, repeating much two chords. "Mirror" has very positive feeling, there is also synth path where Pekka improvises in a great way. "Palace" is the most prog piece here with many parts that really fit together. "Purified" has low sounds that reminds the ones that come from the womb. "Waves (Vajrasattva)" is as it says longer reprise of the first piece. "Invisible Forest" is together with "Palace" the most greatest composition in this album. Pekka tells in the cover about this: "the bells chime in the blowing wind". It´s really gentle ending of this very great album!

This album is all the way softer than many other Pekka-albums. It is almost New Age-music, but there are contradictions typical to Pekka in many pieces that makes this album much more interesting than most of the N.A.-music. Pekka got his own cosmos, but I believe Tangerine Dream-fans would like the album.

 Vertical Pillars by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Vertical Pillars
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
4 stars In 2015 Pekka started to release his material as vinyls in his own 'One Point Life' label (also three first releases came as CD). He had own O-label in the seventies, but last vinyl came from that in 1984. First he released his 'Love and Addiction' that had originally came as CDr in the nineties. Second one was 'Vitae Tennis Nest' that hadn´t got all the material from original CDr, but had two tracks from the other CDr. Third release 'Mangala' was clearly a compilation, although Pekka had CDr under same name. So is this album. Pieces are taken from 'Sugatas' & 'Jewel Comet'. In cover Pekka explains that he has drawn mathematical information from the ancient Buddhist texts as the base of this albums compositions. Really don't know how Buddhist this method is, but anyway it really has produced very personal music!

The first piece 'Dundubhisvararaga' has really soft, serene rhythm where Pekka improvises with synths. Atmosphere is quite mystic. In 'Kanakamuni' it is even more mystic with little more twisting rhythm, there are almost UFO feelings in it. 'Kashyapa' starts very chaotic way with twisting rhythm and confused synths, but soon starts very beautiful sounding synth. But there comes some chaotic synths in the end of it. 'Shakyamuni' continues quite chaotic and has also very twisting rhythm. In 'Jambusuvarnadhvajakacanabhasa' Antero Helander joins with sax and Panu Thusberg with guitar to Pekka. This is the greatest piece, in this three men's great improvisation has really jazzy feeling.

All the way this is much more coherent compilation than for example 'Other Power' and has a lots in common with Pekka's great 'Buddhas Of Golden Light'-album. The reason may be, that all these pieces were recorded same time as that album, although first released in 1996. I am thinking again not to give this five stars just because this is compilation, but really have to give it four. Just like 'Other Power' this is highly recommend as a introduce to Pekka's music!

 Other Power by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Other Power
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
4 stars This is a vinyl-only compilation released by small Finnish underground label Harmönia. Pieces are taken from 4 Pekka's studio albums, earliest from 1975 and newest from 2003. Anyway these pieces fit really good together. Harmönia has released 41 releases, latest in 2015. It may not release anymore, because other founder Perttu Häkkinen died accidentily some years ago. Anyway Harm'nia has a club in Kuudes Aisti Festival 2012 where was their artists performing and there I also saw the only gig from Pekka.

Album starts as 'E', that is very intensive, trembling synth piece from 'Vitamins'-album. 'Simha' is also intensive, music goes somewhere between Vitamins & Buddhas Of Golden Light -albums, but was originally released in 'Sugatas'. It has twisting rhythm and marimba-sounding synths. In the end there is kind of free jazz feeling. 'B3' is again trembling synth piece from 'Vitamins', sounds like UFO landing on the earth. 'Simhagosha' is one of the greatest Pekka pieces, mystic and hypnotic piece, synth rhythm goes round the right and left loudspeaker. It was originally released in 'Pundarika II'.

'Suvarnaratnakaracchatrakuta' is again very intensive with twisting rhythm. Panu Thusberg plays guitar and A. Ben Helander plays sax in a really great way. It's originally released in 'Jewel Comet'. 'Maitreya' has really spiritual feeling, reminds lots of 'Buddhas Of Golden Light'-material, but was originally released in 'Sugatas'. 'Suvarnabhasagarba' has really great, soft bassloop and again quite twisting rhythm. Pekka improvises back of it from synth in a very great way. This last piece sounds so much 'Buddhas of Golden Light' material that it can be outtake from that album. Anyway it was released also in 'Jewel Comet', but you can find it from 'Madam I`m Adam'-compilation too.

Really would like to give this great compilation five stars, but I think it's unfair to say compilation a masterpiece (I think I would do that with Pink Floyd's seventies Best Of and Jethro's Living In the Past) so it's just four stars. This is a really great starting album to Pekka's music, it's quite versatile but still very constant. This is your album specially if you love experimental synth stuff and don't mind lack of the Pekka's guitar based compositions. Although originally vinyl-only release, this is also in Spotify.

 Mangala by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Mangala
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
4 stars Pekka´s discography is not the easiest case. First he made quite a lot of music. Second he has released it in many versions, some of his releases have same name, but almost different contents. This compilation is the greatest example of that. Pekka released "Mangala" named CDr already in 1997. In 2015 he decided to release vinyl and CD under same name, but different cover and including only two pieces from the original "Mangala" (more in CD-version) and few pieces from "Tishya" & "Otata" CDr:s. Anyway this is review from 2015 vinyl release.

"Night Of Time" is originally released in "Tishya"-CDr. It´s very calm, quite cold sounding piece, reminding Finnish winter. Next "Mirror Of Forehead" is from the same CDr. It´s somewhere middle of the first piece and stuff Pekka made in the "Buddhas Of Golden Light"-album, although it is also really modern sounding. Last piece of the vinyl a-side is "Otata" from the same name CDr. It´s quite same sounding as previous piece, has also something hypnotic in it. Title piece of this compilation starts the b-side. It starts with funny sounds like water dropping, really remembering when listening this first time my teenager daughter asked me "Are you listening this seriously". Sounds change into this almost 16 minutes piece, but it stays little bit kittenish. "King Of Snakes" from "Mangala"-CDr is absolutely greatest and most profound piece in this album, it really got great, sad melodic synths.

This album is one of the most serene works in Pekka´s albums. Although pieces are taken from three different CDr:s, they really fit together. Some parts of the album reminds Pekka´s masterpiece Afrodinpankara. Anyway I will give this only four stars. I believe Tangerine Dream fans would like this very cosmic album.

 Vitamins (Gandhi-Freud) by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 1997
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Vitamins (Gandhi-Freud)
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
5 stars As I told already in Pekka's 'Love and Addiction' review, Pekka recorded this album already in the 1975, but released it not until nineties as CDr under name 'Gandhi-Freud'. I believe those are his first fully keyboard-base recordings, atlhough 'Golden Age'-album could have recorded in same times. To me it sounds Pekka used Moog-synthesizers in this album, but there could have been also some other keyboards. Anyway I don't believe anybody else had made such sounds in Moog! I use in this review 2017-vinyl edition, that has every pieces from the original CDr-release, but also three more pieces. As the album name says, here are compositions from almost all the vitamins and many minerals, but I guess Pekka thought also important persons of the human history like Gandhi as vitamins. One of the additional track is 'Opium', but I think it's a joke or then just added into this vinyl edition because recorded in the same time.

Album starts with 'Molybdene' that's also in 'Madam I`m Adam'-compilation. It's quite noisy, but in 'Gandhi' direction changes much calmer, although there is some sadness. Next 'Michelangelo', 'Platon' & 'Picasso' are quite restless and trembling. 'Freud' is really anguished, but direction changes again in very great 'Akupunkture 1'. It has synth sound that reminds Nico's harmonium, also there are interesting synths that sounds like bombing in the end of piece. Second version is also really great where are used backward tapes in a very interesting way. In the end of first vinyl comes first true vitamin 'B12'. All the vitamin pieces have same kind of circling soundpath around them.

But the second vinyl starts with 'Chromium' that is the most cheerful piece in this album. I believe it also irritates many. End of third side is full of vitamins that have that same kind of base, but interesting variations. 'A' was also released in 'More Artic Hysteria'-compilation and 'E' and 'B3' were in 'Other Power'-compilation. The last side of this album starts with 'B6', then comes 'Magnesium' that reminds a lot with it's pulsing path 'Vitamin'-serie. But 'Copper' and 'Manganese' are sounding like some big animal is trying to run and ending 'Zinc' has really great, snake -alike sounds.

This is masterpiece! I don't think you can hear these other world-sounds anywhere else! I don't believe Steven Stapleton had heard this album when he took Sperm and Pekka Airiksinen into the famous 'Nurse With Wound'-list as only Finnish acts, but I believe he also thinks this album as masterpiece! Together with 'Afrodinpankara' I think this is the essential Pekka's keyboard-base album, but recommend the last one for the beginners!

 Vitae Tennis Nest by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Vitae Tennis Nest
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
3 stars Pekka had really rush-year in 2003, when releasing 3 CDr:s under his own name and even 10 Cdr:s under name Ajraxin! He had released really many also in 1997 & 1998, but I think this was his peak year. When he always wanted to go into new directions this album really includes something I haven't heard in any other Pekka records I have. This release has really weird electric piano pieces. I haven't got any information, but I believe Pekka has composed these to programming some electric piano, because these pieces are so fast & difficult that I can't imagine anybody can really play them. In this year he also seemed to fascinate about palindromes and anagrams. His compilation 'Madam I'm Adam' came this year, also there are two anagrams in this album from it's name. I am reviewing here 2015-vinyl edition, that lacks 7 pieces from the original Cdr-release and has instead two pieces on that are not in the original version. Also the track order is different.

'Vienna Estes Tint' is in the originally one piece, but in this album it has cut into three pieces. Not sure, is it exactly the same piece, because haven't heard the original Cdr at all, but in this vinyl pieces end in fading. Two first pieces starts in really melodic electric piano runs, but changes soon more chaotic. Next in the middle of these three pieces comes 'Visa Tense Intent' that sounds like two, talented children have fun with electric piano. Third part of 'Vienna Estes Tint' is quite melodic from begin to end. 'Acme Con Lent', 'Bell Eunice' & 'Lam Ice' are the most chaotic pieces in this album. 'Stress Graff No 11' is the most interesting piece in this album: with the piano it has also interesting sound effects made from the synth, sounds of breaking glass, whooshes and some percussion sounds. It really could be the music of some thriller movie. Two last pieces in the 2015 edition are from Nyks-CDr from the same year. They're both made from synths and are also really interesting. 'Hairstreak Annoyer' has distorted sounding synth playing solos, in the end there comes striking sounds, just like thunder. 'Reinsman Earthshaker' continues with those striking sounds and has in the end really winter alike synth parts.

I believe in this album Pekka comes closer to contemporary classical music than any other his records. So if you 're a friend of that music, this might be your album. But others I really don't recommend this to be a starter of Pekka's music. I believe it's a good thing this is a shorter version of the original album, hard to believe Pekka would have left great pieces like 'Stress Graff No 11' outside this edition. Anyway first electric piano pieces and great second side rise this album into three stars.

 Love `N Addiction (McDullan) by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Love `N Addiction (McDullan)
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
4 stars Pekka released himself five albums from his earlier recordings in 2015-17 as a vinyl (three first also in CD). This album was first one of those. Originally it was released as Cdr under name McDullan in 1997. Pekka had four aliases, three others are Ajaraxin, Gandhi-Freud & Xe. McDullan was originally Isä(father)Mc Dullan that he used in the classic Sperm-e.p. "3rd Erection". Although "Works"-box put together all Pekka´s released works from seventies, he recorded then more that he released later. This album was recorded 1978 and least there are "Vitamins"-album recorded in 1975. You can hear these albums were recorded in the same Pekka´s style period. Both of these albums includes the wildest Pekka´s electronic music.

Starter "Snow Rain Of Red Flowers" is really hyperactive piece. It could be described almost really weird, twisting rave. Same mood continues into next "Yellow Sunshine", but it has quite chirping synth sound in it. In the end synths goes softer and there is also repeating sound, like some radar. "Kotka-Rankki" is a little bit softer, but only a little. But in the "Good News From Columbia" the rave continues! Although Pekka was already Buddhist in the time of recording and didn´t use any drugs anymore, I believe this first side of the album describes really well the mad passionate life of a drugaddict!

But the album mood really changes into B-side. It starts with some really strange sound, like some soft elevator or air conditioning -equipment with drums, percussions and sax. I believe Antero Helander is playing sax although there is no information about the musicians in any album version. Soon comes really erotic electric piano. Then rhythm goes faster and stops and this repeat many times. In the second "Eros" there are also weird, a-side sounding synth in the beginning and no drums & percussions. In the last "Eros" there are just electric piano & sax, but in the middle there comes some synth also. This side really could be the music of some erotic film!

All the way this is again very interesting Pekka-album, but not same kind of masterpiece as for example "Afrodipankara". Mood changing between album sides is really great, on the other hand changes in pieces in both sides aren´t very big. Anyway not any boring moment in this! Also there is really great philosophy in the back of this album: there really is a big connection in love and addiction. Both can destroy and you can always try to control both. On the other hand life would be very boring without love at all and any addictions (just drinking coffee when writing this). If this review woke your interest, I recommend to listen first "Afrodipankara".

 Afrodipankara by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 2015
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Afrodipankara
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
5 stars Pekka was a mystery during his life. I had read somewhere, that he didn't make music in the eighties, instead he concentrated to Buddhism. But now when making some research about this album, it seemed he recorded quite much music in the eighties, but started release it again in the nineties. Anyway these really great sessions with guitarist Mr. Niemi remained unreleased for some really mystery reason until 2015. In 2015 Music On Demand company released a box from Pekka's seventies works and they also released this album same time. I got this as a separete record, but in some boxes it seemed to be as a kind of 'bonus'-album. I believe these four pieces are part of his project to make music about Buddha's 1000 incarnations.

'Khadgadasvara' starts the album with really low & dark, percussion alike keyboards. Soon Pekka starts to make higher sounds to it, guitar is in the back at first. In the middle comes very sharp hits from the keyboard and also guitar become more front. In the end there are very beautiful keyboard chords. This long piece keeps it's interest with it's really hypnotic groove although there isn't happening really much. 'Pradanasura' is the most chaotic piece in this album, but really not as attacking as some Pekka's works. Pekka plays in this really fart sounding synth and guitar makes great discord sounds. 'Prabhutaratna' seems to continue straight from where the previous piece leave, but in the middle Pekka starts to play really God alike chords and guitar follows that atmosphere in a very great way. The last 'Padmasri' starts in a very deep keyboard chord, but soon it changes into church bell sounding base. First Pekka improvises into this base, then Mr. Niemi. What a great ending into this amazing album!

Pekka was a genius that really never got all the respect he would have deserved. We will see will there come a time after he's death he will get it. I really haven't heard all of his massive discography, but what I've heard this is the greatest album of his keyboardmade albums! This is highly recommended to all Eno ambient music fans. When I think Eno's ambient works are at least mostly little bit boring, Pekka's works have always lots of interesting going. Sadly this album is not in spotify or youtube, but it's partly in Soundohm-pages.

 Mytologinen Duo: Golden Age by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Mytologinen Duo: Golden Age
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
4 stars This album definitely is the rarest of very rare Pekka Airaksinen albums! It´s not even mentioned in Discogs, I found only picture of it´s cover in the internet, but for some reason it didn´t show in PA-pages. First time I heard this album even exists was from that great Works-box. Anyway Pekka started to make music only in keyboards in 1975. He recorded then his "Vitamins"-album, but it was released in 1997 as Cdr. In 1976 he formed "Mytologinen Duo" (=Mythological Duo) with Antero Helander and recorded this album and it become he´s only keyboard-base release of seventies. He continued make recordings, but all those released later. In this album he made compositions from some Egypt-pharaohs. Later he started project to make composition of each Buddha´s 1000 incarnations, but I didn´t know, did he finish it. It was so sad he was in Finland those times in the seventies. I believe he would have had at least some underground success for example in the UK, those were same times when Eno started to make his minimalistic experiments with keyboards.

In this album there are two versions for each pharaoh and the first is always made with piano & sax and second with synth & sax. The synth Pekka used is not mentioned, but it sounds VCS3 to me. In "Nut1" piano is playing two notes and insane sax joins into it. Next "Nut2" synth continues same theme Pekka starting to manipulate intresting sounds from his synth. In these both tracks atmosphere really is mythological. "Nut" comes after those and there are more synths. But in "Hehus" atmosphere changes melancholic and continue rest of the album. In "Hehut´s" there come rhythm that continues also in "Kehr´s". Both of these have second part that starts in very low synth sounds and change really weird sounding. A little bit varied theme continues in "Kehrhet" and part 2 of it is the wildest piece in this album. In box there is also additional, 17 minutes long "Afrodite" which I think was recorded from the same sessions. It has great sax & synth playing with many, interesting analog synth sounds.

I am not a big fan of keyboard-base music, so it´s little bit sad, Pekka never came back to his experiments with guitar. But as I have said in some earlier Pekka review, he really could make so interesting music with keyboards that also my interest lasts through all his albums I have. Also Pekka was interested to go forward all of his life, his last works he made with laptop. I believe this album would please all Eno-fans, who like his Airport-album. But also Tangerine Dream fans should check this out. It´s one of the most serene Pekka albums.

 Samsa Trio: Samsa Trio by AIRAKSINEN, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 1972
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Samsa Trio: Samsa Trio
Pekka Airaksinen Progressive Electronic

Review by Mortte

— First review of this album —
4 stars Pekka really went all of his life totally own way. In sixties/seventies it was really rare in Finland, that no-one made selfpublished records. Only independent label was Love Records and I believe it would have wanted to release at least legendary Pekka's Sperm-orchestra album Shhh-Hein'sirkat. Instead of that Pekka decided to release his records by his own 0-label. No idea, how many copies were pressed, but it's possible they all weren 't sold at their release time, because Pekka haven't ever been business man at all. Anyway they become very expensive collector's items and for recent years you haven't got any possibility for example listen this album anywhere. Luckily German Vinyl-On-Demand wanted to release all Pekka's seventies works in the same box, so I finally also got possibility to listen this very rare album. Samsa Trio-album came same year as Pekka's first solo 'One Point Music'. Samsa Trio was shortlived band, where former Sperm men Antero Helander & Mattijuhani Koponen joined with Pekka.

There are no recording details in this album, but I believe this has recorded live in Pekka's homestudio with few microphones. Recording quality is still quite good. Unlike Pekka's later albums, this is totally acoustic, fully instrumental and there is even no electric guitar. 'Kuun Alla' (= under the moon) starts album with Koponen playing tugging valse in piano. Pekka joins with freeform acoustic guitar playing, also soon Helander with sax. Helander's playing varies from soft to strong & very free. In the end of these piece Koponen plays very tingling back to the sax and Pekka changes guitar to maracas. Next 'Kiven Poiminta' (=picking the stone) is the only piece released after vinyl release in cd-compilation 'More Artic Hysteria'. Koponen plays in it even more tugging piano, Helander has changed to recorder & Pekka plays percussion & trombone same time. 'Kaislikko' (=bed of reeds) is the most freeform piece where musicians change instruments many times, there are at least cello, kantele, piano & sax. Last 'J'' Sulaa' (=ice melts) is the most rhythmic piece including strong percussive beat. In the end it changes more freeform, Helander starts to play piano passages, Pekka improvises with cello & Koponen changes recorder to percussions. In the end there is short, strong piece with cello & two saxes.

This album is almost same kind of masterpiece as Sperm-album & Pekka's first solo. It really brings in my mind the feelings of Finnish nature in the winternight. Music is really weird but interesting. There is not much acoustic stuff in Pekka's discography, I think there has come only 'Pagoda'-e.p under name Omar Williams & Pekka Airaksinen year after this album. That e.p. is also included in that 'Works 1968-1976'-box that is must to all Pekka-fans (who are not ready to pay for the original releases if they happend to be available). This album is highly recommended to all avantgarde-jazz -fans!

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