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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mika Vainio's quiet influence on electronic music was deafening

Vainio, who has died aged 53, made his mark in the 1990s as one half of Pan Sonic and collaborated with everyone from Björk to Suicide’s Alan Vega. A tribute to a soft-spoken artist whose music spoke volumes

As one half of Pan Sonic with Ilpo Väisänen, Mika Vainio had a transformative effect on the deconstructed techno that lurks around the fringes of dance and electronic music. In fact, when news of his death last week, at just 53 years of age, was announced, I could think of few artists of his generation who had such a large influence in their field.

Vainio’s influence on ambient and industrial electronic music was somewhat unspoken in his lifetime. He was not a figurehead of a scene, but pretty much all booming palettes of mechanical sound being made today nod in some way to Vainio and his work with Pan Sonic (who started out as Panasonic in 1993 before the Japanese electronics manufacturer of that name threatened legal action).

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