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Mika Vainio’s quiet influence on electronic music was deafening

Delivered... Jennifer Lucy Allan | Scene | Tue 18 Apr 2017 3:33 pm

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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Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

Delivered... Jennifer Lucy Allan | Scene | Fri 17 Jun 2016 1:00 pm

A new festival celebrates Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and other female synth wizards

It’s not often, if at all, that you find a festival focusing on women in electronic music without making gender the star attraction. While “all-female bills” have gained traction to address the stark gender imbalance in dance and electronic music bookings, they can feel tokenist, where gender comes before talent. But not so at London’s Southbank Centre next weekend: its Deep Minimalism festival presents compositions by some of electronic music’s early frontrunners, going as far back as the 1950s. They just so happen to be almost exclusively female.

Many of these composers get less time in the spotlight than their male counterparts, who dominate the so-called electronic music canon (the only one present here is John Cage). But they were just as responsible for shaping the future of the genre.

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