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Mika Vainio

Mika Vainio is a Finnish-born musician resident in Berlin, working in the field of electronic music. His works mainly belong to the minimal techno and ambient genres. Before he founded the group Panasonic in the early 90s, he played synthesizer and percussion with a series of bands who were part of the Finnish industrial and noise scene. In 1993 as part of Turku’s art and techno scene, Vainio met Ilpo Väisänen and Sami Salo, with whom he founded Panasonic, whose first EP appeared in 1994 on the Sähkö Recordings label. In 1999 he was one of twelve artists who each released one part of “20' to 2000 - twelve releases about the cutting edge of the millennium” on the German Raster-Noton label. He published solo recordings under his birth name and a series of pseudonyms including Ø, Kentolevi, Philus and Tekonivel as well as together with Ilpo Väisänen as Pan Sonic (formerly Panasonic). Numerous solo albums and collaborations with, among others, Carsten Nicolai, Fennesz and Christian Zanési have appeared since. Alongside his musical releases Mika Vainio has remained active as a visual artist since 1997, creating numerous installations. He has also composed diverse sound tracks including one for the dance projects of Cindy van Ackers.