ILPO VÄISÄNEN BIOGRAPHY/ DISCOGRAPHY

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One indivisible, inseparable half of Panasonic / Pan Sonic, a crucial and visionary duo in electronic music for over two decades, from the beginning of the 90s until a few years back, which definitively ceased activities after the irreparable disappearance of its other half, the brilliant musician Mika Vainio.

Originally from Helsinki, but having sprouted up in several other places over the years where the air was more breathable for there was greater freedom, they trekked through new possibilities in sound, timbre and structure, in a field which covered all the knowledge that interested them. Political, philosophical, cultural - human. Musically speaking, and from the viewpoint of the prevalent vocabularies, they mixed techno with the spirit of the most caustic rock, with dub, and the most enlightened side of what was to be known as industrial. Ilpo Väisänen returned to solo albums through now canonical Editions Mego in 2015 with ‘Communist Dub’, ‘I-LP-O in Dub’ in 2017, and last year’s larger album, ‘ÄÄNET’, in honour of his late friend. Peppered with some field recordings from a Pan Sonic tour of the USA, this album makes for the most dignified, powerful and delicate elegy.

His work continues to be marked by a fierce independence at every level, with the metaphysical trinkets of his own creation alongside the more usual technologies, making music so we don’t forget the reasons for fighting.


Ilpo Väisänen, born in Kuopio / Finland in 1963, studied visual arts and ceramics, graduated from Turku art academy in 1991 and in the early 90s took part in several solo and group exhibitions.
He formed the performance-art group ultra3 in 1991 and in 1993, together with Mika Vainio, the sound group sinO which turned into Pan Sonic (originally called Panasonic).
Pan Sonic performed in clubs, galleries and at festivals in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia, for instance Southbank/Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican (London), Centre Pompidou, Fondation Cartier (Paris), Volksbühne, MaerzMusik festival (Berlin), Sónar festival (Barcelona); they did collaborations with Masami Akita (Merzbow), FM Einheit, Erkki Kurenniemi, Barry Adamson, Keiji Haino, Charlemagne Palestine, Sunn O))), among others; had numerous CDs/LPs, live releases, album collaborations, and remixes (e.g. for Ryuichi Sakamoto); composed music for Comme des Garçons fashion shows; gained the Ars Electronica award in 2005.
Apart from that he is also playing some kind of free-form noise with a tendency to drone with Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) in a duo formed as ANGEL in 1998, renamed DIE ANGEL in 2017.


Solo releases / Collaborations:

1995 Jarru EP (mind records)
2001 Piiri EP (traum)
2000 Angel - Angel (bip hop)
2000 Ilpo Väisänen - 20TO200002 CD (raster noton)
2001 Ilpo Väisänen - Asuma CD (mego)
2002 Liima ep 1-2 & Liima ep 3-4 (raster noton/kangaroo)
2002 Bip-hop Generation [v.6] (BiP_HOp)
2006 Angel & Hildur Gudnadottir (oral)
2008 Angel & Hildur Gudnadottir - Kalmukia (editions mego)
2008 Angel - Hedonism (editions mego)
2009 Strings Of Consciousness & Angel (conspiracy)
2011 Angel - 26000 (editions mego)
2014 Angel - Terra Null. (editions mego)
2015 I-LP-O In Dub ‎- Communist Dub (editions mego)
2016 Ilpo Väisänen - Syntetisaattori Musiikkia Kuopiosta (Kvitnu)
2017 Die Angel - Entropien I (Cosmo Rhythmic)
2017 I-LP-O In Dub ‎- Capital Dub Chapter 1 (editions mego)
2018 Die Angel - Yön Magneetti Sine ‎(Edition Telemark)
2018 I-LP-ON - ÄÄNET (editions mego)


Discography :

discogs.com/I-LP-O-In-Dub
discogs.com/Ilpo-Väisänen
discogs.com/Pan-Sonic


Other activities:

2010 YOKOMONO-PRO, compositions by: Ilpo Vaisanen, 
Mika Vainio
 and Staalplaat Soundsystem, clubtransmediale

2012 organizer and curator of ÄÄNI festival in FI-Kuopio
A festival of experimental music, sound, media art and movement

2014 compositions for ” 2nd nature” dance choreography by Tomi Paasonen

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