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Together with Mika Vainio, Ilpo Väisänen was part of the Finnish duo Pan Sonic, one of the most ground-breaking and innovating projects in contemporary electronic music. In a musical form in which sequencing and recording music using computers is standard, the group was known for recording everything live, straight to DAT (Digital Audio Tape) using home-made and modified synthesizers and effect units. In December 2009 their split was announced, and Mika and Ilpo continued with their own solo projects.
Ilpo’s former releases on his own label Kangaroo, a sub-label of Raster-Noton, have clearly shown his personal affinity with dub music.
Apart from that he is also playing some kind of free-form noise with a tendency to drone with Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) in the duo Angel / Die Angel.

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.
Together with Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) Ilpo Väisänen formed Angel in 1998, renamed Die Angel in 2017.
He formed Aikahai with Finnish musicians in 2007 – live performances and music for dance and film; lives and works as a sound artist in Kuopio, Finland.

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 I-LP-O In Dub ‎- Capital Dub Chapter 1 (editions mego)

Discography :äisänen

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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