Friday 20 January 2017, 7.30pm
“Its extremity notwithstanding, if ever there was a time to unleash this album upon an unsuspecting populace, it is now. Its absurd synth tones sound fresh again; its clangorous skronk sounds as much like 2015 as it does its actual vintage. Astute listeners might glom onto bits which seem to predict techniques and sounds utilised by modern astral travellers like Blues Control and Sun Araw, but Airaksinen goes even deeper and weirder.” – review of Pekka Airaksinen's 'Buddhas of Golden Light’
Pekka Airaksinen (b. 1945) is a Finnish composer of electronic music.
In late 1960s, Airaksinen formed his first band The Sperm, with the other young protagonists in the Helsinki underground scene of the time. The Sperm pioneered Finnish avant-garde music by mixed elements of free jazz, psychedelic rock, and confrontational performance art. their highly controversial public performances resulted in two members being arrested.
Shortly after The Sperm's breakup in the early 1970s, Airaksinen turned to Buddhism and ceased making music. He returned to music in the mid 1980s with the album Buddhas of Golden Light, which considered by many as a masterpiece of pioneering mutant fusion in his ever extending catalogue - the genre bending record demonstrating his idiosyncratic style at its best, mixing free jazz idiom, Yamaha DX-7 midi-synth, and Roland 808 drum machine, with the leads of deep mystical feel.
In early 1990s, Airaksinen founded his own Dharmakustannus label, on which he released numerous CDs & CD-Rs since then. The music styles of these releases are extremely varied. ranging from new age, ambient, house, jazz and improvisation. each releases showcasing his unique aesthetics, reflecting both spiritual and mathematical approaches he'd explored and developed through his nearly a-half-century-long caree
Iku Sakan is a Osaka born electronic musician and DJ, currently based in Berlin.
In his richly textured organic music, Sakan searches for soulful moments from soulless materials through a constantly shifting collection of sound sources, melding improvisation and mixing practices.
His music focuses predominantly on the potential of the emotional developments through the repetitive rhythmic patterns, rotating harmonics and resonating melodies.
Since he landed Berlin in 2009, Sakan have been magnetized by the fertile underground of the city's international music scene. his exploring nature and various musical activities has lead him to sharping his own craft in recent years.
He's been also collaborating with some notable names in the modern music scope. Sun Araw, Frisk Frugt, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Muneomi Senju (ex-Boredoms), Damo Suzuki, among many others.