Monday, December 31, 2007

Markku Peltola (1956-2007)

Markku Peltola 1956-2007

Markku Peltola, the star of Aki Kaurismäki's award-winning The Man Without a Past (2002), has suddenly passed away at his home in Kangasala. Peltola was also involved in the activities of Tampere's Telakka club-restaurant-theatre and played in the band Motelli Skronkle. Markku Peltola's two solo albums Buster Keatonin ratsutilalla (2003) and Buster Keaton tarkistaa idän ja lännen (2006) were released by Ektro Records (of Circle fame).

  • Finnish Wikipedia
  • Friday, December 21, 2007

    Happy Holidays!

    I'm not great with sending Xmas cards, so this is for all of you, and especially for everyone who has kept supporting pHinnWeb and Kompleksi during 2007: you know who you are.

    Thursday, December 20, 2007

    Giant Vagina Stuns Helsinki

    The Finnish Society for Aesthetics has granted to the artist Mimosa Pale The Aesthetic Action of the Year 2007 Prize for her sculpture Mobile Female Monument. The jury, comprising the professors Pauline von Bonsdorff and Jyrki Siukonen, calls Mobile Female Monument "a surreal and at the same time a very humane work of art which simultaneously depicts both public and personal space. Seen from afar, the Gogolian giant nose on wheels reveals itself on a closer look to be a female reproductive organ. Pale invites passers-by to crawl inside the piece and be re-born there".

    From The Finnish Society for Aesthetics site:

    "The Finnish Society of Aesthetics has from 1997 on nominated The Aesthetic Action of the Year and awarded its maker with an honorary prize. The prize is awarded annually by a changing jury consisting of 3-5 persons, including members of the governing body of the society and other experts. The honorary prize is awarded to a person or community, which by his/hers/its activity, products or thoughts has promoted discussions on art, beauty and aesthetic values. The prize is made public on the day of the annual meeting of the Finnish Society of Aesthetics."

    Links in Finnish:

  • News @ Helsingin Sanomat
  • Discussion @ HS
  • Juha Seppälä
  • Mimosa Pale @ Ylioppilaslehti
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2007

    New Emperor Machine Releases In 2008

    UK's DC Recordings announces two new Emperor Machine 12"s for January and February 2008, featuring among all a remix from Simian Mobile Disco.

    Artist: The Emperor Machine
    Title: Slap On / Gang Bang
    Label: DC Recordings
    Cat. No: DCR81
    Format: 12" / digital download
    Release Date: 11 February 2008

    Artist: The Emperor Machine
    Title: No Sale No I.D. (Simian Mobile Disco Version)
    Label: DC Recordings
    Cat. No: DCR86
    Format: limited edition 12"/digital download
    Release Date: 28 January 2008

    Press release notes from DC Recordings:

    "The saga of The Emperor Machine has been long and fraught with deviancy. 2004 saw the birth of the tantalizing Aimee Tallulah Is Hypnotised album (DCR56), a voluptuous and erotically charged audio experience that bewildered the music world with its lust and energy.

    Then in 2006 came the second utterance from The Emperor Machine, six powerful 12" emissions that over time (lord) mutated into their own album-like shape to form Vertical Tones And Horizontal Noise (DCR75).

    It is to this last outburst that we return for the first of these two new 12"s, focusing on the sordid pop genius that is 'No Sale No I.D'. A cryptically told tale of nocturnal trans-gender research, the song has already achieved infamy with its rabid boogie, inspiring a state of salival reverie amongst the dance music community, as singled out here by none other than SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO.

    Fresh from the success of the Attack Decay Sustain Release album, this notorious duo have taken the original and sharpened up all the edges, creating spikes and crunch were once there was ooze, setting the analogue shapes of the original against a frenetic digital electro template that swarms, swells and intermittently bursts inside the mind of the listener; a reworking that truly penetrates the dance floor and those writhe upon it.

    With the second of these two 12"s - 'Slap On / Gang Bang' - we glimpse the Emperor Machine in a state of flux prior to the birth of a third age (and third album). Having impregnated itself once again, this is the last discoid emission before gestation begins.

    Appropriately, 'Slap On' is a racy polyrhythmic affair that deals in endless climax. Veins will swell as the circuits begin to smoke, the listener tumbling through a vortex of analogue filters and oscillators towards a heavy crescendo!

    On the flipside 'Gang Bang' will soothe and relieve after such orgiastic fury. A groove of sinister refinement: during testing this track has been observed to take full possession of the listener's pelvis and bowels, leaving the mind to relax and watch the discotheque melt.

    2008 also marks the advent of the Emperor Machine LIVE! The huge mechanical brain that until now has only been glimpsed spinning over Stafford has appropriated human forms and will be smearing itself across suitably lubricated music venues. More details of this to follow..."

    manSEDANse 2007 Image Gallery

    Sami Koivikko @ manSEDANse 2007

    Pangaea @ manSEDANse 2007

    Images from Tampere's manSEDANse 07 festival (4-7 October 2007) can be found here:

    (I also shot some video footage at the festival myself, so hopefully some of that material will end up in YouTube before too long.)

    Monday, December 17, 2007

    30 Years Since Risto Jarva's Death

    Risto Jarva and Antti Peippo during the filming of Ruusujen aika

    It's been 30 years since the death in car accident of Risto Jarva, perhaps the most prominent film director in Finland before Aki Kaurismäki.

    Risto Jarva (15 July 1934 - 16 December 1977) was one of the Finnish directors (alongside e.g. Maunu Kurkvaara, Erkko Kivikoski and Jaakko Pakkasvirta) who in the early 1960s took their cues from French new wave and modernism, thus breaking the nationalist-rural tradition that had been prevalent in Finland's cinema up to those days.

    Such works as Onnenpeli (1965) and Työmiehen päiväkirja (1967) combined urbanist themes and social topics. Ruusujen aika (1969) is one of the rare examples of Finnish science fiction cinema. Bensaa suonissa (1970) and controversial Kun taivas putoaa... (1972) (based on the worst exploits of scandal press magazines such as Hymy and its most notorious writer Veikko Ennala) brought grim satirical overtones to social commentary. Yhden miehen sota (1973), perhaps the bleakest film of Jarva, follows the desperate attempts of a lone entrepreneur and his one-man excavator company.

    After that Jarva's films took on a lighter note, though not abandoning social issues, and commercially, popular comedies starring Antti Litja, such as Mies joka ei osannut sanoa ei (1975), Loma (1976) and especially Jäniksen vuosi (1977, from a novel by Arto Paasilinna) were the biggest successes of Jarva's career until the death in taxi accident after the director was returning from a showing of Jäniksen vuosi for the invited guests cut his career short, thus giving a serious blow for Finnish cinema in general.

    Rauli Badding Somerjoki: 'Bensaa suonissa' (off Risto Jarva's Bensaa suonissa, 1970)

  • Risto Jarva @ IMDB

    Links in Finnish:

  • Risto Jarva -seura: a society dedicated to the director
  • Risto Jarva @ Elävä Arkisto
  • SEA
  • Wikipedia
  • Thursday, December 13, 2007

    Hymy: Historian havinaa

    For the fans of Finnish sensationalist magazine Hymy which had its heyday in the 1960s and 70s (featuring such notorious writers as Veikko Ennala), the magazine has now archived some of the most (in)famous articles from this era as PDF files and with brief introductions in Finnish [also featuring a section of erotic short stories especially commissioned for the magazine from some well-known authors of the day, such as Hannu Salama and Kaari Utrio(!)]:

    Huoratron: 'Assume Position'

    Huoratron: 'Assume Position' (2006)

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2007

    Verde: Hand-Made Tube Audio

    pHinnWeb has hosted a discography page for Verde, a one-man electronic project of Mika Rintala, also familiar from Circle and Ektroverde. Now there's an official site featuring among all photos of Rintala's analogue synths, his own home-made gear (featuring the famous theremin Rintala built inside a Ufox air humidifier!) and Verde's home studio, some technical specs and discography info.

    Mika Rintala operating a modular synth and the Ufox theremin

    Sunday, December 09, 2007

    Karlheinz Stockhausen In Memoriam

    Karlheinz Stockhausen interview

    More Stockhausen videoclips @ YouTube

    Karlheinz Stockhausen (22 August 1928 - 5 December 2007), one of the pioneers of electronic music with such works as Gesang der Jünglinge (1955–56), has passed away.

    Monday, December 03, 2007

    Juha Rautio's Paintings @ Flickr

    I wrote here some time ago my brother Juha Rautio and his exhibition of flamenco paintings in Lahti. Now a Flickr site featuring Juha's paintings is up and running at:

    Sunday, December 02, 2007

    Friday, November 30, 2007

    Eero Aarnio Annoyed By Piratism

    Finnish designer Eero Aarnio (b. 1932) recently got annoyed in Berlin when a TV interview with him was arranged to a car retail store. To his horror, Aarnio found out the store's two Ball Chairs (also known as Globe Chairs) -- his most famous design -- that were planned to be used as backdrop for the interview were actually copies. Aarnio says there are numerous pirate copies of his globe chair manufactured around the world, but it's nearly useless to sue the manufacturers because of the varying global copyright laws, which Aarnio thinks often leave the rights of the original designer nearly non-existent. Ball Chair was created by Eero Aarnio in 1966 and it (or its copies) has been featured in several movies, music videos, countless fashion shoots and so on: basically whenever a piece of stylish retro design is required.

    The retrospective exhibition of Eero Aarnio's works "Retropop, Phantasie und Tagträume" is now on display at the Finnish Embassy in Berlin from November 8, 2007 to January 4, 2008.

  • Related news in Finnish @ MTV3
  • A Futuro House Sold in Paris for 140,000 Euros

    Futuro video clip 1

    Futuro 2

    On Tuesday 27 November 2007, one of the remaining Futuro houses was sold at Christie's auction in Paris for 140,000 euros. Futuro was a flying saucer-shaped fibreglass house designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in 1968, reflecting the era's futuristic space age dreams. Futuro was the subject of Mika Taanila's 1998 documentary film Futuro - A New Stance for Future and also appeared on Jimi Tenor's video The Year of the Apocalypse.

  • Related news @ YLE
  • Friday, November 23, 2007

    I Wish Life Could Be Swedish Magazines (a.k.a. Post Robust Profits)

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    "I Wish Life Could Be Swedish Magazines (a.k.a. Post Robust Profits)" [23 November 2007]

    © pHinn 2007

    [pHinnMilk Comics] (not for children)

    Monday, November 19, 2007

    Anki Lindqvist (1945 - 2007)

    Finnish folksinger Anki Lindqvist (27 October 1945 - 15 November 2007) has died in Muonio after a severe illness. Born as Agneta Elisabeth Lindqvist, Anki released her first single, 'Neiti yksinäinen' ("Miss Lonely"), with the surf-guitar band The Savages in 1962.

    She came into prominence along the Finnish folk music boom of the mid-60s, when she recorded as a trio with Bosse and Robert Österberg among all some Finnish translations of Johnny Cash and The Kinks, but also her own solo songs, 'Paha tyttö' ("Bad girl") perhaps the best known of them. Furthermore, the entry lists 'Ne kesäyöt' (Marianne Faithfull's 'Summer Nights'), 'Sunny', 'Jos nyt menet pois' (Jacques Brel's 'Ne me quitte pas'; known also as English version 'If You Go Away', recorded at least by Nina Simone and Scott Walker) and 'Elät yhä muistoissain' ('Dream A Little Dream of Me' by The Mamas and Papas) as some of the most successful Anki songs of the period 1965-69.

    Both in 1966 and 1967 Iskelmä magazine voted Anki Lindqvist as the most popular female singer in Finland. During the late 60s Anki also toured the country as a member of "Danny-Shows", the summer entourages of Ilkka "Danny" Lipsanen, and in 1969 she appeared in Finnish version of Hair. In the 1970s Anki was a member of the band Cumulus, alongside with Heikki "Hector" Harma, Cay Karlsson, Sakari Lehtinen and Petri Hohenthal. Anki Lindqvist also worked as a producer and director for the entertainment department of Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE's Swedish language TV.

  • Official site (in Swedish/Finnish)
  • Anki Lindqvist @ Finnish Wikipedia
  • Video clips @ YLE Elävä Arkisto
  • Anki Lindqvist @ YLE Äänilevystö
  • Thursday, November 15, 2007

    Ira Levin R.I.P.

    The American suspense novelist Ira Levin (1929-2007) has passed away. Levin was best known for such works as Rosemary's Baby (1967), The Stepford Wives (1972) and The Boys From Brazil (1976), all of them also turned into film adaptations: the most successful of them Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), which is very faithful to the original book.

    One of Levin's strengths was to take what were some current trends in society and turn them into masterful works of suspense and paranoia that did not took place in any traditional Gothic settings such as haunted castles with their mad scientists and horror film monsters, but in (superficially) familiar and mundane everyday settings of urban/suburban life, where the uneasiness of main characters gradually grows as the events unfold.

    Such mentioned trends of the time were in Rosemary's Baby the interest in occultism and re-assessing of the religious issues in the 60s (arguably, there might not have been such "Satanic" book and film hits of the 70s as The Exorcist or The Omen had Levin not paved the way with his work); or the same era's rise of female emancipation, as reflected in The Stepford Wives, a horror/sci-fi/satire on some robot-like and very un-emancipated suburban housewives.

    ["Stepford wife" has now even become a catchprase in everyday usage -- according to Wikipedia it is: "usually applied to a woman who seems to conform blindly to an old-fashioned subservient role in relationship to her husband, compared to other, presumably more independent and vivacious women. It can also be used to criticise any person, male or female, who submits meekly to authority and/or abuse; or even to describe someone who lives in a robotic, conformist manner without giving offense to anyone. The word 'Stepford' can also be used as an adjective denoting servility or blind conformity (e.g. 'He's a real Stepford employee') or a noun ('My home town is so Stepford')."]

    Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford's Wives also make use of a very similar premise in both of them: an ordinary housewife finding herself in a new life situation -- young Rosemary Woodhouse getting pregnant with her first child and all subsequent hopes and fears arising there; a modern and feminism-orientated Joanna Eberhart with her husband and children moving from city to a suburban small town with some very conservative and old-fashioned values as to the place of woman in family and society -- and her slowly growing suspicious, even paranoid, towards the people in her nearest environment, where everything is obviously not as it seems.

  • Ira Levin @ Intercourse With The Dead

    Trailer for Rosemary's Baby (1968)

    Trailer for The Stepford Wives (1975) -- Levin himself was not particularly excited with this adaptation, though it has now become a cult film (which was also remade in 2004).

    Time magazine published in April 1966 its famous "Is God Dead?" issue, which Levin also featured in Rosemary's Baby.
  • Pan Sonic Vs. Keiji Haino Tonight In Berlin

    Keiji Haino @ No Fun Fest 07, Part 1 of 3

    A real treat is offered for Berliners tonight when Pan sonic meets the legendary Japanese guitarist and experimental musician Keiji Haino at Berlin's Volksbühne. Also Mr. Schmuck's Farm (a.k.a. Dirk "Schneider TM" Dresselhaus and Hildur "múm" Gudnadóttir, both Ilpo Väisänen and Pan sonic collaborators, respectively) will appear. And if my mostly-forgotten school German serves me right, also an album collaboration between Pan sonic and Keiji Haino is to be expected...

    In Tonstudios an unterschiedlichen Orten Europas braut sich Unheilvolles zusammen: Nach Informationen aus gewöhnlich gut unterrichteten Kreisen arbeiten gegenwärtig zwei Giganten der Noise-Musik erstmals an einem gemeinsamen Album: Pan sonic, berühmt-berüchtigtes Elektronik-Duo aus Finnland mit Wohnsitz in Berlin und Barcelona, treffen auf Keiji Haino, Ausnahmegitarrist aus Osaka, der bereits vor zwei Jahren mit einem fulminanten Konzert als Solist bei Zeitkratzer in der Volksbühne und zuletzt durch seine Auftritte bei einem Projekt mit dem Künstler Raymond Pettibon und dem Theatermacher Schorsch Kamerun in den Sophiensaelen für Furore sorgte. Bevor er nach getaner Arbeit zurück nach Japan fliegt, stellen Haino und Pan sonic das mit Sicherheit hochgradig explosive Ergebnis ihrer Kollaboration exklusiv in der Volksbühne vor.

    Auch im Vorprogramm wird ein erlesenes Kooperations-Projekt präsentiert: Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) und Hildur Gudnadóttir (Múm), die unter dem Namen Mr. Schmuck's Farm bereits ihr gemeinsames Album Good Sound veröffentlicht

    Pan sonic vs. Keiji Haino
    Date: Thursday 15 November 2007
    Venue: Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
    Time: 2100 hours -> (Grosses Haus)

    Linienstrasse 227
    10178 Berlin

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007

    Circle: Saturn Reality

    Finnish postrock/post-Krautrock/NWOFHM band Circle is the subject of Saturn Reality (a.k.a. Saturnus Reality, 2007), described as a rock documentary meeting experimental film fantasy; inspired by the works of such as Stan Brakhage and Kenneth Anger. The director/cinematographer of the 60-minute film is Esko Lönnberg. Saturn Reality will have its world premiere at Helsinki's Avanto Festival 2007.


    Kiasma Theatre on Friday, 16 November at 7 pm,
    second screening on Saturday, 17 November at 7 pm.

  • Saturn Reality introduction by Mika Taanila @ Avanto site
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    'Sara Pain' Video to Stuttgarter Filmwinter

    More film festival appearances for Kompleksi's 'Sara Pain' video, directed by Tina Ulevik/Spul Films (Australia)... Now the video has been chosen to the Supporting Programme of the 21th Stuttgarter Filmwinter, 16-20 January 2008 in Stuttgart, Germany.

    Uusitalo: Karhunainen

    The ever-productive Sasu Ripatti (a.k.a. Vladislav Delay a.k.a. Luomo) has a new album out under his Uusitalo moniker, called Karhunainen ("Bear Woman"). You can listen to some tracks from the album at Uusitalo's MySpace site.

    Artist: Uusitalo
    Title: Karhunainen
    Label: Huume Recordings
    Cat.No: HUUME14
    Format: CD, Album
    Date: 12 October 2007


    1 Vesi Virtaa Veri
    2 Korpikansa
    3 Tohtori Kuka
    4 Konevitsa
    5 Sikojen Juhla
    6 Karhunainen
    7 Satumaa
    8 Nälkälaulu
    9 Himo Perkele
    10 Puut Juuriltaan

  • Album info, press release notes, artwork & MP3 @
  • Entry @ Discogs
  • A review @ Pitchfork
  • Monday, November 12, 2007

    Etoiles Polares Finland @ Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium

    Festival of Finnish popular music in Ghent, Belgium

    'Etoiles Polares Finland', a festival dedicated exclusively to Finnish music, will take place at Vooruit Arts Centre, Ghent, Belgium, on December 12 - 15.

    The festival focuses on the alternative domains of popular music, especially electronic and progressive styles. The hand-picked performers include Kimmo Pohjonen, Cleaning Women, Circle, Kuusumun Profeetta, Magyar Posse, Aavikko, Shogun Kunitoki, Kusti Vuorinen and Pekko Käppi. On two special occasions, Jimi Tenor and Pan Sonic will collaborate with Belgian artists Flat Earth Society and Arne Deforce, respectively.

    Some of the concerts feature visuals and video art by Marita Liulia, Maippi Ketola and Samuli Alapuranen.

    'Etoiles Polares Finland' is produced by Vooruit Arts Centre with additional programme consultation by Fimic, and with the support of several Finnish institutions and foundations.

    Vooruit Arts Center is a prominent cultural house hosting two venues with standing capacities of 1200 and 300. Music aside, it programmes regularly contemporary dance, plays, performance art, and installations.


    Kimmo Pohjonen & Marita Liulia Animator
    Vooruit Theaterzaal
    December 12, 2007

    Kusti Vuorinen / Jimi Tenor meets Flat Earth Society & Maippi Ketola
    Vooruit Theaterzaal
    December 13, 2007

    Cleaning Women
    Vooruit Cafe
    December 13, 2007

    Pekko Käppi / Kimmo Pohjonen & Eric Echampard / Kuusumun Profeetta
    Various Vooruit venues
    December 14, 2007

    Shogun Kunitoki
    Vooruit Cafe
    December 14, 2007

    Magyar Posse / Circle / Pan Sonic meets Arne Deforce / Aavikko & Samuli Alapuranen
    Various Vooruit venues
    December 15, 2007

    More info: ->

    [via Fimic / It's A Trap]

    Sunday, November 11, 2007

    Helsinki Complaints Choir

    Helsinki Complaints Choir

    "Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen collected the pet peeves and angst-ridden pleas of people in Helsinki and then composed this choral work around the list of complaints. Music composed by Esko Grundström.

    Please visit the project website for more info:"

  • Complaints Choir @ Wikipedia

    [via Tina]
  • Thursday, November 08, 2007

    Monday, November 05, 2007

    Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four

    The Jack Kirby-era Fantastic Four (1961-70) on Marvel Comics has been a big favourite of mine for a long time, though my efforts to collect these works have been somehow haphazard and mostly reliable on irregular Finnish translations. The latest of these is Ihmesarja 12 (reviving the title under which Marvel's comics were published in Finnish for the first time in the 60s) on Egmont, a compilation which features from 1969 and 1970 the last Fantastic Four adventures Kirby created for Marvel Comics before he left the company.

    Kirby's was an elegant and cinematic style of illustration (I especially love his beautiful female characters) owing a great attention to detail and vast cosmic visions, with a certain occasional touch of surrealist pop art too (some of his singular comic book panels could be works of art in their own right): Marvel Comics enjoyed a cult following among the members of the 60s psychedelic counter-culture; having a certain hipster appeal with characters like Silver Surfer (who had his first appearance in FF #48, March 1966) who was a philosophical galactic beatnik/hippie never ceasing to wonder humankind's war-like habits.

    The storylines themselves -- with pompous cosmic villains of over-theatrical lines and their universe-conquering delusions of grandeur combined with the silly comedy antics of our heroes' domestic lives -- seem quite childish these days when pop culture is inhabited with psycho serial killers and even Batman has become a dark right-wing vigilante à la Frank Miller, but obviously it's this old-fashioned naivety for which the vintage Fantastic Four holds a great appeal.

  • Comics @ pHinnWeb
  • Juha Rautio's Exhibition of Flamenco Paintings

    Juha Rautio and his paintings [click for large version]

    My brother Juha Rautio recently had an exhibition of his flamenco paintings at the Library of Mukkula in Lahti, where he lives now; combining two of his interests, art and playing flamenco guitar himself. I hope to have in the future some of Juha's paintings presented also in this blog.


    Thursday, October 25, 2007

    NSI. Plays Non Standards.

    A new Sähkö Recordings release...

    Artist: NSI (Non Standard Institute)
    Title: Plays Non Standards
    Format: CD SÄHKÖ-022
    Date: October 2007

    (23 untitled piano pieces)

    Press release info:

    Non Standard Institute
    Plays Non Standards

    Non Standard Institute is a piano drone project by sound engineers Max Loderbauer (Sun Electric) and Tobias Freund (Pink Elln, Sieg Üeber Die Sonne), both prominent techno producers whose careers date back the mid-1980s.

    Compared to their earlier work in, Plays Non Standards is an exploration into a completely different direction. The music is based on the sounds of the grand piano played by Loderbauer and the subtle electronic "treatments" by Freund, with the help of vintage Roland DEP-5 and Roland TR-808 machines.

    Very minimalistic and Spartan, yet rich in its attention to detail and sound, Plays Non Standards is a soundwork in the tradition of Brian Eno's Music For Airports. Yet, the music produced by Non Standard Institute is fully improvised, with "mistakes" being a vital part of their ambient experience.

    Recorded over a two-year period in Berlin, Plays Non Standards does an outstanding job in blurring the line between modern acoustic piano music and the more philosophical end of electronic music.

  • Info & sound samples @ Sähkö Recordings
  • Entry @ Discogs

  • Sähkö Recordings: official site
  • Sähkö Recordings @ pHinnWeb
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    Mauno Paajanen

    Mauno Paajanen
    Psyko - Kaikki levytykset 1977-1980 (2-CD)
    Rocket Records
    24 Oct 2007

    Poste Restante (Titan 1978)
    01. Kasikympin lätkä
    02. Yamaha ja Havanna
    03. Siirry vähän James
    04. Kadun väärällä puolella
    05. He veivät lapset pois
    06. Kaikki kulkee niin hiljaa
    07. Poste restante
    08. Aito suomalainen ranskatar
    09. Patakuningatar
    10. Bonnie & Clyde
    11. Tyttö pieni (pelkäätkö mua?)
    12. Haavelintu

    Psyko (Silver Blue 1979)
    01. Omena
    02. Missä Liisa on?
    03. Mrs. Brook
    04. Yksin
    05. Kundi meikkaa
    06. Claudia Cardinale
    07. Billyn lähtö
    08. Nauruihminen
    09. Puuttuva rengas
    10. Alfa, Romeo
    11. Anne
    12. Vain tuskaako tein?
    13. Omena
    'Yläkerran psyko' 7" (JP-Musiikki 1980)
    14. Yläkerran psyko
    15. Hait tyttöjä syö
    Unreleased tracks (1980)
    16. Fahrenheit 451
    17. Sähköinen soturi
    18. Avoin ovi

    Mauno Paajanen (b. 1960), also known as Twiggy Oliver, is a Finnish artist known as the writer of the song 'Kundi meikkaa' ("A guy makes up") that was later famously covered by the synthpop act Organ (who will have their comeback gig at Avanto 2007 Festival). Now Tampere's Rocket Records has released a 30-track retrospective 2-CD of Paajanen, called Psyko - Kaikki levytykset 1977-1980, which includes in their entirety Paajanen's LPs Poste Restante (1978) and Psyko (1979), also the single 'Yläkerran Psyko' ("Upstairs psycho") and some previously unreleased tracks from 1979-80. Furthermore, Rocket Records is going to release the CD I Can't Sleep In Hell (ROK-005, late '07) of Paajanen/Twiggy Oliver's other project provocatively named The Voice of Mengele, who finished this debut LP of theirs in summer 1987, though the album was eventually shelved except for one promo single from it. Alongside Paajanen, the band's line-up featured among all Antti Reini, Jesu Hämäläinen, Måns Kullman, Ilkka Rantamäki, Frej Stenfors and Vesa Häkli. Also a Twiggy Oliver solo album is promised by Rocket Records for 2008.

    Finnish Wikipedia tells that Paajanen's recording career was started in 1976 when as a member of a band called Claudie three of their tracks were released on a various artists compilation Fireball. In 1977 Paajanen released his first solo single, '80 lätkä'/'Poste Restante', and his debut album Poste Restante was to follow on the Fonovox sublabel Titan in 1978. Paajanen's second album, the 1979 Psyko for Silver Blue label, gained a cult reputation, having 'Kundi meikkaa' as one of its tracks. 1980 saw the single 'Yläkerran psyko'/'Hait tyttöjä syö' ("Sharks eat girls") which received little attention, so it took years before Mauno Paajanen would record under his own name again. In 1986 Kaktus label released a compilation record Aito suomalainen ranskatar ("A genuine Finnish Frenchwoman") featuring tracks from his two albums and the 7" track 'Hait tyttöjä syö'. There were also some promo singles in 2003 and 2005, respectively called 'Musta kuu'("Black moon") and 'Sokea mies ruusun toi' ("A blind man brought a rose"). Paajanen has penned songs for such Finnish artists as Tulip, Maria Hänninen, Tarja Merivirta, Esa Saarinen (better known as a philosopher and celebrity), Frederik, Outi Popp and Tin Janine.

    Mauno Paajanen's other incarnation as Twiggy Oliver represented Finnish new wave/New Romantic synth pop of the early 80s, releasing on Q label the singles 'Play With Fire' ('81) and 'Pick Up Girls' ('82), and being featured on the 1983 compilation The Art of Breeding (tracklist at pHinnWeb Early Years: Synthpop).

    Update: I just purchased this 2-CD, and musically it's Suomirock-style guitar pop with some occasional electronic flavour (Moog synth) on Psyko; Poste Restante also features some well-known studio musicians and even occasional string arrangements. Paajanen's vocals and lyrical approach (with tragicomic, bittersweet and even morbid song subjects combining dark romance and everyday kitchen sink realism, often described with a certain charming naivistic style) make me think of such names as the late Gösta Sundqvist of Leevi and the Leevings, Kari Peitsamo (and Peitsamo's "son"/musical heir apparent, Risto) or even Kauko Röyhkä. David Bowie influences are apparent all the way through, though Paajanen clearly developed an original style, which came into fruition on Psyko. Perhaps Finnish audiences of the day weren't exactly ready for Paajanen's twisted vision, so here's hoping this release will find the artist vindicated.


  • Mauno Paajanen @ MySpace
  • 'Kundi meikkaa' & other Paajanen tracks @ Rocket Records MySpace site

    Links (in Finnish):

  • Mauno Paajanen thread @ Pop-lehti
  • The Voice of Mengele album info @ Rocket Records MySpace site
  • Mauno Paajanen @ YLE Äänilevystö
  • Mauno Paajanen @ Finnish Wikipedia
  • The Voice of Mengele @ Finnish Wikipedia

    Bonus Video:

    Bela Lugosi club @ YLE Elävä Arkisto
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    "Only Neurotics Will Survive The Future..."

    "It is now obvious that only neurotics will survive the future. Only fragmented personalities will be able to withstand the fragmented world produced by our over-sophisticated technology. What we consider today as pathological thoughts and behaviours are actually evolutionary advances that allow people to cope with urban alienation and its barrage of movie/video icons, computerised surveillance systems and nuclear threats. In place of raw emotion and instinct, we are increasingly compelled to cultivate a repertoire of artificial responses, amending the noble savage with a neurasthenic itinerary that consists of obsession, introversion and paranoia."

    - Joseph Lanz at RE/Search #8/9: J. G. Ballard (RE/Search Publications, 1984)

    Monday, October 22, 2007

    Fonal Night, 19 October 2007

    Islaja: 'Rohkaisulaulu'

    I checked out the theme night of Fonal Records at the Lost In Music festival of Yo-Talo on Friday. I haven't heard the latest releases of Islaja (a.k.a. Merja Kokkonen) but even some Stooges-like moments and some machine rhythms were heard now. This time the set of Kemialliset Ystävät [about whose manSEDANse set and the rest of the festival some weeks ago I would still like to get something together for this blog before too long - the procrastinating pH.] consisted of some sort of tribal blues sound, and on the black & white background video the boys were seen running around in the woods, looking like it was part of some sort of live role-playing ritual? Eleanoora Rosenholm (who will release their album on Fonal soon) I had never heard before. Their live sound paradoxically made me describe it as "lounge meets 70s Eurovision pop with some progrock flavour", so it will be interesting to hear what this will sound like on record. One song surprisingly made me think of Regina and their chanteuse Iisa Pajula. I think Eleanoora Rosenholm does hold some potential, and the audience seemed eventually to warm up to the songs, even though being unfamiliar with them. Some extra delights for a friend of old analogue electronics like me were spared to the end of the night when after around 2:30 am Shogun Kunitoki entered the stage with their arsenal of vintage keyboards. Playing an intense set, perhaps in the style of the late 60s proto-electronic veterans like Silver Apples and Lothar and the Hand People, I just had to watch it to the end, even though I was already starting to feel extremely drowsy at this late hour. A nice night, all in all.

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    Käytöskukka (1966-67)

    Käytöskukka #1 - Ylpeys ("Pride")

    Käytöskukka #2 - Rohkeus ("Courage")

    Käytöskukka #3 - Huomaavaisuus ("Consideration")

    Käytöskukka #4 - Ahneus ("Greed")

    Käytöskukka #5 - Laiskuus ("Sloth")

    Käytöskukka #6 - Kateus ("Envy")

    Käytöskukka #7 - Sinisilmäisyys ("Gullibility")

    Käytöskukka #8 - Turhamaisuus ("Vanity")

    Käytöskukka #9 - Murjotus ("A Sulk")

    [Other episodes -- #10: Kiire ("A Hurry"), #11: Apua ("Help!"), #12: Ystävyys ("Friendship"), #13: Persoonallisuus ("Personality").]

    Käytöskukka ("Behaviour Blossom") was a Finnish 13-part series of didactic short animations made with cutout technique; created by Heikki Partanen (1942-1990) in 1966 and 1967, intending to teach good manners to children. The series, which was like "Seven Deadly Sins for Infants", had every episode starring a domestic piglet called Hinku and a wild piglet called Vinku, encountering such surreal creatures as the angry Suursyömäri (might be translated as "Gargantuan Eater") who devours everything coming its way, and other characters behaving, for example, in a lazy or vain way but learning some valuable lesson in each episode's end. South Park this was not. And the theme music is a classic, too!

  • Käytöskukka @ Finnish Wikipedia
  • Käytöskukka @ Suomen Elokuvakontakti
  • Heikki Partanen filmography @ Elonet
  • Heikki Partanen filmography @ IMDB
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    Consumer Electronics (UK) Replacing Whitehouse

    Philip Best

    Consumer Electronics (UK)
    Mika Vainio (FIN)


    @ Tavastia (Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, Helsinki)
    28 October 2007
    doors open 20:00 hours
    tickets 15 euros

    Organised by Charm of Sound


    A change of schedule to the Whitehouse gig in Helsinki announced earlier on:

    Philip Best's (Whitehouse) solo project Consumer Electronics will replace Whitehouse because William Bennett is recovering from an injury, as announced on Bennett's blog.


    Tavastialla 28.10. tapahtuvan Äänen Lumon konsertin ohjelmassa on tapahtunut muutos. Whitehousen esiintyminen on peruuntunut yhtyeen William Bennettin loukkaantumisen vuoksi. Pan Sonicista tutun Mika Vainion lisäksi tapahtumassa esiintyy Whitehousen toisen osapuolen, Philip Bestin pitkäaikainen sooloprojekti Consumer Electronics.

    Philip Bestin 80-luvun alussa teini-ikäisenä perustama Consumer Electronics on toisen sukupolven brittiläisen industrialin keskeisiä ja rujoimpia alullepanijoita. Samoista vuosista lähtien Whitehousessa vaikuttanut Best on musiikkihankkeidensa ohella toiminut myös keskeisenä ideologina legendaaristen ja uraauurtavien Iphar- ja Broken Flag-kasettimerkkien taustalla. Sittemmin kirjallisuuden tohtoriksi
    itsensä lukenut Best on viime vuosina vienyt ilmaisuaan hienovaraisempaan suuntaan menettämättä terävää intensiteettiään ja vinoa huumoriaan.

    Mika Vainio on tunnetuimpia ja arvostetuimpia suomalaisia elektronisen musiikin tekijöitä maailmalla. Erityisesti Pan Sonic -yhtyeestä tuttu Vainio on vaikuttanut ja esiintynyt käytännössä koko aktiiviuransa pääasiassa Suomen rajojen ulkopuolella. Ensimmäiset julkaisunsa 90-luvun alussa tehneen Vainion soolotuontanto on laaja ja ulottuu tyylillisesti vähäeleisistä, kuulaan sähköisistä tunnelmista karuun houseen ja puhtaaseen noiseen, ja hänen musiikilliset linjauksensa vaikuttivat keskeisesti lengendaarisen Sähkö Recordingsin alkutaipaleen suuntaan. Harvoin Suomessa esiintymässä nähty Vainio on tehnyt yhteistyötä lukuisten alan huippunimien kanssa, muun muassa remiksannut Björkin tuotantoa.

    Tavastia 28.10. klo 20:00, liput 15 e

    Consumer Electronics (UK)
    Mika Vainio


    Tavastian konsertin kanssa samana viikonloppuna Äänen Lumo järjestää Helsingin Vanhalla ylioppilastalolla 27.10. islantilaisen Adapter-yhtyeen konsertin, missä kuullaan Morton Feldmanin musiikkia. Konsertti alkaa kello 15:00 ja liput maksavat 15 euroa.

    Äänen Lumon syksyyn kuuluu myös pohjoismaiden suurimman kokeellisen elokuvan ja musiikin festivaalin Avannon perjatai-illan klubin tuottaminen. Kuudennassa linjassa 16.11. pidettävässä tilaisuudessa todistetaan Organin, suomalaisen futupopin legendan, comeback-keikka, japanilaisen noisen huippunimen Pain Jerkin värikästä sähkömyrskyä, Tapen syksyisen orgaanista instrumentaalimusiikkia ja Petri Kuljuntaustan avaruusäänisinfoniaa.

    Äänen Lumo

    Monday, October 15, 2007

    Whitehouse (UK) & Mika Vainio @ Tavastia, Helsinki - CANCELLED


    Mika Vainio talks to Brainwashed, part 1 (of 3)
    Part 2 (of 3)
    Part 3 (of 3)

    NOTE: Whitehouse has cancelled, the solo project Consumer Electronics of the other Whitehouse member, Philip Best, replacing Whitehouse. Mika Vainio will perform as announced earlier on. More info here.

    Whitehouse (UK)
    Mika Vainio (FIN)


    @ Tavastia (Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, Helsinki)
    28 October 2007
    doors open 20:00 hours
    tickets 15 euros

    Organised by Charm of Sound


    Press info from Charm of Sound:

    Whitehouse ja Mika Vainio Helsingissä

    Yksi kokeellisen elektronimusiikin keskeisimmistä pioneeriyhtyeistä, englantilainen Whitehouse saapuu ensimmäistä kertaa Suomeen. Tavastialla 28.10. pidettävässä konsertissa esiintyy myös Pan Sonic-yhtyeestä tuttu, harvakseltaan Suomessa esiintymässä nähty Mika Vainio.

    Vuonna 1980 perustettu brittiläinen Whitehouse on kokeellisen elektronisen musiikin keskeisiä pioneereja. Alunperin ensimmäisen aallon industrialista (kuten Throbbing Gristle) ja punk-nihilismistä vaikutteensa ammentanut Whitehouse halusi viedä musiikkinsa lisäksi myös kappaleidensa teemat edeltäjiään pidemmälle. Yhtyeen varhaisvuosien alkukantainen ja -voimainen halpissyntetisaattorien ruudittama musiikki on kehittynyt hienovaraisemmaksi ja monipuolisemmaksi menettämättä piiruakaan intensiteetistään. Kesällä 2007 julkaistu tuorein albumi Racket on kerännyt laajalti innostunutta huomiota erityisesti primitiivisten lyömäsoitinten käytön ansiosta. Osoituksena kulttisuosiota laajemmasta huomiosta on yhtyeelle vuonna 2003 myönnetty elektronisen musiikin yksi tärkeimmistä palkinnoista, Ars Electronica -kunniamaininta albumille Bird Seed. Vuosien mittaan yleisöään (ja muitakin) provosoinutta ja hämmentänyttä yhtyettä on syytetty mm. sarjamurhaajien, kidutuksen, fasismin, misogynian ja seksuaalisen väkivallan kritiikittömästä ihannoinnista, mutta yhtye itse on sanoutunut jyrkästi irti poliittisuudesta ja käsitellyt aiheitaan huomattavasti pintaraapaisua hienovaraisemmin.

    Mika Vainio on tunnetuimpia ja arvostetuimpia suomalaisia elektronisen musiikin tekijöitä maailmalla. Erityisesti Pan Sonic -yhtyeestä tuttu Vainio on vaikuttanut ja esiintynyt käytännössä koko aktiiviuransa pääasiassa Suomen rajojen ulkopuolella. Ensimmäiset julkaisunsa 90-luvun alussa tehneen Vainion soolotuontanto on laaja ja ulottuu tyylillisesti vähäeleisistä, kuulaan sähköisistä tunnelmista karuun houseen ja puhtaaseen noiseen, ja hänen musiikilliset linjauksensa vaikuttivat keskeisesti lengendaarisen Sähkö Recordingsin alkutaipaleen suuntaan. Harvoin Suomessa esiintymässä nähty Vainio on tehnyt yhteistyötä lukuisten alan huippunimien kanssa, muun muassa remiksannut Björkin tuotantoa.

    V/A: Moody Electronic Stuff (Sirius Stuff Records)

    [forwarded message]


    - Comprehensive Electronic Atmosphere
    - Big Beat / Disco / Techno / Downbeat / Chill Out
    - Like "Moby / Prodigy / Depeche Mode / Air"
    - Finnish Music For International Taste & International Music For Finnish Taste


    Moody Electronic Stuff album includes 12 different kind of electronic songs and artists. The album's atmosphere is based on somewhere between melancholy longing and powerful angst and it offers experiences almost for everybody... Just as much for a few electronic underground music-lovers as for millions of mainstream radio and music chart listeners.

    Moody Electronic Stuff album's national releasing time in Finland is the 9th of November 2007 but you may order the album even now if you like. Just send a message to Introductory discount is only 15€ (including taxes and posting). Sirius Stuff Records is waiting for your call. Thank you.

    Jani Jokinen / Sirius Stuff Records


    01 - Winter Morning by Planeth
    02 - Allright by Trilobiitti
    03 - Never Come Down by Deep Impulse
    04 - Hongkongking by Deadmanshand
    05 - Music In U by Dj Tempo
    06 - Wild Ocean by Chillkix
    07 - New Breed by Machine Dominatrix
    08 - Froggy Weather by Zerone
    09 - Sixshooter by Moosefrog
    10 - Enlightenment of Gaia by Ayahuasca
    11 - Something Revolving by Universum Nationalist
    12 - See You by Sirius Stuff


    1. Planeth (TAMPERE / PINSIÖ)

    2. Trilobiitti (KAJAANI)

    3. Deep Impulse (LEMPÄÄLÄ / TAMPERE)

    4) Deadmanshand (KUOPIO)


    6) Chillkix (VAASA)

    7) Machine Dominatrix (TAMPERE)

    8) Zerone (ANJALANKOSKI)

    9) Moosefrog (HELSINKI)

    10) Ayahuasca (JYVÄSKYLÄ)

    11) Universum Nationalist (TAMPERE)

    12) Sirius Stuff (TAMPERE)

    Friday, October 12, 2007

    Joining Facebook

    Do you have Facebook?

    Some time ago I received a mail from a friend who wanted to have me as his Facebook friend. As one proof Finland still remains a monoculture, local media also tends to have a sort of monomania as to what they write about and consider newsworthy at a given time. Whenever a new trend arises, Fenno-Ugric media lemmings immediately hop on the bandwagon, and for a month or two one rarely hears about anything else, when every journo worth their salt wants to give their in-depth analysis (or less than that) on what this shiny new and (supposedly) revolutionary whatchamacallit is all about! Of course, this is how media works all over the globe, but the small population of Finland (5 millions) also means the sandbox is somehow far more limited and it's harder to escape if one does not want that sand to one's eyes.

    As you have gathered by now, the inescapable trend Finnish wheelers and dealers of media have been obsessing about has been this Facebook thing, one of these "social networks", founded in 2004 by an American college student called Mark Zuckerberg, where one can share with the rest of the world all sorts of important and essential facts such as what one watches on the telly and whether one is a pathetic, miserable loser with no friends, no spouse, no job, no education and no money or a super-social and sexually successful mega-networker with a formidable CV, nice annual income and naturally tons of cool friends (however a "friend" is defined), especially those with a heavy name-dropping value.

    Now, I already have registered myself to Yahoo, Blogspot, MySpace, YouTube, Last.FM and Flickr (not to talk about countless mailing lists and forums I may or may not follow actively), so after all this (and having to consider also the fact I still have limited daily hours for my Net activities) I'm wondering how can I have time and energy for all this networking. Not to talk about maintaining and updating the pHinnWeb site, blog and mailing list, and keeping up my daily e-mail correspondence and constantly answering people's inquiries from all over the world about this thing or that. All these newspaper and magazine articles have been prone to emphasize the fact that people have been known to spend (or waste, however you see it) hours and hours daily at Facebook so, really, that's the last thing I need now! And as said, do I really want the rest of the world to know about my humble person anything more than is necessary; always wishing people to rather judge me by my, erm, work (or whatever you can call all this dabbling with music & culcha) than whether my face is pretty or if I have a great ability to whisper sweet nothings to their ears at a cocktail party or not.

    So, I kind of had already sworn I wouldn't add any more of these "social networks" to my already considerable burden of obligations (hah!), but what do you know. Though I didn't want to be a nasty asocial curmudgeon (any more) and do a disservice to this mentioned friend of mine, so as a courtesy (and always being a curious cat and a sucker), I registered at Facebook and accepted his request. So, all you pHinn fans (and haters) can now find me there as "Phinn Kompleksi" (this Facebook member system apparently doesn't allow one to spell "pHinn" correctly). On hearing about my registration, one friend suggested I might next like to join Irc-Galleria, too (a popular Finnish social network favoured by teenagers) -- uhh, touché!

    About the myriad ways Facebook has enrichened my life so far: already I have been turned into a vampire and been sent all sorts of invitations, e.g. to join some TV trivia quiz or to compare movie tastes, or to clubs in other towns that I can't possibly attend. And now people also can add all my known nicknames to my profile. Though I haven't sent or been sent any "gifts" (obviously a virtual counterpart to that little tinsel you can find from chocolate Easter eggs) or haven't been "poking" anyone, either, to avoid any possible embarrassing misunderstandings and accusations of sexual harassment. How long will it take before the ecstasy of communication will turn to panic? Well, I adopted a policy of not taking anything here too seriously, as long as there's an "Ignore" button available to any of these offerings. It would be interesting to know how much of the "New Communality" of this much-touted Web 2.0" actually consists of just new technology-enabled ways to talk crap with your friends and waste time (and precious working hours) on trivial activities that were not possible before.

    Talking of the related issues of privacy and Facebook, Juri sent me the YouTube link above. Well, I guess I have to take the risk, then. Besides, if CIA and all these intelligence [sic] organisations want to gather indiscriminating information on someone, aren't there already a million and one other places where to get the dirt if they really need it? Living in the age of information, we have already lost the game of retaining a total control over the life-long data that's in distribution about us, and potentially accessible to anyone with necessary means who just wants to grab it. Perhaps I see fatalism as a better option than paranoia, but we become vulnerable as soon as we are born, become members of society's networks, both formal and informal, and all sorts of personal files (health, education, work, financial) on us are beginning unavoidably to find their way to the system. Not to talk about our own involvement in all sorts of social activities leaving a record somewhere. And as for spreading personal info about oneself to these networks, I suppose it's always a conscious choice. After all, we are all social animals aware of our own self-worth, being unique and with the urge of being recognised by others (there's both narcissism healthy and unhealthy, and in some cases just a fine line separating both).

    Well, gladly there's also now Arsebook as an anti-social alternative!

    Thursday, October 11, 2007

    Kompleksi Video @ The Foundry, London

    Kompleksi's 'Sara Pain' video, directed by Tina Ulevik/Spul Films (Australia) will be shown in London on Saturday 27 October 2007 at an event called (at The Foundry club), celebrating the release of We Sing For The Future, a new album of Walter & Sabrina on UK's Danny Dark Records.

    Walter Cardew of Walter & Sabrina and Danny Dark Records tells of the event: "We are going to have a showing of some of our films in a club in London called The Foundry on the 27th of October. It is part of a night called which is organised by a couple of guys who are very interested in all kinds of contemporary music. They will be dj-ing upstairs and in a fair size room downstairs we are going to show a couple of our films. There's normally a good crowd of people there; the club is right in the middle of the Old Street area which is very arty/groovy kind of place".

    Saturday 27th October 2007: We Sing For The Future Launch event.

    Downstairs at the Foundry in London as part of Danny Dark Records will present films by Sabrina (Walter & Sabrina) and Kompleksi/Spul Films. Also live music from Stefano Tedesco's SOLARIS and SKITANJA.
    9-12pm; Admission Free.

    The Foundry, 86 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL, UK. Links:


    PS. The Wire magazine has some Walter & Sabrina artwork at: And one of their videos at:
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2007

    "Arenas For Experimental Music In Finland"

    "There are more events for experimental music in Finland than ever before. The majority of clubs are in Helsinki, but there is an active scene in other major cities too. Despite facing financial hardship, the organizers are contagiously enthusiastic."

    "Arenas For Experimental Music In Finland", an interesting article by Juuso Paaso and Taneli Tuominen can be found at Finnish Music Quartely #3/2007:

    The same issue also features "Experimental Music In Finland Enjoying A Renaissance?" by Tanja Uimonen, providing more info about the history of experimental sound and scene in this country, and an interview with Jukka Tiensuu, a Finnish avantgarde composer.

  • FinnScene: The Prehistory @ pHinnWeb
  • Avanto Festival 2007

    Helsinki's Avanto Festival's schedule for this year has been published. Maybe one of the most interesting gigs there from pHinnWeb's point of view is the comeback of Organ, Finnish synthpop pioneers 25 years ago.

    Organ was born when Pekka Tolonen and Seppo Parkkinen's electronic duo Argon — which had already released one of the milestones of Finnish electronic music, Kone kertoo (1981) — was joined by prog-rock bass player Tapani Lahtinen, and Mikko Saarela, previously known as the witty lyricist of popular punk/new wave band Eppu Normaali. In addition to off-the-shelf synthesisers, an important part of their instrumentation was an analogue drum machine called "Zyrgo", built by Tolonen. The year 1982 saw the release of their only album Nekrofiilis (Poko), which is, in retrospect, perhaps the best representative of the short-lived "Futu"(as synthesiser pop was called in Finland at the time) craze. The songs heard on the album were rehearsed in the electronic music studio at the University of Helsinki. The album contains a paean to Regina Linnanheimo, one the most glamorous Finnish film stars from the 1940s; in other songs, Saarela's socially committed lyrics examine topics such as vivisection and aid to developing countries as well as anti-war themes. Parkkinen was also one of the lyricists of their album. Unfortunately, the career of Organ was cut short by the waning of the Futu boom. Representatives of later generations of electronic music have, however, found Organ's music again, and their comeback performance is likely to receive the attention it deserves.

    Organ @ Avanto/Äänen Lumo Club in Kuudes linja on Friday, 16 November from 9 pm to 4 am


    Avanto Festival 2007
    16-18 November 2007
    various venues, Helsinki

    INTERNATIONAL FREE CINEMA (@ Kiasma & Orion 16.–18.11.):


    ÄÄNEN LUMO (@ Kuudes linja 16.11. 21-04):

    TAPE (SE)
    ORGAN (FI)

    POTLACH (@ Gloria 17.11. 21-03):


    Friday, October 05, 2007

    The Wire Fourth Season Starts In Finland

    The Wire: opening credits and an excerpt from an episode

    The Wire, often called the best cop show of all time, starts its fourth season in Finland (6 October 2007, on MTV3, 1:10 am). But why the show is hidden here to a wolf's hour slot in the middle of night in between Saturday and Sunday is totally beyond me.

    Thursday, October 04, 2007

    Porno Tampere Series: Socialist Realism

    [large image]

    "Porno Tampere Series: Socialist Realism" [3 October 2007]

    © pHinn 2007

    [pHinnMilk Comics] (not for children)

    Monday, October 01, 2007

    Friday, September 28, 2007

    Kohinatuotanto @ MySpace

    Mike Not's (Noise Production, Kompleksi) IDM/experimental/electro project Kohinatuotanto has now a MySpace site where you can listen to some of his tracks:

    See also Noise Production's MySpace sites:

  • Noise Production (industrial/gothic)
  • Noise Production (techno/electro)


  • Kohinatuotanto's 2002 album for pHinnMilk
  • Finlando - Suomalaisen Diskomusiikin Helmiä 1980-1985 (12")

    Artist: Various
    Title: Finlando - Suomalaisen Diskomusiikin Helmiä 1980-1985 (12")
    Cat.No: FOD 002
    Label: Freak Out Disko
    Date: 3 August 2007

    Tracks [originals in square brackets]:

    A1. Vaaleaverikkö: Haluun Olla Rakkaas (3:12) [La Bionda - 'I Wanna Be Your Lover']
    A2. Liskot: Liekeis (4:10)
    A3. Pesäharava: Futupää (5:30) [Den Harrow - 'Future brain']
    B1. Tuotekuva: Rakastatsä? (6:13) [Brand Image - 'Are You Loving?']
    B2. Folke West 190: Romani (6:02) [Fockewulf 190 - 'Gitano']

    Some Italodisco classics translated to Finnish...

  • More info & samples @ Clone
  • Entry @ Discogs

    [Via KynyNasty again. Kiitos & anteeks.]
  • Thursday, September 27, 2007

    Veikko Ennala

    Miltei kohdusta hautaan minua seurasivat kalvava alemmuuden ja kyvyttömyyden tunne, kaiken ja kaikkien epäily, raskasmielisyys, tuska- ja paniikkitilat ilman silmin näkyvää syytä ja epätoivoinen kurottelu rehellisyyteen. Kirjoitin ymmärtääkseni miten asiat olivat enkä miten niiden olisi pitänyt olla. Tämän takia minulla ei juuri ollut ystäviä.

    ("Almost from womb to tomb I was followed by the nagging feelings of inferiority and impotence, doubts of everything and everyone, heavy melancholy, states of pain and panic without any visible reason and the desperate reaching out for honesty. I wrote to understand how things were and not how they should have been. Because of this I had few friends.")

    - Veikko Ennala in his self-penned obituary, 1991

    Veikko Ennala (1922-1991) was the enfant terrible of Finnish journalism, whose specialty was stirring controversy with magazine articles and columns penned by him, often of autobiographical content; breaking all possible taboos concerning sex, death, suicide, religion, alcoholism and substance abuse, crime and the general social conditions of those living on the wrong side of the tracks. Now a long-time Ennala aficionado Tommi Liimatta (of the band Absoluuttinen Nollapiste fame and a writer in his own right) has collected from the late journalist's writings this anthology, spanning nearly half a century, called Lasteni isä on veljeni ja muita lehtikirjoituksia ("The father of my children is my brother and other magazine writings").

    The 1960s was a remarkable turning point when over 300.000 Finns emigrated to Sweden after a better living, and even inside Finland population moved from countryside to its large towns as the country which had been up until now predominantly agrarian rapidly turned towards industrialisation. This served to emphasize all sorts of social frictions which became all the more visible now when the newly settled dwellers of towns often faced -- instead of the economical Eldorado with better living standards that they had been expecting -- urban alienation which replaced the cosy rural way of life they had been earlier on accustomed to: where the bonds between families, relatives and neighbours had been tight, and life went on relatively unchanged from one generation to another. In fact, the whole Finland had been up to the 60s one large village with strict and homogenous ways of thinking; the combination of Evangelical Lutheran religion and Fennomanic patriotism providing the tight moral framework for all citizens, from which any diversion was heavily frowned upon.

    So, all this suddenly changed in the 60s; not to talk about the onslaught brought on by TV, media and all kinds of new cultural and social values. In the 1966 Parliamentary Election, the Left (Social Democrats and Communists) received a landslide victory and the Conservatives found themselves in the opposition (which lasted all the way to 1987). The young intelligentsia found themselves radicalised, which was reflected in all domestic cultural life. The overall global tumult of the decade has been well documented elsewhere, so suffice it to say that Finland wasn't left unaffected, though the era's socio-sexual-cultural revolution came to this country at least slightly delayed, filtered and customised to the local mentalities. However, this all was reflected by Finland's most sensationalist magazine, called Hymy ("Smile"), which was established already in 1959 by a budding publisher mogul and Hemingway-wannabe Urpo Lahtinen (1931-1994) and named after his then-wife, Hymy Lahtinen. It took over half a decade for Hymy magazine to gain momentum and reach its full throttle, but when Veikko Ennala -- who had already gained some journalistic notoriety -- joined its ranks in 1965, the time was ripe to shake things up in tepid Finnish culture.

    By no means was Ennala alone responsible for Hymy's subsequent rapid ascent -- which reached its apex with the December 1968 issue, the total edition of 520.000 which was sold out, becoming the best-selling Finnish magazine of all time -- but he became to personify the magazine's journalistic agenda, which consisted of a combination of "human interest stories", accounts of all kinds of social and political injustices, celebrity interviews and naturally gossips, sensations and scandals. All sorts of illicit sex or unusual sexual behaviour, homosexuality (which those days was still a criminal offence) and perversions were in the special spotlight, often analysed in a pseudo-scientific way, and all articles naturally accompanied by revealing photographs, so that by the 70s Hymy could well be called a soft porn magazine, though one browsed through by all family, either in public or more or less in shameful secrecy.

    Accounts of both physical and mental illnesses and their countless appearances filled the pages of Hymy. Crime and the asocial lives of alcoholics, drug users and addicts were covered; also the primitive and severe conditions under which inmates had to live in correctional institutes and the poor people in countryside. The abuses of religious revivalist movements were exposed, even though also paranormal phenomena and ghost stories had their place on the pages, when all things mystical enjoyed some new-found interest in the Aquarian climate of the 60s. In other words, nothing human (or inhuman) was alien to Hymy magazine; everything that whetted the imaginations of star-struck sensation seekers and potential Peeping Tom types was covered.

    Though America had "Gonzo" writers like Hunter S. Thompson and "New Journalism" represented by Tom Wolfe (in the style of his Stateside "counterpart", Ennala also liked to dress dandy-like; like Wolfe, favouring posh white suits), perhaps somehow distantly related to Ennala's style, it's hard to imagine that a character like Veikko Ennala would have been produced by any other culture, with that specific Finnish combination of Arctic hysteria, melancholia, mania and depression finding all their expressions in his work full of angst and lust. The workaholic Ennala estimated that as a writer he had produced approximately 30.000 - 50.000 sheets of A4 size during his life. Despite that, he was also a stylistic perfectionist, who advised that every text has to be written over at least for six times. His style is peppered all over with literary and poetry quotes; apparently the cultured Ennala was not exactly one of your typical gutter press hacks, and might as well have taken a successful career in "fine literature" (he actually also published some novels and short stories), but why he chose scandal press instead, must have been a question of some very complicated circumstances and perhaps just a personal tendency as a social misfit to go against the grain.

    Admittedly, Ennala's style can be at times corny and downright soppy when he attempts with poetic turns of phrase to paint a picture of the hard fates of his long-suffering subjects but only ends up with voyeuristic saccharine melodrama, which makes him look look a pretentious hypocrite, albeit one who knows his world literature; just like "Olli Meri", a caricature of Ennala the late film director Risto Jarva depicted in his 1972 Kun taivas putoaa ("When the Heavens Fall..."), a tragicomical satire of yellow press, especially based on Hymy magazine.

    The Ennala articles in this book are collected not only from the pages Hymy but also men's magazines published under the umbrella of Lehtimiehet, Urpo Lahtinen's company, such as Nyrkkiposti, VIP, Ratto, Jallu and Kalle. From the 1950s are Ennala's articles for Apu magazine where he worked with another legend of Finnish journalism, Matti Jämsä (1929-1988), known for his daring death-defying escapades which he reported for the magazine. (Ennala got kicked out of Apu after a scandal of getting sexually involved with a 15-year old girl.) The earliest Ennala stories are from the 1940s when he worked during the Continuation War as an official war correspondent for the Information Department of the Headquarters. However, Ennala's ambitions to become the next great war writer à la Erich Maria Remarque were hindered by the censorship of high brass, who were annoyed by the realism of Ennala's combat report, unworthy as any spirit-raising propaganda, for the esteemed Suomen Kuvalehti magazine. Famous writer Olavi Paavolainen, Ennala's superior officer at the Information Dept., called young Ennala his "literarily gifted problem child". After the war Ennala also had his own column at the local newspaper of Valkeakoski, writing as "Veli-Pekka". His last articles Ennala wrote in the 80s and just before his death in 1991 for the crime magazine Alibi.

    The texts here are not in chronological order but the editor Liimatta has arranged them into such thematic categories as Ennala's life, reportages, religion and church, sexuality, little man and society, alcohol and drugs, prisons and mental health, paranormal and mysticism, celebrities, columns by Veli-Pekka for Valkeakosken Sanomat, and more Ennala's life.

    Some examples of Veikko Ennala's texts found from the pages of this book:

    Ennala reported in sardonic tones a characteristically bacchanalic Midsummer celebration on the Yyteri Beach near the town of Pori, known for its seaside dunes and camping site. Finnish youth drunk out of their minds, I witnessed this same Midsummer inferno of Yyteri myself decades after Ennala, to notice Finns still stick to their beloved paganistic Juhannus traditions of drinking, fighting, knifing each other and drowning.

    Ennala was supposed to test some LSD and write a story, but gladly his editor prevented this, being aware of the writer's tendency to heavy melancholy and depression. Instead, a young graphic artist of Hymy took the substance, Ennala and the editor monitoring the proceedings and the former writing a story, not forgetting to duly repeat the LSD horror stories the late-60s media was full of.

    Ennala was constantly annoyed by his reputation as a lecherous old man, an "emperor of porn", for which his children got bullied at school, but only added petrol himself to the flames with his articles such as "How To Seduce A Woman", and his infamous condom test for which he announced for a female willing to do the test with him (and found one). However, among tons of angry letters, Ennala also received from the more liberal-minded readers praise for his candid articles about sexuality and willingness to write about some of those subject matters which had been so far taboo in the puritanist Finnish culture.

    There is something of a reckless exhibitionism about the way Ennala opened to all people through his writings his personal life, drunken binges with their violent hangovers, problems with his health and marriage, though all accounts were spiced with loads of sardonic self-irony and morbid humour. There's a detailed report of his ulcers for which he was hospitalised in 1974, the surgical operation that followed and his convalescence; also his later -- and terminal -- lung cancer was duly reported by Ennala. It's always embarrassing to follow people who wash their dirty laundry in public, and Ennala -- the indisputable master of this -- is no exception with "Death of My Marriage", his bitter Strindbergian account of the failure of his marriage and the reasons leading to it. (Subsequently, the ex-wife committed suicide some years later, Ennala also writing another infamous article not included in this collection.)

    One theme that followed Ennala all through his career was his constant preoccupation with all things concerning death, afterlife and the existence of God, which he pondered on and on, though considered a blasphemer by religious bigots who kept bombing the writer with letters he claimed were often surprisingly obscene: another proof to Ennala of these people's basic sexual frustrations. Despite being a thorn by the side of fanatics, revivalists and self-made "prophets" and their eschatological claims of the imminent apocalypse and such things as glossolalia ("speaking in tongues") which he openly ridiculed, Ennala was an iconoclast who kept thinking about spiritual matters thoroughly and endlessly, who couldn't exactly decide if he was a believer (of sorts), an agnostic or an atheist.

    Though it's not known if Ennala was familiar with the works of English visionary poet/artist William Blake, his own motto might well have been borrowed from Blake who wrote in his Proverbs of Hell that: "Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion". Veikko Ennala's attitudes about religion seem to stem from his childhood with his tyrannical teacher father (and occasional substitute priest) who regularly beat his wife and young Veikko into submission. (Somehow, these accounts make me think of those experiences depicted in his autobiographical Laterna Magica by film director Ingmar Bergman about his own strict priest father.) Veikko's religious faith was tried by father's cruel sadism and additionally, finding out about a "whoremonger priest" of his own parish, who had been found abusing young servant maids. Gladly father also had a vast library of world literature and Veikko nourished himself with the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Th. Hoffman (who also influenced Ennala's own short stories, the first of them published in a magazine when he was 11), Anatole France, André Gide, Alphons Daudet and Gustave Flaubert.

    The book is concluded by Ennala's self-penned obituary that was published in Alibi #11/1991. Despite his shortcomings, Ennala was a unique character in Finnish journalism, and his passing at the age of 68 feels now like him having left us just too early. Even though the appreciation he was looking for during his lifetime seems to have been mostly posthumous: as one proof this excellent book.