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MIKA VAINIO : Mannerlaatta

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  • Format: 3LP [IDEAL149LP]
  • Shipping Weight: 0.77kg
  • Label: Ideal

"Mannerlaatta ("Tectonic Plate") is Mika Vainio's soundtrack for a "74 minute Lettrist film made entirely without a camera" by Finnish film maker Mika Taanila; his third following their previous collaborations: 2002's A Physical Ring and 2015's Return Of The Atom (the soundtrack was released by Blast First Petite in 2016 as Atomin Paluu - PTYT 086CD/LP). The music was written very early on in the film's two-and-a-half year development, and subsequently held a strong sway over the rhythm of the film's editing and visual narration - which takes place as a series of black and white images made from photocopying various travel documents, which were later photographed onto 35mm reversal film in a darkroom, and overlaid with text by poet Harry Salmenniemi. As Vainio tends to use a set-up of a homebuilt kit, unchanged from his very earliest productions, each new release is effectively a subtle alteration/refinement of his brutalist but tactile process of creation. And, going by that timeline of events, we'd speculate that Mannerlaatta was conceived somewhere in the wake of his staggering Kilo (PTYT 076CD/LP, 2013) and the much sweeter Konstellaatio side as Ø, which is roughly where its aesthetics also lie. The 50 minute score breaks down to six sections, each exploring the full frequency spectrum of his patented, greyscale tonal palette, largely swerving a fixed rhythmic meter to occupy a weightless, out-of-reach mid-ground that seduces us headlong into his chasmic designs and best suits the black and white film imagery. Key to the recording's appeal - as with most Vainio gear - is that peripheral sense of spatial dynamic and his unpredictable manipulation of amplitude; whether dangling the listener over abyssal sub-bass dimensions, needling with icy prongs, or occasionally alleviating the tension with teasing pads which evaporate back into the æther as though they were never there, ultimately leaving the listener at rapt and at his mercy for the duration. Mastered by Denis Blackham; Cover design by Nullvoid."

A Öisin Pidän Magneetteja Vatsallani = At Night I Keep Magnets On My Stomach 11:03
B Aurinko Heijastuu Kentän Päätyyn = The Sun Is Reflected On The End Of The Airfield 10:53
C Voisin Olla Vanha Mies Huoltamon Pihassa = I Could Be An Old Man In Front Of A Service Station 8:36
D GK21 Jetstar Japan Departed 04h40mn = GK21 Jetstar Japan Departed 04h40mn 9:27
E Öisin Putoan Lakkaamatta = At Night I Fall Endlessly 9:15
F Muisto Palaa Selittämättömästi = A Memory Returning Inexplicably 13:37

Design [Cover Design] – Nullvoid
Lacquer Cut By – ‡*
Mastered By – Denis Blackham
Music By – Mika Vainio

Recorded in Berlin 2015.
Soundtrack of Mika Taanila's film Mannerlaatta (Tectonic plate).
Limited edition of 400 copies.

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