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"This is the third Staalplaat Soundsystem LP made for Yokomono! One side of this record the Staalplaat Soundsystem has made 55 loop SSS decided to compile a thematic Yokomono vinyl release. The theme: Helsinki and its environmental sounds. The other half of Pan Sonic, Mika Vainio, a resident of Berlin like SSS, was commissioned to produce a seven-minute composition. Petri Kuljuntausta from Helsinki was, in turn, asked to provide a composition of an equal length responding to Vainio's piece. The sound material to be used for the compositions, field recordings from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s made at the Hietalahti shipyard in Helsinki, was discovered in the special effects archive of YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company. These sounds have a personal dimension for both composers: Vainio spent a part of his childhood living near the dockyard, while Kuljuntausta has used sounds recorded from inside ships' hulls as material for his earlier works.
will be pressed using an exotic method. The grooves holding the two compositions by Vainio and Kuljuntausta will be parallel cut. The other side of the record features the traditional loops of 1.8 seconds, commissioned from Blixa Bargeld, Merzbow, Main, Alexei Borisov, Donna Summer, G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, Andrey Kiritchenko, Zbigniew Karkowski, Staalplaat Soundsystem, Un Caddie Renversé Dans l'Herbe and Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg, with five loops from each featured artist and their own sound environments."
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