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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) - Yokomono 03

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Staalplaat
Release Year: 2006
Note: white vinyl. one side w. 55 loops featuring BLIXA BARGELD, MERZBOW, KARKOWSKI, HATERS, MAIN, A. BORISOW; etc (each one 5 loops); other side tracks by MIKA VAINIO & PETRI KULJUNTAUSTA
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Neue Loops fr das STAALPLAAT SOUND SYSTEM (SSS) Projekt YOKOMONO mit imposantem Aufbau, wo rote japanische Spielzeugautos auf Vinyl kreisen und Sound erzeugen.....
White Vinyl. One side with 55 loops featuring BLIXA BARGELD, MERZBOW, KARKOWSKI, HATERS, MAIN, A. BORISOW, etc (each one 5 loops), other side tracks by MIKA VAINIO & PETRI KULJUNTAUSTA !

This is the third Staalplaat Soundsystem LP made for Yokomono in white Vinyl! One side of this record the Staalplaat Soundsystem has made 55 loopSSS 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 Vainios 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. Yokomono 03 will be pressed using an exotic method. The grooves holding the two compositions by Vainio and Kuljuntausta will be paralel 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 RenverseDans l'Herbe and Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg, with five loops from each featured artist and their own sound environments.
SSS's most popular piece has been, a series of performances entitled Yokomono, whose technical realisation is complex enough to warrant a lengthy elaboration. Its basic idea is to use a performance setup consisting of so many unpredictable technical components that it is, in practical terms, impossible to control the whole system. Avanto is now staging the premiere of the latest incarnation in the series, Yokomono 03. The yokomono are Japanese electronic toys, battery-powered miniature cars, with a record players needle on the underside and a small speaker inside. SSS employs a fleet of ten yokomono cars retrofitted with small FM radio transmitters inside them and with antennas on their roofs. The sounds transmitted by the tiny cars are received by ten battery radios in flaming red, like the cars. The vinyl records are placed on a table, and the miniature cars are set to drive in a circle on them. One of the uncertainty factors is that the cars are battery-powered: the batteries dont last for very long, and, eventually, the speed of the cars as well as the frequencies of the radio transmitters begin to fluctuate, resulting in the transmitters skipping from one frequency to another. Another factor is the shoddiness of the cars' cheap styluses; SSS calls them "vinyl killers". The confusion is confounded by the nature of the records the vinyl killers are playing. For DJ gigs like this. [press release]