Ø (MIKA VAINIO) — ARC 1                            Ø (MIKA VAINIO) — ARC 1 Pamela MÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃéndez ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃâ Time (22 Feb 2019)Release date: 02 July 2019
Record Label: Sähkö Recordings
Duration:     33:30
1. Ambient City 1994 A   20:11
2. Ambient City 1994 B   13:19
✹     Arc 1’ is the first posthumous release of Mika Vainio’s solo material, taken from a large collection of his unreleased music. Cover drawing „One From Sacramental Meals“ by Leif Elggren. Sleeve by Tommi Grönlund. Limited vinyl, with download, 34 minutes long.
✹     This is the first release in Sähkö's archive series exploring unreleased works by Mika Vainio, focusing on completed works rather than unfinished fragments. ‘ARC 1’ is a fittingly contemplative opening artefact — preserving Mika’s patient, sensuous minimalism released under his solo moniker, Ø.
✹     Made up of two selections from an untitled recording Vainio did as Ø for the radio project Ambient City at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki in 1994, the 34 minute work can be considered a complete, singular work, and one of the purest in Vainio’s catalogue.
✹     Working at the threshold of perception in a way comparable with fellow minimalist masters such as Eliane Radigue or Kevin Drumm, ‘ARC 1’ follows a glacial transition from elemental subbass pulses through sustained, hovering drone before almost imperceptibly changing state half way, when a field of static disruption re~organises the piece’s atoms, only for the noise to recede and reveal a more complex timbral aurora, and a final tract of isolationist ambience flickering like northern lights.
B: https://boomkat.com/