Ø ‎– Kantamoinen

Sähkö Recordings ‎– Sähkö-012CD, Sähkö Recordings ‎– Sähkö-020, Sähkö Recordings ‎– No: 20, Sähkö Recordings ‎– 20
CD, Album


1 Galaksit / Galaxies 2:51
2 Miekkakala / Swordfish 4:38
3 Antenni-muurahais / Antenna-ant 1:12
4 Äänikuva / Sound Picture 5:56
5 Kesämaa / Summerland 5:10
6 Näkinkengät / Shells 3:05
7 Kertomus Kaukomailta / Tale From Farawaylands 1:34
8 Aallonmurtaja / Breakwave 2:08
9 Poseidon 1:51
10 Monneista Viimeinen / Last Of Catfishes 5:33
11 Talven Henki / Winter Spirit 2:35
12 Aurinkokala / Sunfish 4:40
13 Tuulessa / In Wind 2:23
14 Yöhalla / Night Frost 2:43
15 Ensimmäinen Valo / First Light 1:25
16 Kotiin / To Home 3:48

Companies, etc.



Recorded in Barcelona, Wien & Berlin 1999-2004
Dedicated to Laina Vainio 1913-1991

On disc tray panel:
©+® Sähkö Recordings 2005

On disc face:
©+℗ Sähkö Recordings 2005

Catalog no. on spine: Sähkö-012CD
Catalog no. on disc face: No: 20
Catalog no. on rear: 20
Catalog no. on disc tray panel: Sähkö-020

Released in digipak

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 673794 002026
  • Barcode (String): 673794002026
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L555
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 94V3
  • Matrix / Runout: Sony DADC A0100600494-0101 15 A1

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SAHKO-020 Ø Kantamoinen(16xFile, FLAC, Album) Sähkö Recordings SAHKO-020 Finland 2005
BKEDIT013 Ø Kantamoinen(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Tra) Boomkat Editions BKEDIT013 UK 2016 Sell This Version
BKEDIT013 Ø Kantamoinen(2xLP, Album) Boomkat Editions BKEDIT013 UK 2016 Sell This Version


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April 15, 2017
This album was highly underrated by me way back when I just got to know Mika Vainio's music. Now, when he's gone, I tried to revisit it with completely different mind. So far it seems that Kantamoinen is his most personal and bright album under Ø moniker. He dedicated it to his grandmother (her house is depicted on album's cover), and the music itself represents his (mostly happy, judging by music character) childhood memories. That is, when you get to know the story behind this album, you may look at it as a tale narrated by curious little boy, who sees that the world is full of miracles, rather than by dark-abstract-techno-industrial mastermind. I guess, you start to appreciate and understand such things only when you truly know the value of the human life as a whole.


January 7, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
This is a superb discreet ambient album. The fabled "space in between" the notes is routinely exercised throughout each song. Subtle sharing of field recordings highlight sparse soundscapes of both geographical and industrial notions.


February 24, 2010
Kantamoinen proves that Mika Vainio is not keen on repeating the Metri formula ad nauseam. Instead of minimal techno, what we get here is nothing but bliss and delicate (I even read somewhere "romantic") approach of electronic elements, whatever the source : antenna frequencies (3), filtered voice, drones (4) or even some 808 sounds. Very minimalistic (what a surprise!) but not as scarce as one could expect. Far from the arid territories of Raster-Noton sound, what you get here is instead another facet of minimalism : poetical Autechre-like experimental ambient (specially concerning the melodies) that drifts in and out of time, space and texture; all in all carefully crafted in miniature formats.

January 23, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
I find it difficult to consider this a proper album, as Ø or otherwise. Instead of the intelligent electronica of this project's previous albums, we get sixteen pieces of droning, shimmering ambience that overall fail to take away from the lingering impression that these are somewhat unfinished ideas. Still, the sounds here are engaging and inviting, with a keen ear for melody, especially on the final track.