Pan Sonic

Pan Sonic

Pan Sonic (known as Panasonic from 1993 until 1998) were an internationally renowned Finnish electronic music project consisting of Mika Vainio, Ilpo Väisänen and Sami Salo.

In 1994, they began releasing on Sähkö Recordings, the experimental techno label of their friend Tommi Grönlund. On their first tour outside of Finland, while in London, they got a record deal with Blast First (the Mute sub-label). In 1995, their first release on Blast First was "Vakio" which received international recognition. In 1996, Sami Salo left Pan Sonic and the project continued as a duo until disbanding in 2009. The pair briefly reformed in 2015 to create the soundtrack for the documentary film Atomin Paluu ("Return of the Atom").

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Pan Sonic Discography


Panasonic* Vakio (Album) Blast First, Blast First UK 1995 Sell This Version
Panasonic* = Panasonic* Panasonic* = Panasonic* - Kulma (Album) Blast First UK 1996 Sell This Version
Pan Sonic A (Album) Blast First UK 1999 Sell This Version
9185-2 Ammer* / Einheit* Mit Pan Sonic Und Gry / Günter Rüger Ammer* / Einheit* Mit Pan Sonic Und Gry / Günter Rüger - Frost 79° 40'(CD) FM 4.5.1 9185-2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
none Pan Sonic, Charlemagne Palestine Pan Sonic, Charlemagne Palestine - Mort Aux Vaches(CD, Ltd, Num) Mort Aux Vaches none Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
Pan Sonic Aaltopiiri (Album) Blast First Europe 2000 Sell This Version
JD100 Pan Sonic 19/01/995 20/01/995(CD, Ltd) Jenny Divers JD100 UK 2001 Sell This Version
JD099 Pan Sonic 05/10/995(CD, Ltd) Jenny Divers JD099 UK 2001 Sell This Version
VICTO cd 089 Merzbow, Pan Sonic Merzbow, Pan Sonic - V(CD, Album) Les Disques Victo VICTO cd 089 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
Pan Sonic Kesto (234.48:4) (Album) Blast First, Blast First UK 2004 Sell This Version
SOI 041 Anton Nikkilä & Alexei Borisov* / Pink Twins / Pan Sonic Anton Nikkilä & Alexei Borisov* / Pink Twins / Pan Sonic - Finnexport 2003(2xCDr) Spirals Of Involution SOI 041 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
PTYT 007 Pan Sonic Katodivaihe / Cathodephase(CD, Album) Blast First Petite PTYT 007 UK 2007 Sell This Version
PTYT 014 Pan Sonic . Haino Keiji* Pan Sonic . Haino Keiji* - "Shall I Download A Blackhole And Offer It To You" Live In Berlin 15.11.2007(CD, Album) Blast First Petite PTYT 014 US 2009 Sell This Version
PTYT 045 Pan Sonic Gravitoni(CD, Album) Blast First Petite PTYT 045 UK 2010 Sell This Version
PTYT 043 Pan Sonic . Haino Keiji* Pan Sonic . Haino Keiji* - In The Studio(2xLP, Ltd) Blast First Petite PTYT 043 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Pan Sonic Oksastus (Album) Kvitnu Ukraine 2014 Sell This Version
Pan Sonic Atomin Paluu (A Film Soundtrack) (Album) Blast First Petite USA & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Panasonic* Panasonic EP (EP) Sähkö Recordings Finland 1994 Sell This Version
BFFP118P Panasonic* Four Tracks From The Album "Vakio"(12", Ltd, Pic, Promo) Blast First BFFP118P UK 1995 Sell This Version
BFFP118T Panasonic* Vakio - Sampler(10", Ltd, Smplr, Cle) Blast First BFFP118T UK 1995 Sell This Version
Panasonic* Osasto EP (EP) Blast First UK 1996 Sell This Version
BFFP 1491K Pan-Sonic* Arctic Rangers(2x7", Ltd) Blast First BFFP 1491K UK 1998 Sell This Version
EVURB 001 Vodershow / Panasonic* Vodershow / Panasonic* - EVURB 001(12") Evolurbain Recordings EVURB 001 UK 1998 Sell This Version
12BFFP145 Panasonic* / Alan Vega Panasonic* / Alan Vega - Medal(12") Blast First 12BFFP145 UK 1998 Sell This Version
Pan Sonic B (EP) Blast First US 1999 Sell This Version

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April 27, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
Confusing and thrilling and everything you never wanted to know about white noise but were afraid to ask. Pan(a)sonic is 'everything but' in many ways - at first subversively taking down world's leading electronic corporation, before the latter's forces took them down back. Music? What is music in Pan(a)sonic's case of impressive A's and B's? Whether on record or playing live, they prove making noise is a difficult job - it is not entertaining but it is one of the purest sound essence instalments you can truly feel as your body twitches to its high or low volumes. Beware - music which escapes the loudspeaker, invisible sound force that might damage your insides... or maybe stimulate them. Think of all the orgasms you might have experienced while listening to Pan(a)sonic and never really noticed. Too bad. Nice experience. Check it out next time. Concentrate. The art of noise in its truest sense.


September 17, 2003
Other memorable Pan sonic prank was, of course, the group's original name nicked from the famous electronics manufacturer, which must have caused many frustrations to their record label. As Toshiba, the Panasonic Electronics' biggest competitor in Japan had plans to licence the group's music from Blast First, the change of name seemed to become more probable all the time. The latest news tell that after having been contacted by the lawyers of Panasonic USA, who threatened the act and their record label with legal actions, from spring 1998 onwards the duo is officially to be called Pan Sonic. Thus were also crushed Ilpo's hopes that the band would have been sponsored by their electronics giant namesake...


August 2, 2003
Good to note, these guys <i>will</i> stress your speakers if you try to play them too loud, and don't judge the volume by the first bits you hear. They love to play around with the psychoacoustic effect of placing really loud noises next to really soft noises to increase the perceptual volume. They also do a lot of stuff that sounds as if it goes above and beyond the frequency rating of most speakers (and human hearing capabilities.) Some have debated that even though you cannot hear them, if you speakers can reproduce them, these sub and super sounds effect the impact of the sounds you can hear.

Due to how clean and powerful the sounds are, I have found that Pan Sonic tracks make excellent referencing CDs when testing out new audio equipment in a store. There is very little background hiss at all, if any, and the great range of frequency and volume really gives you a solid feel for what the testing equipment can do.

Technical advisories and notes aside, these guys do some great experimental stuff. I usually save listening to their CDs for those times when I can shut off the lights, lean back in a chair, and enter alien worlds of sound with no disturbances. Haunting and powerful stuff.

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