Mika Vainio, Kouhei Matsunaga, Sean Booth3. Telepathics Meh In-Sect Connection

Label:Important Records (2) – IMPREC281
CD, Album
Style:Glitch, Experimental


1Mika* And Kouhei*11th June 200815:30
2Mika* And Kouhei* And Sean*11th June 2008
Edited By [Pyramid Edited], Mixed ByKouhei*
3Kouhei* And Sean*11th June 200815:20

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Label website and spine of release use the title "3. Telepathics Meh In-Sect Er Connection", while the front cover and disc surface of the release use the title "3. Telepathics Meh In-Sect Connection."

Issued in a Digipak case.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 793447528120
  • Matrix / Runout: IMPREC281 CROOKED COVE 0CQR8<2308>11DCA28636
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L489
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI F701



  • Madang's avatar
    This is a very unique album, featuring the first-ever solo contribution from one of the members of a seminal British duo Autechre. Despite the reputation of true stalwarts of creative freedom and all things independent, the 'reasonable people' behind Autechre's label Warp Records from the very beginning had been locking their most promising artists into quite egregious, draconian exclusive contracts. As explained by Sean Booth on the epic Ask Autechre Anything official Q&A thread on WATMM forums, not only Warp owns every sound that was and will ever be made by Autechre – it also explicitly forbids them to record or play under any other aliases, and especially their real names (with the exception of Gescom team collaborations).

    So what about this particular record? Apparently, it was an earnest mistake! Sean failed to explain to Kouhei that none of their joint sessions can be published with his name mentioned anywhere, and by the time he found out that he is credited on the album it was already produced and finished. Given that 3 Telepathics Meh In-Sect Connection was in a special series, with all four parts released by Imprec simultaneously, it was already too big of a project to get canceled. And thankfully, this brilliant album is still available – on the original compact disc, as a digital download, and even for Spotify streaming.

    And there’s a lot to hear – Kouhei Matsunaga, a critically acclaimed and internationally renowned Japanese sound experimenter, went here on an ambitious quest to explore the 'silence, space and electronic tones intended to rewire your brain for a new comprehension of sound,' together with Mika Vainio and Booth. This territory of highly abstract, lowercase and extremely detached soundscapes may seem like a more or less familiar for Kouhei and Vainio, but for Sean Booth, this is, perhaps, one of the most uncharacteristic works ever published, save for Autechre & The Hafler Trio collaborations.

    Apart from the recording date, there are no details provided on where, how, and under which circumstances this eerily beautiful and acoustically haunting aural painting was created – whether it was a concert, live performance, free improv studio jam, or maybe even a mail-art distant collaboration. The listener here has to guess what instruments and techniques were involved – most likely, Sean Booth is responsible for synthesized, very digital and artificial sounding granular rumble/ramblings, while raw contact mics and some very lo-fi field recordings and occasional acoustic strumming must be Vainio and/or Kouhei’s doing. Fascinating, beautiful, and intense, stream of consciousness on tape, complete with hilarious and nutty cover art. Highly recommended!


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