Label:Sähkö Recordings – Sähkö-012CD, Sähkö Recordings – Sähkö-020, Sähkö Recordings – No: 20, Sähkö Recordings – 20
CD, Album
Style:Experimental, Ambient


1Galaksit = Galaxies2:51
2Miekkakala = Swordfish4:38
3Antenni-muurahais = Antenna-ant1:12
4Äänikuva = Sound Picture5:56
5Kesämaa = Summerland5:10
6Näkinkengät = Shells3:05
7Kertomus Kaukomailta = Tale From Farawaylands1:34
8Aallonmurtaja = Breakwave2:08
10Monneista Viimeinen = Last Of Catfishes5:33
11Talven Henki = Winter Spirit2:35
12Aurinkokala = Sunfish4:40
13Tuulessa = In Wind2:23
14Yöhalla = Night Frost2:43
15Ensimmäinen Valo = First Light1:25
16Kotiin = To Home3:48

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

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Kantamoinen (16×File, FLAC, Album)Sähkö RecordingsSAHKO-020Finland2005
Kantamoinen (16×File, MP3, Album, Stereo, 320 kbps)Sähkö RecordingsSAHKO-020Finland2005
Kantamoinen (2×LP, 45 RPM, Album)Boomkat EditionsBKEDIT013UK2016
New Submission
Kantamoinen (2×LP, 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Transparent Blue)Boomkat EditionsBKEDIT013UK2016


  • Rep-ne's avatar
    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.
    • adam01's avatar
      Edited 7 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.
      • soleilnoir.mailorder's avatar
        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.
        • Edited 17 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.



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