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    This is the third Staalplaat Soundsystem Yokomono loop LP compiled on the ocassion of the Avanto Festival 2005 in Helsinki. The theme: Helsinki and its environmental sounds. Mika Vainio, one half of Pan Sonic, was commissioned to produce a seven-minute composition. Petri Kuljuntausta from Helsinki was, in turn, asked to provide a composition of an equal length responding to Vainio's piece. The sound material to be used for the compositions, field recordings from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s made at the Hietalahti shipyard in Helsinki, was discovered in the special effects archive of YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company. These sounds have a personal dimension for both composers: Vainio spent part of his childhood living near the dockyard, while Kuljuntausta has used sounds recorded from inside ships' hulls as material for his earlier works. Side two of the record presents Alexei Borisov, Andrey Kiritchenko, Blixa Bargeld, Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg, G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, Jason Forrest, Main, Merzbow, Staalplaat Soundsystem, Un Caddie Renverse Dans l'Herbe and Zbigniew Karkowski with five loops from each featured artist and their own sound environment. Avanto is the co-producer of this unique release.

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This is the third Staalplaat Soundsystem Yokomono LP focused on Helsinki and its environmental sounds. Co-produced by Staalplaat Soundsystem & Avanto festival in Helsinki, Finland.

Side A features a work composed from field recordings realized at the turn of the 60s and 70s at the Hietalahti shipyard in Helsinki (Finland) and discovered in the special effects archive of YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company). The result is two different compositions by Mika Vainio and Petri Kuljuntausta cut in parallel, smoothly interlaced within one single track.

Side B Staalplaat Soundsystem have invited 11 artists to produce five loops of 1.8 seconds from their own sound environments.

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released March 28, 2021

The present Yokomono setup consists of 10 vinyl killers - toy car record players, each customised with its own fm transmitter. The sound will come through a set of radios that receive the signal transmitted by the vinyl killers. You might think Yokomono is just a DJ set with 10 turntables, and in a way that is correct, but in many more ways Yokomono is completely different. First of all: each killer is mono and has poor sound quality, but much more Yokomono is very hard to handle, you cannot really select a track or make it stop when you want to, it is more putting the needle down blindfolded. The real difference starts when you realise each killer runs on batteries, meaning the speed is unstable and it will slow down during the concert, the fact that the batteries run out will not only affect the speed but it will affect the fm frequency that the killer is transmitting, too, making Yokomono unstable on different levels. The fact, that we transmit with 10 fm transmitters at the same time means that the transmitters are affecting each other. These interferences and the unstable media that are transmitting make the whole set unpredictable and hard to control, making Yokomono unique and adventurous. Thanks to: The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Radboud Mens for mastering, Rashad Becker for cutting and Jan Zimmermann for testing, razy works/vinylkiller, Anton Nikkild/Avanto, Anton Viergever/earational, Erik Mattson/mutek, Carsten Seiffarth/singuhr, the YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company and all artists.

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Staalplaat is a label for sound artists: an organization network founded in 1982 by Geert-Jan Hobijn.Staalplaat operates many sublabels like: Hond In De Goot, Microwave Recordings, Mort Aux Vaches, Container, ERS, Necrophile Records, God Factory, Korm Plastics Introductionaire, material series, Staaltape our cassette label and Open Circuit. ... more

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