Pan Sonic co-founder Mika Vainio has reportedly passed away at the age of 53. The producer’s fan page on Facebook confirmed the news with a family member and shared the following statement earlier today:
Pan Sonic’s final LP was the soundtrack for the Finnish documentary Return of the Atom. Vainio also completed a six-part score (Mannerlaatta) for the very same director (Mika Taanila) last year. Aside from Pan Sonic’s impeccable run as experimental techno pioneers and solo work under other aliases like his seminal Ø project, Vainio also spent time in the studio with fellow sound sculptors like Kevin Drumm, Alan Vega (Suicide), Sean Booth (Autechre), and Christian Fennesz.
Check out a number of his recordings below, along with a few official film trailers and live sets….