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Best of 2018


Rules (2LP)


**Last copies**Long-awaited second pressing of Erkki Kurenniemi's key recordings and sonic experiments made between 1963-1975. One of the great unsung pioneers of the electronic age, Mr. Erkki Kurenniemi. The tracks released here - produced during 1963-1975 - include Kurenniemi's focal works and previously unreleased raw material composed as solo works - as well as works in collaboration with Kari Hakala, Jukka Ruohomäki, Otto Donner and Eino Ruutsalo. "Erkki Kurenniemi, a brilliant, eccentric figure - imagine a Finnish hybrid of Stockhausen, Buckminster Fuller and Steve Jobs." ~Simon Reynolds: 'Retromania - Pop Culture's Addiction To Its Own Past' (2011). Kurenniemi's impulsive attitude towards his art - including electronic music, films, media art, instrument design - is perfectly captured in his composition rules presented as a guide line of the release:


  1. A work has to be completed in a single day.
  2. Consecutive sounds must be chosen so that they are totally inconsistent or surprising and have no rational relationship with each other.
  3. ...?

Carefully chosen masterpieces are newly digitized from the original master tapes with highest possible sample rate and resolution (192kHz, 24bit) to preserve a pristine listening experience. Kurenniemi's works are now heard first time as genuine as possible for no artificial

Cat. number: KRYPT-022
Year: 2018

All tracks were recorded between 1963 and 1975.