SÄHKO THE MOVIE (1995 Jimi Tenor)

Hello dear GEGENkino friends,

if you’re clueless what movies to watch right now, here’s a couple of hints for you. 

You may remember the hommage to Finnish filmmaker MIKA TAANILA with which we concluded this year’s GEGENkino festival. In case you’ve missed his latest feature length documentary RETURN OF THE ATOM (Atomin Paluu) he did in cooperation with JUSI EEROLA, you’ve got the chance to see it again now in cinemas, for example in CINEDING LEIPZIG. 

Check www.cineding-leipzig.de for more information about the film and the screening dates. 

Our hommage to Taanila somewhat became an hommage to his long-time collaborator MIKA VAINIO, because of his sudden death in April. Vainio worked together with Taanila on the soundtrack of RETURN OF THE ATOM among other projects. See the very beautiful documentary SÄHKO THE MOVIE about Mika Vainio, shot by Finnish musician JIMI TENOR, over at boilerrom.tv, and see below for some more information on Vainio and the film.

“Mika Vainio’s death in April 2017 sent shock waves rippling through the electronic music community. The late Finnish musician left an indelible mark on noise thanks to his roles in the ‘90s group Pan Sonic and record label Sähkö Recordings. Over the years, Vainio collaborated with Björk, Suicide’s Alan Vega, drone icon Stephen O’Malley and more. 

Now, just months following his passing, Boiler Room has unearthed a mythic film about the Sähkö label. Artfully shot on 16mm by Jimi Tenor in 1995, SÄHKO THE MOVIE – a title fans have given the film in the absence of any official one – is a suitably abstract portrayal of the singular label in its prime. Finnish artists featured include Sähkö co-founder Tommi Grönlund, Mono Junk, Hertsi, IFÖ, and, of course, Mika Vainio himself. 

The film tracks the Finnish unit at work in the studio making tracks on their trademark custom-built analogue equipment, hand-pressing limited edition vinyl releases and their eardrum rupturing yet delicate live performances.Outside of a few select festival screenings and those who own a rare VHS edition released by Blast First Petite, hardly anyone has seen the 44-minute film but this hasn’t stopped it attaining legendary status.“

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