For some reason 1997 keeps popping up in my Favorites on the Synthesizer Book channel (Youtube.com). Not sure why, but it is bringing back some good memories! These videos were recorded as part of a 1997 BBC show. There are some really good profiles in these 2 segments. Björk plays a really good curator. My favorite part of the video is the interview she conducts with Mika Vainio of Pansonic in his Barcelona home studio. Vainio walks her through his custom made synthesizers which are made by Jari Lehtinen. Handmade and custom made synthesizers have swept the planet now, but back then, I thought this was some pretty amazing stuff.
Some of their equipment is made by third “extra” member Jari Lehtinen. These and other custom made instruments are responsible for creating the sounds typical to Pan Sonic’s music. They also use samplers and an MPC2000 sequencer. Pan Sonic are great fans of experimentation and art performances and have done exhibitions and sound installations in museums. They have also made music for Rei Kawakubo’s fashion shows.