Exposé Online banner

Ozone Player — Insane Logic
(Visual Power VP001, 2000, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2001-12-01

Insane Logic Cover art

Here’s another entry in the one-man electronic music genre, in this case Otso Pakarinen of Finland. He’s got a couple of interesting twists on the conventions of electronic music. One is a fondness for tones lying outside normal tuning, gamelan-gong sorts of sounds with unusual overtones. Another is a goofy sense of humor, leading to some silly samples and corny sections of songs. Partly because of the first, and in spite of the second, most of Insane Logic works very well. Ranging from nearly ambient soundscapes to bouncy sequenced grooves, Pakarinen manages to never sound quite like anything else I’ve heard. Analog and digital sounds are combined to the point where it’s pointless and impossible to identify or separate them. The few missteps are the result of wacky humor that doesn’t always work for me. The “do-be-do” sampled vocals on “Casino Mobile” are just a bit too much. But a great track like “The Reality Dysfunction” more than makes up for the silliness, with all sorts of unidentifiable noises making up the rhythm, and unexpected tone colors around every corner. And “Warezz” has a fascinating combination of distorted percussive noises and catchy sequence. In some ways, Ozone Player reminds me of a somewhat warped Synergy, and in my book, that’s a compliment.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 23, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Ozone Player

Latest news

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ken Watson - Assembly – Originally released independently in 1985, Watson's home-brew project has stood the test of time: until this CD came out, that vinyl release with its low-budget black and white cover would find its...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues