"Insane Logic" is an eight year labor of love for Finnish keyboardist Otso Pakarinen. He composed, arranged performed and recorded the 50 minutes of music from 1993 to the date of release on his own label.
The music dabbles in every form of keyboard sound imaginable, from the avant-garde to the spacey, the frantic to the trance. Textures are many and varied. Ozone Player obviously has many influences yet remains curiously its own style. The most profound similarities lie in early German progressive space electronics ALA Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schultz, Michael Hoenig. A lot of keyboard rhythms also remind me of Jean Michel Jarres middle period.
"Whales In Fog" starts things off in a dark ambient manner and segues into the pretty and pastoral "Shipping". There are twelve songs on the CD and already weve experienced the diversity by song two.
The seven minute "The Reality Dysfunction" builds on Eno-esque brooding landscapes and swooshy sound FX. The trans-ie "Casino Mobile" has some wonderfully melodic textures and leads to the atonal, weird "Minibar" which is driven by odd repetitive, almost funky rhythms. Its back to mood and textures on the title track, a short but personal favorite. This song builds on a simple, minimalist mood landscape and has wonderful psychedelic overtones.
Track 7 takes us back to the weird and irreverent. "Floyd"-ish samples and Sound FXs from their early period constitute the bulk of the song. For me, "Praise" is a bit too atonal, but it has some interesting middle Eastern influences.
"Beam" is mostly subtle spacey synth tones and would make great background music for a science fiction film. Its short and perhaps doesnt have enough time to develop. The quirky melody and rhythms which constitute a greater part of the CD continue on "Warezz", track 9. This is a space freaks delight. "Pakarinen" has a field day with strange sounds and stereo FX.
"Process" takes us back into a space journey, coasting on that vintage 70s German electronics. Its the closest track to what is regarded as modern space music despite its classical approach.
"A short cut to nowhere" utilizes all of "Insane Logics" varying sounds and sounds uncannily close to Jean Michel Jarres early 80s period.
"Transport", the last track reminds me of the subtle avant-garde styling of Can. It has a definitive 70s experimental approach that incorporates world, space, and as many influences as can be crammed into a five and a half minute song.
With "Insane Logic", Otso Pakarinen has crafted an interested and eclectic mix of electronic styles. Its not for everyone. But those that lust for experimental music and electronics with a bit of a challenge will find the variance in sounds a real delight.