Gordon Monahan sees this concert performance as a hybrid with sculptural, installative, and performative, athletic aspects ‘due to the corporeality of the swinging boxes and because sweat, heavy labor, and stubbornness are required’.
The close connection to the tradition of the Fluxus performances, which were also based on a simple concept, here the swinging of the loudspeakers, has to do with Monahan’s interest in ‘the live staging of technical situations in which people concentrate their attention on things like the movement of sound in the room and on how physical gestures produce the sounds’. – Rudolf Frieling
Speaker Swinging, from 1982, is a rite in which three performers swing loudspeakers over their heads. To this primitive ritual is added an electronic dimension, as each of the speakers relays a series of tones generated by nine sinewave or sawtooth oscillators, their rapid motion through the air creating complex overlays of effects, including phasing, vibrato, and tremolo. Speaker Swinging was first performed in Toronto in 1982, and has since been presented in many varied venues at festivals and museums worldwide.
Mika Vainio, based in Oslo/Norway, has published solo recordings under his birth name and under a series of pseudonyms including Ø and Philus and, together with Ilpo Väisänen, as Pan Sonic (formerly Panasonic).
In the beginning of the 80’s Mika Vainio has played electronics and drums as part of the early Finnish industrial and noise scene.
Nowadays, his solo works are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Be it abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio is always creating unique, physical sounds.
He has released on labels like Editions Mego, Touch, Wavetrap and Sähkö and has been producing among others with Alan Vega of Suicide, Haino Keji, John Duncan, Stephen O’Malley, Merzbow and Bruce Gilbert.