Amnesia Scanner are a Germany-based Finnish duo who create cryptic, deconstructed club music using a variety of sampled sources.
Ville Haimala and Martti Kalliala originally became known for their playful abstract techno records under the name Renaissance Man
. They debuted with EPs on Institubes
in 2009, eventually signing to Tiga
label for the release of their 2011 full-length, The Renaissance Man Project. They founded a label called Black Ocean
in 2013, as their music became darker and stranger. They became affiliated with Berlin-based experimental club collective Janus, and released music by M.E.S.H.
(James Whipple) through Black Ocean
. Tracks by the mysterious Amnesia Scanner began appearing online around 2014, filled with discordant synth tones, fragmented voices, and the sounds of smashing glass. The duo released a 23-minute mix titled AS Live  and produced a track for MC Mykki Blanco
. In 2015, Amnesia Scanner released Angels Rig Hook, a 14-minute radio play-like mix featuring spoken word narration from Jaakko Pallasvuo. The duo co-produced "An Exit" on Holly Herndon
's 2015 full-length, Platform, which became one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year. In early 2016, a website was launched containing Lexachast, an audio-visual collaboration between Amnesia Scanner and Bill Kouligas (founder of the experimental label PAN
). The duo's first physical release, the AS EP, was issued by Young Turks
shortly after. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi