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Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto

Fans of stylish minimalist ambience can rejoice as the heroic duo of Nicolai and Sakamoto return on a release that's as much sound art as composition. This conceptual performance took place in a glass structure in September 2016, and is thankfully documented in all its calm, elegant glory, released on the ever g...view item »

Alva Noto

Carsten Nicolai is really bustin’ his way through 2018 - this is the third album to feature Alva Noto thus far this year. It’s also the third and final LP for his Uni series, which has vented some of his heaviest and most floor-headed material. Once again French poet Anne-James Chaton is pre...view item »

Mika Vainio, Ryoji Ikeda & Alva Noto
LIVE 2002

Live 2002 is the recording of the collaboration between these three greats of sonic experimentation, Mika Vaino, Ryoji Ikeda, and Alva Noto. Recorded in Newcastle's BALTIC Centre, the one off performance drew attention to the noise floor generated by the equipment...view item »

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Revenant

Erstwhile film soundtrack composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is joined by strict digital minimalist Alva Noto, a frequent collaborator in Sakamoto’s non-soundtrack work. For the Leonardo DiCapri...view item »

Iggy Pop / Tarwater / Alva Noto
Leaves Of Grass

An unusual release here: Iggy Pop gruffly intones 7 poems from American old master Walt Whitman, while the duo of Tarwater and prime digital minimalist alva noto provide energetic and abstracted soundscapes in the background. A strange trip, unlike much that any of these artists...view item »

ANBB (Alva Noto & Blixa Bargeld)
Ret Marut Handshake

Never one to slouch in his comfort zone, Carsten Nicolai is always pushing himself as an artist and exploring new directions. This collaboration is a case in point where he collides with Einsterzunde Neubauten's Blixa Bargeld with astonishing results. I had read about this pairing but really couldn't imagine how it would sound and certainly didn...view item »

Alva Noto
Xerrox Vol. 3

Alva Noto, he of the cold and abstract electronica (that is usually also super-banging), returns to his Xerrox series. As the title suggests, the concern here is with copying and re-copying, creating all-new material in the process. Unexpectedly, Xerrox Vol. 3 is grounded in Noto’s intima...view item »

Alva Noto

Clicks, cuts, more clicks and cuts. Cold, rhythmic beats fizzing away indefinitely. At the risk of sounding like Mike Love, its all about melody for me and here we have none whatsoever. The most tuneful thing you are going to get is a one note fizz. So, not one for my stereo but that doesn't mean that its not impressive. There's...view item »

Alva Noto
For 2

Carsten Nicolai is an artist whose work I always await with high expectations. His approach to creating audio is both artistic and scientific, this also applies to his visual output. Over the years he's amassed an impressive catalogue in both fields, yet is probably best known for his work as Alva Noto and collaborations with Ryuchi Sakamoto....view item »

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto

Don't know if this will help massage me back to full blistering health. A CD on the esteemed Raster Noton imprint. Yes the uber minimal techno label has the 3rd collaboration out between Alva Noto & the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto. From what I can derive, this is sparse & beautiful classical piano over sporadic pu...view item »

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto With Ensemble Modern

Alva Noto

Another high concept, minimally packaged release from the dependable Raster Noton imprint. The ideas for this set comprises Originals, Duplication, Reproduction and Copying, you' ll have to read the sleeve notes to understand the concept I'm not even gonna attempt to try & explain my take on the philosophy of this partivula...view item »

Alva Noto
Xerrox Vol. 2

I've selected the 'ecstatic' option but this release made me feel many things. After Carsten Nicolai's outstanding back catalogue a second Xerrox volume had a lot to live up to but, if anything, this is possibly one of the the finest things he's done yet. Where Vol.1 had undercurrents of emotion under a strict frame this is much looser (...view item »