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Alva Noto

Alva Noto may be the pseudonym of German audio-visual musician Carsten Nicolai. Blessed in the east German town of Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1965, Nicolai initial studied structures and landscape style before pursuing a pastime in the theoretical properties of audio and space. Resettling in Berlin in the first ’90s, Nicolai founded the experimental music label Noton.Archiv Fuer Lot Und Nichtton being a system for his conceptual and experimental music concerns. Those problems finally took form being a 12-concern CD and newspaper series known as 20 to 2000, released in 1999 and 2000 on Raster-Noton Information (which acquired merged his very own label with Olaf Bender’s Rastermusic). With this conceptual masterwork taken care of, Nicolai followed the name Alva Noto (as merely Noto, he previously performed some small-scale recordings and shows dating dating back to 1996) and documented 2000’s Prototypes, a 50-minute record of untitled audio collages made of the actual audio of electric hums and clicks, amplified and organized into a group of discrete actions that move beyond simple ambient music right into a brand-new world of environmental music. 2001’s Transform delved in to the glitch genre with ten brand-new evanescent parts, while 2005’s Insen (offering piano efforts from Ryuichi Sakamoto) continuing that path. Released twelve months afterwards, both For and Rev EP had been made up of unreleased monitors, and Alva Noto continuing launching music with Xerrox, UTP, and Unitxt, the last mentioned of which blended Noto’s minimalist features with German techno and dubstep.

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