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“There was this term in the 80s which I like, ‘ingenious amateurs’. That with a certain kind of dilettantism and ignorance, you are less soared to touch things and to do stuff. (…) I think it’s very important to use something in the wrong or radical way.” — ALVA NOTO / CARSTEN NICOLAI feature, taken from Slices Issue 4-09.
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Although not brand new – it is still worth posting
The collaboration between Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto began in 2003, year in which the first album of this new project, “Vrioon”, came to light. After having followed up their debut in March 2005 with “Insen”, the Japanese-German duo began a series of theatre concerts, which aims explicitly at the combination between music and visual installations. The stage presents Sakamoto’s piano along with Alva Noto’s desk, with two laptops and electronic instruments. On the background, the images which seems to follow Sakamoto’s music meticulously. The essence is seized visually upon listening to this music, so unattainable and precise, but at the same time alive and not exclusively metaphysical.
The landscapes described by the collaboration between Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto are able to interpret the duality of our times, the contrasts that create a world. From the essence of Japan to the visionary research of Germany, the fragility of the past is in contrast with the hardness of the new world, creating in our time an overwhelming moment at the exact point of their encounter. A journey into the paranormal possibility that binds us simultaneously to this world and to the other, to be able to see yet another.
(Shot with an iPhone) but this is the opening segment of alva noto’s (carsten nicolai) spectacular live performance of univrs (uniscope version) in the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal May 4th. The artist had mirrors installed on either side of the projection wall in the already very wide chamber resulting in a very convincing display of visuals to infinity. Derivative’s Markus Heckmann has worked closely with Nicolai over the last 3 years to produce the performance visuals in TouchDesigner. The ‘uniscope version’ of univrs is the most refined and mind-blowing rendition of the work yet.
Vince Clarke and Martin Gore’s VCMG project has really hijacked the dancefloors with the album SSSS, plus remixes from the likes of Regis, Byetone and Matthew Jonson – now Mute have just announced a third remixes EP from the album via Twitter. This one’s set to feature ‘Aftermaths’, with a remix by Clarke himself, alongside another veteran name: Warp’s mighty LFO. The package is rounded out by a remix by Alva Noto, one half of Diamond Version and co-head of the Raster Noton label alongside Byetone. It’s set for release on August 20th through Mute.
That’s all we’ve been told so far – no music for you to listen to yet
Through his artwork, Carsten Nicolai overcomes the segregation of forms of sensory perception. Sound is made visible, light frequencies are heard. Sound, light, time, and space are the cornerstones of the work of the artist, who is making neither a political statement nor yet another self-reflexive discourse about art. Instead, he tries to investigate and penetrate the frontiers of perception, of which we have no conception but which do seem to have an effect on us.
Nicolai is experimental in his art in a scientific sense. He formulates precise conditions, clears away that which is unnecessary, defines environments in which his artworks can grow: sometimes through the influence of the public, sometimes through moments of disturbance, blurring, or chance in the system. Self-organized processes — for example, the formation of snowflakes in the air due to impurities and disturbances — fascinate him. Through the formation of self-organization and chance, Nicolai can step into the background as an artist and avoids the personification of his artwork. Such processes speak for themselves.
Carsten Nicolai began with painting — first, completely classic: oil on canvas. Then, however, with the exploration of new artistic possibilities, the search also began for other materials that would suit his objectives. The conventional canvas was replaced by translucent polyester frameworks within which the arriving light breaks and whereby the color in the picture is produced. Liquid-filled basins placed on loudspeakers through which digitally worked sound samples are played reproduce frequency patterns on their surfaces. Through the explosion of a gas mixture, the speed of sound at 334 meters per second is made visible in a glass tube. On his label “raster noton”, the artist publishes under the alias “alva noto”. His sound work is designed on an editing program that does not work in real time and therefore the sound must first be visually drafted in order to be heard. Nicolai considers his work in sound as visual work, he does not make music but instead calls himself a visual composer.
The artist, born in Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1965, has achieved great success with his work. Numerous prizes, almost twenty solo exhibitions in cities ranging from Berlin to Tokyo, Biennales, group exhibitions, as well as alva noto performances in the New York Guggenheim, Centre Pompidou, Kunsthaus Graz, and the Tate Modern. Although his work is appreciated worldwide, he is more concerned with those details, fragments, or parts in which — following the thesis of philosopher Marcello Viccini — all the information of the whole is retained. (wh/jn)
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A new artist project starts with its new release on raster-noton today June 18 – anbb alva noto & blixa bargeld. ret marut handshake, r-n120, limited edition, 12“ vinyl ep. Previews here.
Being friends and admirers of each otherʼs work for a long time, electronic music composer / visual artist alva noto (carsten nicolai) and composer / voice- artist blixa bargeld (also known as singer of einstürzende neubauten and guitarist of nick cave and the bad seeds) decided to join forces to initiate a collaborative project in 2007.
together they developed a musical concept based on the combination of improvisation and abstraction. the impulsive live performance of blixa bargeld and the elaborated beat structures and sound landscapes of alva noto merge to a surprising and unexpected result. working on their own experimental material that gains its strength from the spontaneity of the live-performance of bargeldʼs voice as well as rethinking traditional songs in their own special manner, they deliver an outstanding and inspiring musical blend for their audience.
The collaboration first staged in september 2007 when they united for a special appearance in san francisco to perform at recombinant media labs studios. since then they have recorded several tracks, fi ve of which will be released on a preliminary ep on raster-noton (r-n 120) in spring 2010. a full length album with 10 tracks (r-n 121) will be released some weeks later. The release will be followed by a live tour at various festivals and concert halls in europe in june/september 2010.