Alva Noto "Prototypes" Mille Plateaux mp 82 2000 (49:40)

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All sounds by Carsten Nicolai.

Alva Noto is digital sound and visual artist Carsten Nicolai, aka Noto, head of the Noton half of Germany's Raster-Noton cooperative label now known simply as Raster Music.  This disc is brought to us by fellow German electronic label Mille Plateaux and is referred to by them as being of the 'digital processing' style.  The 10 untitled tracks are a continuous suite of minimalist compositions constructed of the familiar sounds that seem to naturally emanate from everyone and everywhere in Germany these days.  For nearly 50 minutes Nicolai precisely codes structured, layered loops of clicks, pops, artifacts, 'beats', waves, tones, pulses, static, silence and noise into pleasant and listenable mini(mal) symphonies.  The active evolution of each piece is both on a macro and micro level and the stereo field is fully explored ... attentive headphone listening ensures the full effect.  And though the sounds are similar throughout, there's plenty of variation in how they are presented within each track and from track to track, this along with sharp composition skills are the keys to maintaining my interest.  Nicolai is simply one of the most talented in the field.  The title literally means 'an original model on which something is patterned' so I can only assume that these prototypes will spawn more in the near future ...

Mille Plateaux

Where did I get this cd? - mail order via CD World.

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