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Montag, 9. März 2009, 22:53

Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol. 2


"OK, brace yourselves. Returning to his much lauded Xerrox project, Alva Noto has out of the blue delivered one of the most emotionally arresting and quite simply jaw-dropping album's we've heard in recent times. Carsten Nicolai once again shuns the pinpoint precision for which he's become renowned, turning to a more abstract yet harmony-driven working methodology. As with the first Xerrox album, the starting point is a set of samples culled from external sources; this time around, snippets and recordings of SunnO))) dronesmith Stephen O'Malley and composer Michael Nyman feature, as does an excerpt from the 2004 Insen tour with Ryuichi Sakamoto. All these elements melt together beautifully under a unified banner of widescreen, washed-out digital ambiences, molten electronics and in the case of pieces like the outstanding 'Monophaser 1', an ambitiously symphonic scale. If the main thread of Alva Noto's music (as exemplified by last year's Unitxt) inhabits the domain of all things 'micro', the Xerrox albums surely represent a bold venture into the realm of 'macro', making grand yet utterly intimate gestures that would find a kindred spirit in the stately neo-classical drones of Fennesz's Black Sea or Deaf Center's 'Pale Ravine'. While floods of strings and sustained electrical signals compound the amorphous feel of the album, tracks like 'Teion Acat 1' draw attention to familiarly process-heavy, more rhythmically organised elements - the music in this instance embraces a fissure-ridden post-dub feel that recalls Pole's first three albums. Elsewhere, 'Sora' sounds like a mournful orchestra being pumped into some fatally broken digital mixer, while 'Meta Phaser' flirts with a sound that might best be accounted for by imagining a KTL album filtered through a bad telephone connection. While Noto's oeuvre is predominantly associated with pristine and prodigiously precise sound designs, Xerrox is governed by a more chaotic, emotional sensibility, and this second volume feels like an even greater step away from the comforting orderliness of prior successes, opening up exciting new avenues paved with noise, melody and a big pulsing heart. Incredible music coming to you with our highest possible recommendation"

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Donnerstag, 12. März 2009, 21:32

RE: Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol. 2

Strange. Daniel and I had a nice discussion about Alva Noto while sightseeing Barcelona last Sunday (the day before your post). Is this your review? It makes me want to buy it immediately!



Donnerstag, 12. März 2009, 22:07

buy and and send a copy to me!!


Donnerstag, 12. März 2009, 22:58


Originally posted by Daniel Myer
buy and and send a copy to me!!

Whoa! Piracy? Are you MAD!?!?! We'll both be sued and nailed to a Bulletin Board for all eternity to serve as an example of Really Bad Behaviour. Let's do that IRL so no one can track our despicable behaviour. ;)


Freitag, 13. März 2009, 01:24

Actually, it's a straight copy from Boomkat! My mind is too packed with (useless) university information to come up with more than just a few to dense sentences these days.



Donnerstag, 3. Dezember 2009, 20:37

Somewhat off topic, though making another thread would have been excessive. A friend let me know that Frank Bretschneider and Olaf Bender (Byetone) used to have a band called AG Geige. It's pretty crazy stuff, some of the videos remind me of descriptions of early Covenant shows. Geometric shapes, bizarre costumes, and so forth.

The late 80's must seem like a very weird time in electronic music. Made me laugh, thought I'd share.


Freitag, 4. Dezember 2009, 00:02

AG Geige was one of my very early influences. I grew up in East Germany and this was the first Act, that I recognized doing pure Electronic Music in a cool and different way.


Freitag, 4. Dezember 2009, 00:06

They sound pretty unique. Just really out there, in a good way, you know?


Freitag, 4. Dezember 2009, 09:23

the first tape I got, that was 1987 I think, sounded pretty cheap, cheap synths and cheap drum machines, but there was somthing to it, that was really interesting. never heard before. well, up untill then I know only depeche mode and new order, anne clark and some other 80ies synthpop stuff. I didnt even know about skinny puppy etc... that all happend in 88, 89


Freitag, 4. Dezember 2009, 16:14

I only found out about them after checking Frank Bretschneider + Olaf Bender's page. Some friends liked Rhythmn, and I think Death of a Typeographer is one of the coolest minimal / high tech releases over the last few years.

Their work has really evolved since the early days.

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