Alva Noto - Unitxt

Alva Noto - UnitxtUnitxt is the new album of Alva Noto (aka Carsten Nicolai), the person who together with the label raster-noton formed a unique epoch called clicks`n`cuts and microwave. He contructs complicated audio textures out of simple sounds, mostly of digital character: various clicks, crackle, clutter and noise of different coloring, all this balance on the verge of the notion 'music'.

After the release of a rather surprising work Xerrox Vol.1 without rhythm in Unitxt, Nicolai appeals to music based mostly on the rhythmical stream of the abrupt sounds. Something of that kind we could have heard in the series of the works Transall. Rhytms in them is not only the foundation for the composition, it's something more, defining general sounding. Unitxt is perhaps a little bit less subtle and more concrete - it seems that the powerful skeleton of low-frequency pulsations and more dense stream of sound inject enormous charge of energy straight into the listener's veins.
Two tracks created in cooperation with the French Anne-James Chaton (who reads the sequence of figures in tracks U_07 and U_08-1) became a perfect addition for the whole album. In such a way the author emphasized the concept of the album - the transfromation of the test data into the sound. A great amount of this material was created with the help of transformation of various text, graphic and other files into the sound.
The second part of the CD includes these very sound files which served as the raw material for the main album's part. Such decision - something like the unexpected ending of a book - will be interesting for musical gourmets.
In general the album wasn't a great surprise, nevertheless it underlined the basic concepts of Carsten Nicolai's creative work.

- Alva Noto
- raster-noton


recent releases
Yellow Swans - Going Places
CD / Type

Snog - Last of the Great Roman…
CD / Hymen

Mathias Delplanque - Passeport…
CD / Crónica

Somatic Responses - Neon
CD / Hymen

Bipol - Fritter Away
CD / Ant-Zen

KoChu - Sound Forms
digital / Justified Music

Daníel Bjarnason - Proces…
CD / Bedroom Community

Amman/Josh - Places
CD / Dynamophone

The Soul's Release - Where the…
CD / Dynamophone

Polaski - 37 Ways
digital / Kahvi

Federico Monti - Polen
digital / Koyuki

Ten and Tracer - You'll be a H…
digital / Archaic Horizon

V/A - Flowers Dragon's Eye Fou…
digital / Dragon's Eye

Ben Fleury-Steiner - Keep a We…
CD / Infraction

Kyle Bobby Dunn - A Young Pers…
2xCD / Low Point

BJNilsen - The Invisible City
CD / Touch

Robert Curgenven - Oltre
CD / Line

Minamo - Durée
CD / 12k

Ido Govrin - Moraine
CD / Interval

Corey Fuller - Seas Between
CDr / Dragon's Eye

Shinkei + mise_en_scene - Scyt…
CD / mAtter

I/DEX - Tetrapolar
digital / Foundamental Network

Henning Schmiedt - Wolken
CD / Flau

Werken - Sum
digital / Zymogen

Mika Vainio - Time Examined
Book + 2xCD / raster-noton

V/A - Emerging Organisms 3
2xCD / Tympanik Audio

Opposite Exhale - Nothing Last…
CD / Tympanik Audio

ESA - The Immaculate Manipulat…
CD / Tympanik Audio

Wouter Van Veldhoven - Mort Au…
CD / Mort Aux Vaches

Oren Ambarchi - Intermission 2…
CD / Touch

friends - CD, Vinyl, T-shirts