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Xerrox Vol. 4 [VINYL 2 LPs ]

Alva Noto: Xerrox Vol. 4 [VINYL 2 LPs ] (Noton)

The 4th of 5 Xerox releases from electronic and sound composer Carsten Nicolai, based on the concept of digital replication of source material, Nicolai replicates his recordings and utilizes their changes, in Volume 4 creating melodic ambient works, warm tones that are colored and affected by subtle texture, creating a beautiful set of 14 cinematic expressions.

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UPC: 5057805471226

Label: Noton
Catalog ID: NOTON 049LP
Squidco Product Code: 29328

Format: 2 LPs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Germany
Packaging: Double LP in a Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded in Berlin, Germany, in 2020.


Carsten Nicolai-composer

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Alva Noto returns to his much awaited Xerrox project with Vol. 4, the fourth installment of the five-piece intended series based on the concept of digital replication of source material.

Using the process of copying as a basis, the Xerrox series deals with the manipulation of data by means of endless reproduction. Due to the inherent fallacy of the procedure involving the making of copies made from other copies, everyday sounds become so altered that they can be hardly associated with the source material. As a result, entirely new sounds are created: copies of originals become originals themselves.

Following Xerrox Vol. 1 (R-N 078CD/LP, 2007), Vol. 2 (R-N 103LP, 2009), Vol. 3 (R-N 159CD/LP, 2015), Carsten Nicolai continues the pentalogy eluding the accuracy and precise sound design for which he's renowned, and turning to a more harmony-driven composition technique. Unlike the previous Xerrox albums, whose starting point is a set of samples extracted from external sources and fragments of recordings, Vol. 4 compounds under a unified cinematic soundscape, warm chords, thrumming digital ambiences, liquified electronics, drones, and noise sustained by floods of strings.

The tension between the organic warmth and static curves, broad tones into distant roars and electronic cascade of sounds. While Alva Noto's oeuvre is predominantly affiliated with pristine sound design, Xerrox holds more intimate gestures and emotional sensibility. This fourth volume shuns further from the conceptualism and orderliness of prior musical outputs, ranging from heart-warming elegies to mind-bending sci-fi projections in extrasolar territories."-Raster-Noton

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Artist Biographies

"Carsten Nicolai, born 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, is a German artist and musician based in Berlin. He is part of an artist generation who works intensively in the transitional area between music, art and science. In his work he seeks to overcome the separation of the sensory perceptions of man by making scientific phenomenons like sound and light frequencies perceivable for both eyes and ears. Influenced by scientific reference systems, Nicolai often engages mathematic patterns such as grids and codes, as well as error, random and self-organizing structures. His installations have a minimalistic aesthetic that by its elegance and consistency is highly intriguing. After his participation in important international exhibitions like documenta X and the 49th and 50th Venice Biennale, Nicolai's works were shown worldwide in extensive solo and group exhibitions.

His artistic œuvre echoes in his work as a musician. For his musical outputs he uses the pseudonym Alva Noto. With a strong adherence to reductionism he leads his sound experiments into the field of electronic music creating his own code of signs, acoustics and visual symbols. Together with Olaf Bender and Frank Bretschneider he is co-founder of the label 'raster-noton. archiv für ton und nichtton'. Diverse musical projects include remarkable collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda (cyclo.), Blixa Bargeld or Mika Vainio. Nicolai toured extensively as Alva Noto through Europe, Asia, South America and the US. Among others, he performed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London. Most recently Nicolai scored the music for Alejandro González Iñárritu's newest film, 'The Revenant' which has been nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics Choice Award."

-Carsten Nicolai Website (

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Track Listing:


1. Xerrox Kirlian 6:12

2. Xerrox Neige 4:56

3. Xerrox Voyage 3:50

4. Xerrox Plongee 5:36


1. Xerrox Cosmos 3:52

2. Xerrox Ile 6:24

3. Xerrox Argo 5:32


1. Xerrox Calypsoid 1 4:33

2. Xerrox Canaux 4:14

3. Xerrox Utopia 3:06

4. Xerrox Sans Retour 4:26


1. Xerrox Calypsoid 2 11:06

2. Xerrox Apesanteur 4:32

3. Xerrox Neant 2:54

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