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Alva Noto: HYbr:ID Vol. 1 (Noton)

The first installment in a new series from Alva Noto, aka Carsten Nicola, bringing together heterogeneous composition methods that aim to merge astrophysics phenomena, fiction, and performance movements, inspired by cinematic visual techniques and static images portraying scientific events; includes graphic inserts of notations informed by the album's sonic and acoustic code.
 

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Album art designed by i. Nibo mastering by Bo @ Calyx. Includes insert cards of graphic notation.

UPC: 5057805569428

Label: Noton
Catalog ID: NOTON 056CD
Squidco Product Code: 31249

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 4 Panels w/ inserts

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"HYbr:ID Vol. 1 is the first installment of a new series of Alva Noto's works bringing together heterogeneous composition methods. HYbr:ID Vol. 1 captures the music commissioned for the score of "Oval", the choreographic piece directed by Richard Siegal and performed by the Staatsballett Berlin at the Berlin State Opera in 2019.

The process of creating HYbr:ID Vol. 1 was defined by the search for a form to bind astrophysics phenomena, fiction, and performance movements. Its narrative is inspired by cinematic visual techniques and static images portraying scientific events which also inspired the titles of the nine compositions. The music possesses a dilated rhythmic base contributing to the images of gravity and spatiality. At points static is used with an ornate, delicate intricacy.

The album's sonic spectrum builds with deep sub-bass, gloomy sonics, spacious sound design, and inorganic ambiance that is gently coerced with artistic finesse. The nine compositions are accompanied by graphic notations informed by the album's sonic and acoustic codes. "-Noton

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Album art designed by i. Nibo mastering by Bo @ Calyx. Includes insert cards of graphic notation.

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 (http://carstennicolai.com/?c=biography)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. HYbr:ID oval hadron I 2:40

2. HYbr:ID oval hadron II 4:48

3. HYbr:ID oval blackhole 7:30

4. HYbr:ID oval random 3:00

5. HYbr:ID oval spin 7:09

6. HYbr:ID oval asimoo 5:27

7. HYbr:ID oval collider 6:19

8. HYbr:ID oval p-dance 4:16

9. HYbr:ID oval noise 4:01

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