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Alva Noto: Kinder der Sonne (Noton)

Referencing Maxim Gorky's plays Children of the Sun, Alva Noto, aka Carsten Nicola, developed this music for a theater piece titled Komplitzen (Accomplices) by Simon Stone, presented in fourteen compositions of lush electronics, rich atmospheres of tones & timbre, detailed glitch and glacial rhythms that create a wonderful sense of tension and release.

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UPC: 5057805569459

Label: Noton
Catalog ID: NOTON 058CD
Squidco Product Code: 33139

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 4 Panels
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Carsten Nicolai-composer, performer

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Kinder Der Sonne is the title of the new album by Alva Noto featuring music composed for the score of the theater piece Komplitzen by Simon Stone. The album title comes from Maxim Gorky's plays Children of the Sun, written in the context of the 1905 Russian Revolution. Simon Stone wrote the new play for the Burgtheater Ensemble, on the basis of this drama. Across fourteen compositions, Alva Noto's Kinder Der Sonne takes the listeners into a sonic journey of emotional tensions and release, reflecting the social upheavals of our days."-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. Kinder der Sonne (Intro) 4:02

2. Verlauf 3:42

3. Die Untergrundigen 8:17

4. Sehnsuchtsvoll 7:33

5. Ungewissheit im Sinus 6:11

6. Kinder der Sonne - Reprise 6:30

7. Unwohl 3:01

8. Sehnsuchtsvoll - Reverso 6:52

9. Ungewiss 6:40

10. Aufstand 5:26

11. Die Undergrundigen - Redux 4:56

12. Virus 5:02

13. Son 1:09

14. Nie anhaltender Strom 5:52

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