ALVA NOTO (Raster-Noton, Berlin)

German Electronic Music series 14

Sponsor: Goethe-Institut (China)

Icograda World Design Congress Beijing 2009 & the 1st Beijing Design Week

Partner : Yugong Yishan Club

the essence of pure electricity is made audible…

Berlin based visual artist/electronic musician Carsten Nicolai performs and records using the pseudonyms “Noto” and “Alva Noto”. Described as “metal machine music of a most beautiful kind”, Nicolai’s powerfully synaesthetic live performances combine minimal electronic sounds and real-time visualisation of sound as video or installation. Nicolai’s works captivate consistently through their elegance, simplicity and cool technicism.

Nicolai has performed and created installations in many of the world’s most prestigious spaces including The Guggenheim NYC, MOMA SF, MOMA Oxford, NTT Tokyo, and Biennale Venedig Italy. As a member of the Raster-Noton label he was responsible for the acclaimed CD series ‘20 to 2000’ that went on to win the Golden Nica prize at Prix Ars Electronica 2000.

“In Nicolai’s work neither music nor visual art are by-products of one another – the one calls the other into being” – Rob Young, modern painters, 2006

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