Alva Noto ‎– Transform

Mille Plateaux ‎– mp 102
CD, Album


Transform • Modules 1-10
1 m 01 5:50
2 m 02 3:37
3 m 03 10:09
4 m 04 6:26
5 m 05 4:43
6 m 06 5:36
7 m 07 4:58
8 m 08 5:27
9 m 09 7:45
10 m 10 2:41

Companies, etc.



Transform • 2001• Modules 1-10.

All sounds by Carsten Nicolai, mastered at Calyx.
Courtesy Raster-Noton, Archiv für Ton und Nichtton.
Published by Mille Plateaux 2001.
Made in France.

Released in Digipak.
Some copies came with a shrinkwrap sticker with barcode and distribution info.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text - Sticker): 7 18752 31022 2
  • Label Code: lc 10521
  • Matrix / Runout: [MPO logo] MP102 @@@ 01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L033
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1203

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
R-N 79-2 Alva Noto Transform Collector Edition(CD, Album, RE, RM, Ltd) Raster-Noton R-N 79-2 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
r-n 079 Alva Noto Transform(CD, Album, RE, RM) Raster-Noton r-n 079 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
mp 102 Alva Noto Transform(2xLP, Album) Mille Plateaux mp 102 Germany 2001 Sell This Version



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November 10, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

Complete digital abstraction from Alva Noto on his album TRANSFORM. I'm not exactly sure what he's transforming, but the contrasting high and low tones that preface the rhythmic thrums of "M 01" suggest it's sound itself. The computerized soundscapes that emerge on the album reject traditional notions of melody; instead, it embraces a sense of pure sound. So even though you may imagine a night time scene with crickets while listening to "M 03," the composition leaves itself open to interpretation. The click rhythms of "M 04" impose an appealing structure to the track, and the symphony of buzzing on "M 05" almost become song-like. The bits of harshness in "M 08" harken back to the good ol' days of industrial, while "M 09" almost sounds like Autechre, but less dense. The overall effec is -- needless to say -- chilly to the extreme, but the cerebral nature of the music itself justifies the coldness.