Alva Noto

Real Name:
Carsten Nicolai
Profile:
Carsten Nicolai is a German artist and musician based in Berlin. For his musical outputs he uses the pseudonym Alva Noto. Born 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt he is part of an artist generation who works intensively in the transitional area between music, art and science. 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.

NOTON is a label founded in 1994 by Carsten Nicolai as a small imprint becoming active in 1996 with the release of noto “spin” record. In the same year the collaboration with RasterMusic begun and by 1999 the two labels merged into Raster-Noton. By 2017 NOTON starts working independently releasing all back catalogue of Alva Noto and currently planning future releases. 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, Grammy and Critics Choice Award.

His musical œuvre echoes in his work as a visual artist. Carsten Nicolai 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. 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.
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mp 82 Alva Noto - Prototypes album art Alva Noto Prototypes (Album) Mille Plateaux mp 82 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
cdr 040 Alva Noto - Opto Files album art Alva Noto + Opiate Alva Noto + Opiate - Opto Files (MiniAlbum) Raster-Noton cdr 040 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
mp 102 Alva Noto - Transform album art Alva Noto Transform (Album) Mille Plateaux mp 102 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
none Alva Noto - Mort Aux Vaches album art Alva Noto / Signal / Byetone / Komet Alva Noto / Signal / Byetone / Komet - Mort Aux Vaches(2xCD, Ltd) Mort Aux Vaches none Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version
LINE_026, 026 Alva Noto - For album art Alva Noto For (Album) Line, Line LINE_026, 026 US 2006 Sell This Version
R-N 78 Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol.1 album art Alva Noto Xerrox Vol.1 (Album) Raster-Noton R-N 78 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
r-n 095, r-n 95 Alva Noto - Unitxt album art Alva Noto Unitxt (Album) Raster-Noton, Raster-Noton r-n 095, r-n 95 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
R-N 103 Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol.2 album art Alva Noto Xerrox Vol.2 (Album) Raster-Noton R-N 103 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
LINE_044 Alva Noto - For 2 album art Alva Noto For 2 (Album) Line, Line LINE_044 US 2010 Sell This Version
R-N 133 Alva Noto - Univrs album art Alva Noto Univrs (Album) Raster-Noton R-N 133 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
R-N 135 Alva Noto - Décade album art Anne-James Chaton With Alva Noto And Andy Moor (2) Anne-James Chaton With Alva Noto And Andy Moor (2) - Décade(CD, Album, Ltd, Boo) Raster-Noton R-N 135 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
R-N 159-2 Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol.3 album art Alva Noto Xerrox Vol.3 (Album) Raster-Noton R-N 159-2 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
399 786-2 Alva Noto - The Revenant (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto & Bryce Dessner Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto & Bryce Dessner - The Revenant (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Milan 399 786-2 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
N-043 Alva Noto - Live 2002 album art Mika Vainio + Ryoji Ikeda + Alva Noto Mika Vainio + Ryoji Ikeda + Alva Noto - Live 2002 (Album) Noton N-043 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
N-045, N045, N 045 Alva Noto - Unieqav album art Alva Noto Unieqav (Album) Noton N-045, N045, N 045 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
N-047 Alva Noto - Alphabet album art Alva Noto + Anne-James Chaton Alva Noto + Anne-James Chaton - Alphabet (Album) Noton N-047 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
ML 141 Alva Noto - Gaia125 album art Kai Grehn / Alva Noto Kai Grehn / Alva Noto - Gaia125(LP, Blu + LP, S/Sided, Etch, Bro + Album, Ltd) Major Label (2) ML 141 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
N-049-1 Alva Noto - Xerrox, Vol. 4 album art Alva Noto Xerrox, Vol. 4 (Album) Noton N-049-1 Germany 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

vyr051 Alva Noto - Transrapid album art Alva Noto Transrapid(12", Tra) Raster-Noton vyr051 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
r-n 63 Alva Noto - Transspray album art Alva Noto Transspray (EP) Raster-Noton r-n 63 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
r-n 62 Alva Noto - Transvision album art Alva Noto Transvision (EP) Raster-Noton r-n 62 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
r-n 61 Alva Noto - Transrapid album art Alva Noto Transrapid (EP) Raster-Noton r-n 61 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
EN/OF 029 Alva Noto - Transit album art Alva Noto Transit(12", Ltd) En/Of EN/OF 029 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
MM142, 142 mm Alva Noto - Leaves Of Grass album art Iggy Pop / Tarwater / Alva Noto Iggy Pop / Tarwater / Alva Noto - Leaves Of Grass (EP) Morr Music, Morr Music MM142, 142 mm Germany 2016 Sell This Version
7332334436044 Alva Noto - Moln (Alva Noto Remodel) album art Menke, Alva Noto Menke, Alva Noto - Moln (Alva Noto Remodel) (Single) Cosmos (4) 7332334436044 Sweden 2018

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samman28

samman28

September 10, 2019
recently confirmed on his instagram -- xerrox volume 4 is coming next year, it seems!!
dalakouras

dalakouras

May 11, 2017
Simply put, this is the state of the art, the sound of modern ambient electronica. I know of no other artist pushing the frontiers that far with each new release.
AllyKarate

AllyKarate

October 24, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
I saw Carsten Nicolai at Sonar this year and I think it was the most enjoyable set I saw (possibly a close second to Pan Sonic). He was playing in the MACBA building which is quite big and echoey which may have contributed to the immense sound he was making. Crackling, clicking, buzzing energy. There was almost, dare I say it, an element of funk. Just fantastic and I'd love to see him play again.

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