Alva Noto & Scanner - Uniform


Alva Noto & Scanner

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Alva Noto & Scanner - Uniform

A limited issue CD put out by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition "010101: Art in Technological Times". "A collaborative performance between Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) and Scanner.We performed a three hour set for the opening of the exhibition, and the CD is a twenty six minute edited-down version of this performance. After the show, we emailed files back and forth to each other, edited, tweaked and finessed the capsule and came up with this CD. Carsten designed the digipak, a visual remix of the recent 'Vrioon' release with citric intensity. A continuous 26 minute low end rumble with microscopic clicks, fuzzy static with lost and stolen dialogue. A complete sonic success to test drive the bass cones.


"Last March's live jam between the London-based electronic artist known as Scanner and Berlin's Alva Noto is now out on CD under the title Uniform. The two sound artists performed in the atrium of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) for the March 3 opening of 010101: Art in Technological Times, a major exhibition dedicated to net art and digital expression that runs through July 8.

The recording — an improvised set performed on PowerBook and assorted electronics, and edited for release — marks the first collaboration between the two artists, both of whom are well known for work that incorporates a broad spectrum of audiovisual elements and communication technologies. Scanner, AKA Robin Rimbaud, gained his reputation in the mid-'90s, crafting ambient techno punctuated with recordings of intercepted mobile phone conversations. However, his recent work has gravitated toward visual stimuli: for 010101, for instance, Rimbaud also performed a live accompaniment to Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 film Alphaville.

Alva Noto is the beat-oriented moniker of Berlin artist Carsten Nicolai, who records granular ambient music as Noto and has exhibited sound, visual and installation works under his own name in such diverse venues as Brooklyn's P.S.1 and Kassel's Documenta X. Nicolai won the Ars Electronica Golden Nica prize for his series 20' to 2000, a monthly CD magazine released in 1999, to which Rimbaud also contributed.

The 25-minute CD, which saunters through a fluid field of clicks, buzzes, and whirrs, more immediately reflects Nicolai's microsonic investigations than Rimbaud's more techno-influenced work. Still, the warm tone washes and vocal fragments on the disc's second half will be immediately familiar to fans of the latter's work. Uniform is currently available exclusively through SFMOMA — both online and at the museum store. "— Philip Sherburne The Wire


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