Sleeping Dogs Lie 09jul10: Alva Noto

Restock. Well, I’ve now had time to absorb what is easily and unequivocally one of the most important releases of 2007 and the more I listen to it the more impressed I am. Not only does ones sense of time become severely dislocated whilst listening to it, but the sheer magnitude of the production is simply breathtaking. I was lucky enough to witness ‘Xerrox’ performed live at the Tate Modern last year and to say that this recording lives up to me expectations is a massive understatement. Carsten Nicolai has taken the seemingly innocuous background noise from various places and locations and transformed them into grainy works of sheer electronic genius with the shorter, fragmented interlude tracks forming natural links to the longer, more sculptural works. Classical, muzak, electronic tones and more are all treated with the greatest of care and once the pieces are in full flow you can expect to be utterly spellbound, awestruck and amazed by this man’s incredibly detailed work. Hyperbole is one thing… this isquite something else. Timeless, brilliant, incredibly atmospheric… say a big hello to one of the greatest Raster releases ever. Highly, highly recommended. (Smallfish Records)

01. Alva Noto: “10-22-38 Astoria” (0:19) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
02. Alva Noto: “Haliod Xerrox Copy 4” (3:53) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
03. Alva Noto: “03-10-06 Astoria” (0:38) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
04. Alva Noto: “Haliod Xerrox Copy 3 (Paris)” (11:17) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
05. Alva Noto: “03-10-06 Astoria 2” (0:36) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
06. Alva Noto: “Haliod Xerrox Copy 2 (Airfrance)” (5:07) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
07. Alva Noto: “Haliod Xerrox Copy 6” (6:40) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
08. Alva Noto: “05-10-06 Astoria” (0:22) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
09. Alva Noto: “Haliod Xerrox Copy 11” (3:40) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
10. Alva Noto: “Haliod Xerrox Copy 1” (9:16) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
11. Alva Noto: “02-10-06 Astoria 1” (0:52) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
12. Alva Noto: “Haliod Xerrox Copy 111” (7:56) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
13. Alva Noto: “09-10-19 Astoria” (0:18) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)
14. Alva Noto: “Haliod Xerrox Copy 9” (11:04) from “Xerrox Vol.1” (2007)