On October 17, Carston Nicolai will release a new Alva Noto album through his label Raster-Noton.

Titled univrs, it explores similar themes to Nicolai’s 2008 Alva Noto album, unitxt. According to Raster-Noton’s press release, “whereas the focus of unitxt was on the processing of rhythmic patterns (‘unit’ = unit of measurement, element) and information (‘txt’ = data, language), with univrs the focus is on the conceptual differentiation of a universal language (‘universum/universal’ = unity, entirety)” [via Resident Advisor].

Even more fun: on ‘uni acronym’, Anne-James Chaton makes a guest appearance, reading a “random narrative” of three-letter acronyms.

The album also contains a visual element, based on the “real-time manipulation of software-generated test images by audio signals” which Nicolai achieved by means of a custom built “unitxt box.” This routine features in Alva Noto’s live performances of the album, and can be seen on a DVD that comes with a special edition version of univrs, which will be available through Raster-Noton’s website.


01. uni c
02. uni fac
03. uni asymmetric tone
04. uni rec
05. uni dia
06. uni iso
07. uni mode
08. uni acronym feat. Anne-James Chaton
09. uni asymmetric noises
10. uni deform
11. uni asymmetric III-IIII
12. uni syc
13. uni asymmetric sweep
14. uni pro



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