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An intriguing mixture of sparse piano chords and electronic washes, blips and clicks, at its best this album draws you into its web of sound. Minimal in the extreme, it has far more in common with some of the extremes of contemporary classical music than anything in the 'pop' field. But it is flawed. And the flaw lays in the electronics, which on occassion blend into each other, causing the tracks to loop round on themselves rather than journeying on. Despite this, Insen is a beautiful and original work which will reward those willing to invest time and concentration...


this album has a wonderful grip on me that soothes and stimulates the mind, with alva noto's glitch beats wonderfully fitting to the tempo of sakamoto's piano. i love this album.


Born: 18 September 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alva Noto is the pseudonym of German audio-visual artist Carsten Nicolai. Born in the east German city of Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1965, Nicolai first studied architecture and landscape design before pursuing an interest in the theoretical properties of sound and space. Resettling in Berlin in the early '90s, Nicolai founded the experimental music label Noton.Archiv Fuer Ton Und Nichtton as a platform for his conceptual and experimental musical concerns. Those concerns finally took shape as a 12-issue...
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