Friday, 7 August 2009



01 AUTECHRE Windwind
02 ELICA Όμορφοι Άνθρωποι
03 SHUTTLE358 Broom
04 NOTO code
05 ELLEN ALLIEN & APPARAT Turbo Dreams
06 AIR FRANCE Collapsing At Your Doorstep
07 NIBO 25461604859430853501412845836947
08 GOLDFRAPP Meeting In the Moors
09 BEN FROST Stomp
10 ELLEN ALLIEN Sehnsucht
11 AKIRA RABELAIS Palinode II
12 SIGNAL Malimo
13 VLADISLAV DELAY Stand-Alone (Reprise)
14 SIGNAL Vibra-Lab
15 ELLEN ALLIEN & APPARAT Jet
16 STEVE STOLL Deep Substance
17 LAWRENCE ENGLISH Swan
18 ESTER BRINKMANN Wenn du nicht mehr lachen kannst
19 GLOBAL COMMUNICATION 5:23
20 CRYSTAL CASTLES Tell Me What to Swallow
21 ILPO VÄISÄNEN 0'51"

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Nosei Sakata (*0) + Richard Chartier - 0/r (Japan & USA, 1999)


This collaboration was realized in 1999 via mail between the US and Japan. Raw tones and sounds were sent on minidisc to Chartier and returned to Sakata with new and altered material made from the original sounds. This exchange continued several times, as indicated by the track titles. The CD also includes two tracks "r" and "0" which are original solo works by each artist. Here's a slightly more illustrative review of the record. 0/r is also mentioned in Kim Cascone's essay "The Aesthetics of Failure," a recommendable read on the stylistic origins and development of glitch and microsound with references to the Italian Futurist movement of the early 20th century and Cagean silence. Find it here.

"Nosei Sakata, who records under the moniker *0, is from Tokyo, Japan. He is part of the new wave of japanese minimalists exploring computerized anti-music and the conceptual aspect of implied silence. *0 means “multiplied by zero” hence all answers to such a calculation are zero, and as a result *0 means “nothing”. The main concept of *0’s works centers around the Japanese thought of “mu”(nothing)... creating all things from an implied nothing.

Richard Chartier, minimal sound artist/composer and graphic designer, has recorded critically acclaimed recordings for Trente Oiseaux (Germany), LINE (USA), Meme (Japan), Fallt (Ireland), as well as collaborative works with [William Basinski] and Taylor Deupree, and has been featured on a number of international compilations including [the] comprehensive Clicks & Cuts 2 (Mille Plateaux, Germany). [...] Chartier’s work explores the relationship between sound, silence and the act of listening." (quoted from 12k)

Quality ranges from 128 to 160 kbps, sorry. Headphones are still mandatory, though. ;-)

01 0r
02 0/r
03 r/0
04 0/r/0
05 0/r/0
06 r/0
07 0/r
08 0/r/0
09 0
10 0/r/0
11 r/0
12 r
13 0/r/0/r