Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol. 2 (Germany, 2009)


01 Xerrox Phaser Acat 1; 02 Xerrox Rin; 03 Xerrox Soma; 04 Xerrox Meta Phaser; 05 Xerrox Sora; 06 Xerrox Monophaser; 1 07 Xerrox Monophaser 2; 08 Xerrox Teion; 09 Xerrox Teion Acat; 10 Xerrox Tek Part 1; 11 Xerrox Monophaser 3

Quoted and translated from an interview Carsten did with German magazine art:
Could you explain this [Xerrox] project to us, seeing as Xerox is actually a copier?
Exactly! The copier is a metaphor. I've altered the name by adding another "r", so that it contains the word "error". In a way it has become corrupted by an error, a mistake. The idea behind this is digital copying. By changing formats, for instance when I rip an mp3 from a CD, I change the file format, everything gets converted into another environment and this entails a change of sound as well. For the common listener this may not even be audible at times, but when I choose a low bitrate, it's instantly recognizable. I think of copying from one format to another as a creative opportunity. You produce a copy of a copy and then copy the copy. This results in a sort of blur, there is interpolation, fragmentations, and errors creeping in. In the digital world it's called "glitch" when bits get squished to the extent that the bitrate of the files ends up so low that they barely know what they're supposed to play. It results in a data noise which still, however, contains the copied melodies.