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alva noto-xerrox vol 2 2lp (raster-noton)

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alva noto: xerrox vol 2

ltd repress. Alva Noto's Xerrox Vol. 2 undertakes an intense journey and affords the luxury to take its time. While Xerrox Vol. 1 referred to the old world, with its tradition deeply rooted in classical music, Xerrox Vol. 2 tries to access a new world. It works with samples that have been gathered and developed in the USA -- the so-called new world -- where the album was almost completely recorded. The dramatic and dynamic approach of Xerrox Vol. 1 has been replaced by a structural density on Xerrox Vol. 2. Instead of working with individual musical entities, Vol. 2 instead develops a linear aesthetic that refers to musical strategies of film music. Hence there are no implicitly singular pieces, but open musical structures -- a journey without a predetermined target. The first four tracks of Xerrox Vol. 2 actually condense into one track, using samples of Michael Nyman and Stephen O'Malley. They combine to form a sort of soundtrack before fading away in a swell of reverb feedback. "Xerrox Sora" is a rudimentary piece from Alva Noto's collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto, which originates from and was performed as an encore during the 2004 Insen tour. Continuing with "Xerrox Monophaser 2," the album creates a dense and interweaved complexity that only gradually unfolds its depth. While "Xerrox Teion" dissolves in the process of copying into another sample rate, "Xerrox Teion Acat" again tends to re-condense its quality. Xerrox Vol. 2 seems to be more playful than Xerrox Vol. 1; following the approach of a live set, it is not so much obligated to a theoretical concept. Therefore it intends to break a static framework before it gets too restricted. The 11 tracks of Xerrox Vol. 2 serve as documents of an immediately experienced time or as attempts to unfold in an endless space. In this sense, Xerrox Vol. 2 comes close to the idea of the Aleph-1 project (R-N 087LP), which tried to disappear rather than occupy an endless space. Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering.

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