Alva Noto

~ Person

Legal name: Carsten Nicolai

Also performs as: Aleph-1, Noto


Carsten Nicolai is a German musician. He uses the stage names Alva Noto, Noto and Aleph-1. He is a member of the music groups Diamond Version with Olaf Bender (Byetone), Signal with Frank Bretschneider and Olaf Bender, Cyclo with Ryoji Ikeda, and Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto with Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Nicolai was born in Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany (then Karl-Marx-Stadt, Saxony, East Germany) in 1965. He studied architecture and landscape design before pursuing art. In 1999 he founded Raster-Noton.

Nicolai has recently written an opera, Sparkie: Cage and Beyond, in collaboration with Michael Nyman.

Nicolai has performed and created installations in many of the world's most prestigious spaces including the Guggenheim, New York, the SF MoMA, Modern Art Oxford, NTT Tokyo, Tate Modern and Venice Biennale, Italy. As a member (and co-founder) of the Raster-Noton label he was responsible for the acclaimed CD series '20 to 2000' that went on to win the Golden Nica prize at Prix Ars Electronica, 2000.

Carsten Nicolai also works as a visual artist. Using the principles of Cymatics he often visualizes sound. In 2013, Nicolai participated as a visual artist in Noise, an official collateral show of the 55th Venice Biennale of Art

  1. ^ a b Carsten Nicolai biography
  2. ^ "Linguistic budgie inspires opera". BBC News. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  3. ^ NOISE: an exhibition organized by De Arte Association, curated by Marisa Vescovo
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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Prototypes Alva Noto 1
2001 Transform Alva Noto 3
2006 For Alva Noto 1
2007 Xerrox, Volume 1 Alva Noto 1
2008 unitxt Alva Noto 1
2009 Xerrox, Volume 2 Alva Noto 1
2010 For 2 Alva Noto 1
2011 univrs Alva Noto 1
2012 Décade Anne-James Chaton, Alva Noto & Andy Moor 1
2015 Xerrox, Volume 3 Alva Noto 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 For 1 + 2 Alva Noto 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Mort aux Vaches: Raster-Noton Alva Noto / Signal / Byetone / Komet 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Opto Files Alva Noto + Opiate 1
2001 Uniform Alva Noto & Scanner 1
2002 Transrapid Alva Noto 2
2005 Transit Alva Noto 1
2005 Transspray Alva Noto 1
2005 Transvision Alva Noto 1

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