Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto. True appreciation of such intricate and sympathetic sonic delicacies calls for a learned ear, but hearing and recognizing the curious interplay in this sparse acoustic-electronic dialog is joyfully easy. Lovers of ambient, experimental and glitch styles will adore this.
Noto and Sakamoto’s musical dialogue stretches back to the beginning of the 21st century, when the duo began trading the files that ultimately became 2002’s Vrioon. They most recently collaborated on the soundtrack to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant. Their work there made the frozen wilderness of the film feel all the more bitter, and Glass, the live recording of that 2016 performance, pushes deeper into chilly abstraction. There’s a resonant center to Noto and Sakamoto’s work together in which stark timbres and abstract electronics ultimately turn heart-stirring. That sense slowly arises on Glass, a site-specific performance that utilizes Johnson’s building as an instrument itself. The music’s drifting forms scan as ambient, but rather than imbue a sense of calm, Glass evokes an intensifying sense of unease it evolves.
Listen free to Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Vrioon (Uoon I, Uoon II and more). During his first live tour in Japan, Carsten Nicolai met Ryuichi Sakamoto in Tokyo. A year after it happened that he was asked to remix material from Sakamoto for the Japanese magazine Code Unfinished. the material that was given to me was already layered with digital effects. From one little clean piano piece I made the first track. Those simple piano chords I combined with a clear rhythm constellation. somehow Ryuichi was very surprised and really liked my work.
There's an intense and cautious feeling to Sakamoto and Nicolai's approach, keeping everything at a constant volume and introducing changes only gradually. Glass is good for close listening, trading narrative for pure texture and mood. ☆½ ~ I think it's a good/enjoyable album overall, but at the same time many passages are kinda irregular or simply boring.
Vrioon Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto. This album has an average beat per minute of 106 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 67/120 BPM).
Vrioon is the debut collaboration album between Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, released in 2002. This is the first album in the Virus Series followed by four other records: Insen (2005), Revep (2006), utp (2008), and Summvs (2011). The initial letters of the five albums together form the word "Virus".