insen ~ Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Nicolai works directly with the piano sounds, dismantling Sakamoto's recordings with "surgeon-like precision" into micro loops; into their atomic elements. Starting with these sound atoms, he creates a new basis for form, compressing, floating, and rotating rhythm with harmonic sequences and melodic counterpoints, and laying it underneath the piano tracks. This makes insen appear more complex, though the time-stretched flow and the clear lines of the piano stay untouched.
Like Eric Satie but contemporary
Soulful and cerebral in composition the groundbreaking and beautiful Insen by Alva Noto Ryuichi Sakamoto is a shared vision of acoustic and digital music that I deeply appreciate.
The expansive angel of time/space punctuated by ambient, minimal electronic acoustic soundscapes