Album Review

Cyclo – “Cyclo” – [Raster-Noton]

Belladonna   6/8/2011   A Library, CD

From Raster-Noton, home of Alva Noto comes Cyclo which sounds just like….Alva Noto!
This release bears such a striking resemblance to Noto’s “Unitxt” release that at first I really thought there was a labeling issue. Cyclo is Carsten Nicolai and Ryoji Ikeda, two master minimalists and sound composers and clearly contemporaries of Noto. These artists have developed a database of sound composed to produce visual responses when analyzed in real time with the help of stereo imaging monitoring equipment (see insert for interesting details). This release will be followed with a publication and extensive presentation of their visuals. This test tone brain bleep blows my mind. The repetitive rhythmic sounds and screeches wrap around my brain in the best possible way. If you love Alva Noto, then you will LOVE this slightly grittier release.

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