#6 For 2 – Alva Noto

Garment (For a Garment) really sets the stage for the album.  A repeating rhythmic, mechanical pattern builds through beginning, with very subtle drones in the background.  Halfway through the track, more pads enter, following a minimal progression and backed by more prevalent, but still sparse percussion.  There is a tremendous amount of space and clarity here, which really allows all the voices to come through.  Argonaut (For Heiner Muller) has a great dark woodwind feel at beginning.  It has the vibe of something from Aphex Twin’s SAW2, using repeating FM bell pattern and woody pad to great effect.  The sonic space is well represented – some sounds feel like they push the limits of human hearing in the higher registers.  Stalker (For Andrei Tarkovsky) was one of my favorite tracks: an off balanced high drones pair with minimal piano and deep bells.  The vocal sample used added a lot of tension.  It has a great feel to it.  The high repeating wash with digital drops of Sonolumi (For Camera Lucida) felt like some of Robert Rich’s work.  Alva Noto has crafted a vivid atmosphere through this album, with each track adding a new dimension to the world.

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