Monday, November 21, 2011

monday moods: raster-noton

from kangding ray's emotive OR, to summvs - a delicately triumphant collaboration between alva noto and ryuichi sakamoto, to alva noto's powerful, cerebral experiments on his solo album univrs, 2011 has been another excellent year full of advanced electronics on the raster-noton label. now wrapping up its 15th year of operation (with vladislav delay's first album on the label set for release soon), i think it's as good a time as ever to do a dive into raster-noton's back catalog...

and so i highly recommend you check out this beautiful mix from secret thirteen, aka S13, created earlier in the year. it's called R∞N, and it's a 15-track, 52-minute collection of raster noton material dated from 1996 to 2009. listen and download here. i've given R∞N multiple regular listens over the course of the past half-year or so, and the level of depth and texture in all of these sounds never ceases to amaze me. perfect stuff for late nights. if you are looking for a reason to check out what raster-noton has been up to recently, or to dive into the music of byetone, mika vainio and others who have been associated with the label (or to check out the very nice sounds at S13), this is a very persuasive statement.

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