Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – By This River (2011)

Set for CD release through Raster-Noton on May 9, it’s the duo’s fifth collaborative offering to date, and is billed as the final part in the series that began with 2002′s Vrioon. It’s characterised by Sakamoto’s haunting, minimalist piano lines and Noto’s electronic interventions. The three ‘Microon’ tracks apparently contain recordings of one of the 16 pianos in the world to use a 16th tone interval, built by the German company Sauter and currently housed in the music department of Berne University. There also not one but two instrumental interpretations of ‘By This River’, originally composed and recorded in ’77 by Eno, Roedelius and Moebius. [Source]







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