Alva Noto – Univrs (Raster-Noton – r-n 133-2)
Pff…dff…zhlkk…ghzz. A rational mind has spoken and composed fourteen interpretations on the theme “Uni”. Despite built on metallic loops and particle noise, the album sounds very sterile, coming like from a whitewashed, even clinical environment.
Among the tracks you find experiments with Balinese bells and asymmetric sound channels, will be exposed to the low bass strewn with Morse signals and followed by the hydraulic steps of a rhythm giant.
My favorite is “Uni Acronym”, a monotone cooperation with voice performer Anne-James Chaton, who recites three-letter-abbreviations like KGB, NGO, TGV, UPS, etc.
Occasionally reminding of Pan Sonic and Autechre, the album is a a fine example of machine rage. In this manifestation of pedantic conceptualism nothing seems to be accidental.