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Alva Noto
Xerrox Vol. 4
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Release Date
June 19, 2020

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The Xerrox series is one of the jewels of Alva Noto’s vaunted and extensive discography. Much like William Basinski’s famous Disintegration Loops, the Xerrox releases find Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) copying and re-copying samples until they have morphed into something entirely different. Basinski used this method to create ghostly ambiences, and there are similar sounds to be found across Xerrox Vol. 4. A few of the cuts are built around similarly beatific fugs, though in Nicolai’s hands these are laced with sparse synth lines and little flushes of bass.

Nicolai also varies the theme throughout the record. The tracks at the beginning of the album appear to have been treated a little more heavily than those later on - their textures are refined in a way that makes one think of Alva Noto’s beautiful cover of The Cure’s ‘A Forest’, while the glitchy processing that ruffles the corners of some numbers has a faint whiff of Oval about it. As the album wears on we also find some more fractured sounds being introduced here, with static crackles and pensive, almost industrial murmurs freighting the dreamscapes Nicolai delivers.

The fourth instalment of Alva Noto’s Xerrox series once again finds the artist creating a set of perfectly imperfect copies.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Xerrox Kirlian 6:12 Buy
  2. 2 Xerrox Neige 4:56 Buy
  3. 3 Xerrox Voyage 3:50 Buy
  4. 4 Xerrox Plongee 5:36 Buy
  5. 5 Xerrox Cosmos 3:52 Buy
  6. 6 Xerrox Ile 6:24 Buy
  7. 7 Xerrox Argo 5:32 Buy
  8. 8 Xerrox Calypsoid 1 4:33 Buy

    Xerrox Calypsoid 1

  9. 9 Xerrox Canaux 4:14 Buy
  10. 10 Xerrox Utopia 3:06 Buy
  11. 11 Xerrox Sans Retour 4:26 Buy

    Xerrox Sans Retour

  12. 12 Xerrox Calypsoid 2 11:06 Buy

    Xerrox Calypsoid 2

  13. 13 Xerrox Apesanteur 4:32 Buy

    Xerrox Apesanteur

  14. 14 Xerrox Neant 2:54 Buy


  1. Alva Noto - Xerrox Kirlian (00:06:12)
  2. Alva Noto - Xerrox Neige (00:04:55)
  3. Alva Noto - Xerrox Voyage (00:03:50)
  4. Alva Noto - Xerrox Plongée (00:05:36)
  5. Alva Noto - Xerrox Cosmos (00:03:52)
  6. Alva Noto - Xerrox Île (00:06:24)
  7. Alva Noto - Xerrox Argo (00:05:32)
  8. Alva Noto - Xerrox Calypsoid 1 (00:04:32)
  9. Alva Noto - Xerrox Canaux (00:04:13)
  10. Alva Noto - Xerrox Utopia (00:03:06)
  11. Alva Noto - Xerrox Sans Retour (00:04:23)
  12. Alva Noto - Xerrox Calypsoid 2 (00:11:06)
  13. Alva Noto - Xerrox Apesanteur (00:04:32)
  14. Alva Noto - Xerrox Néant (00:02:54)

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