An incredibly physical live recording of Mika Vainio + Ryoji Ikeda + Alva Noto in Newcastle UK, from 2002. With each artist at plugged directly into the mains. Live 2002 features eleven movements of rolling techstep techno and crushing mechanical noise counterpoints, each one set to shred speakers where ever it is let loose.
Having been left cooking in the Noton vaults for a decade and a half, the aptly titled Live 2002 captures the audacity and acidity of each artist's musical presence perfectly. Directly interlocking rhythms fed into each other with a crushing intensity that we imagine mirrored the stern expressions on the faces of the trio, lit up from the laptops they used to perform.
This mechanical maze of rippling electro currents traverses the darker corners of a club that chances are had to replace its speakers sometime shortly after this recording took place. As you would imagine it's a feedback-drenched maze acting like the audio equivalent of the mass of wires and cables surrounding Mika Vainio + Ryoji Ikeda + Alva Noto as the sounds eat you up.
Live 2002 is the only known recording of this, for want of a better phrase "supergroup" and sadly, will forever remain that way. Yet massive respect to Noton for making it available. A near perfectly captured moment in time from this vanguard of electronic music.