by Alva Noto
Released: Oct 2011
Carsten Nicolai's work as Alva Noto neatly straddles the line between art galleries and dance clubs, using techno's repetitive structures to explore some pretty abstruse concepts about technology and technology and representation. The follow-up to 2008's Unitxt, a treatise on data in its molecular form, Univrs is said to focus "on the conceptual differentiation of a universal language." Whatever that means, it's a fascinating fusion of techno-inspired rhythms and queasy digital drones.