Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol. 1 [2LP]

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2016 repress; originally released in 2007. Gatefold sleeve. Originals are unique, be they
genetic codes or image and sound documents. Their copies are mere means of distribution.
To secure these originals from misuse is increasingly at issue in the 21st century. The essence
and potential of the copy, on the other hand, is mostly disregarded. In a world of constant
reproduction, only the replication counts as original; the single object is a sheer copy of the
prefiguration, which is abstract and becomes an icon. The uncountable number of multiplied
images confirms the original, but immediately the copy withdraws and assesses its own
value. By virtue of the mechanism of copying, the copy often contains mistakes and
abstractions that differ from the original. These simplifications and deformations inherent in
the copying process lead to a gradual loss of copies' connection to the original and result in
a substantial change of meaning. Although there is still a source, the original message
disperses in the white noise of reproduction. In the end, the observer can hardly discern
whether the origin is part of the information transferred; whether there is still an integral
material component of the original or if this can only be projected. This question remains
unanswered. What finally remains is the process of copying itself. It becomes a creative tool
by analytically accomplishing something new. The mutating copy provides space for
development; he copy becomes original again. Xerrox is the self-contained project of Alva
Noto, which, like his Transall series, is intended to be released in five parts. On Xerrox, Alva
Noto works with samples from muzak, advertising, soundtracks, and entertainment programs
-- sounds one hears randomly in everyday life in an ever-present and available kind of public
domain. With Xerrox, Alva Noto manipulates these recognizable melodic (micro-)structures
by the process of copying. He alienates them beyond recognition so the results manifest their
connection to the original only suggestively. The original is copied to the original. Alva noto
used several samples from these sources: Narita International Airport (Tokyo), AirFrance inflight
program, Lufthansa telephone wait-loop, Apollo Op?ra H?tel (Paris), Suizanso Hotel
(Yamaguchi, Japan), 7-Eleven (Tokyo), Forma (London), Reaktor, Xerrox
sample transformer designed by Carsten Nicolai and built by Christoph Br?nggel.
Mastered at Calyx Mastering.
A1. 10-22-38 Astoria
A2. Haliod Xerrox Copy 4
A3. 03-10-06 Astoria
A4. Haliod Xerrox Copy 3 (Paris)
B1. 03-10-06 Astoria 2
B2. Haliod Xerrox Copy 2 (Airfrance)
B3. Haliod Xerrox Copy 6
C1. 05-10-06 Astoria
C2. Haliod Xerrox Copy 11
C3. Haliod Xerrox Copy 1
D1. 02-10-06 Astoria 1
D2. Haliod Xerrox Copy 111
D3. 09-10-19 Astoria
D4. Haliod Xerrox Copy 9

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