Alva Noto – HYbr:ID Vol. 1 (Noton, LP/CD/digital)

It almost seems as if Carsten Nicolai is perceived worldwide primarily for his audiovisual installation art and hardly any more for the music he has been releasing for decades under the name Alva Noto, so »HYbr:ID Vol. 1« serves as a welcome reminder that he is still going strong as a music producer, too. The nine pieces were written for the dance performance »Oval,« which was performed in 2019 by the Staatsballett Berlin under the direction of Richard Siegal, and are therefore characterised by rhythms which are discreetly woven into the cool, smooth sound design.