Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Aleph-1 - Aleph-1

Aleph-1 is a new moniker chosen by Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto, Noto) to reach another stage of his work-in-progress.
This term refers to the Continuum Hypothesis formulated by Georg Cantor (1845-1918), a mathematician who proposed the numerical theory of infinite sets which expand numbers to infinite possibilities.
In order to transpose this into music, Carsten sketches “Aleph-1” on a layer of rhythm weaved with melodic inserts, which produces an iterative, circular effect controlled by a sense of mathematical precision.
The eight tracks have an end (or not, considering that the listener has the possibility to reproduce them infinitely: to have an idea, just try to play looping one), but this end doesn’t preclude their capability of extension into a spatial and temporal dimension.
It’s a work that requires several listenings to assimilate the spirit and the intentions which animate it.
The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the first uncountable cardinal, towards the infinity…

Label: iDEAL Recordings
Cat. #: iDEAL048CD
Format: CD / 2xLP
Release date: 2007

01 - 1 C A a 01x (07:46)
02 - 1 C A b 05 (02:24)
03 - 1 C A c 08.2.2 (07:56)
04 - 1 C A d 04 (03:36)
05 - 1 C A e 02 (08:50)
06 - 1 C A f 0.2n 1 (05:36)
07 - 1 C A g 08. 4s (08:55)
08 - 1 C A h 09 (03:40)

iDEAL Recordings

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