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Alva Noto + Opiate


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Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) collaboration with Thomas Knak (Opiate).

Thomas Knak (AKA Opiate) is one of the most acclaimed artists from Denmark. In the early ’90s he started as a DJ, establishing himself as one of the first to bring ambient, electronica and drum and bass to the clubs. As a key figure in electronic music field, he has been working on several projects like compiling the “Boredom Is Deep and Mysterious” series with Anders Remmer (Dub Tractor), his own band Future 3 and solo as Opiate. Since 1999, he is running his own label Hobby Industries, his debut “Objects for an Ideal Home” has been considered as an electronic landmark. Among the people to recognize his talent outside Denmark are Björk, Bomb the Bass, Piano Magic and Carsten Nicolai (AKA Noto). Thomas has since worked with all of them in different collaborations. Tracks from Future 3 were remixed by musicians like Coldcut.

His release on Raster-Noton came into being through an e-mail contact. Files had been exchanged and the material had been remixed, so a compact disc with lyrical elements had been created. Digital sounds arise “satisfied” abstract melodies without getting lost in playroom charm. The mixture between Noto’s mathematic structures and Opiate’s pop qualities is well done, the EP spreads out a dark warmth which follows the typical Static Series sound.


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