Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Summvs (2011)

This is an interesting collaboration. Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, best know for his wonderful soundtrack work--"Little Buddha", "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence", and (I shit you not!) the start-up sound for the Dreamcast--is joined by Alva Noto.

Alva Noto is, in a way, germany's second Oval. Experimenting with glitchy electronic tones and textures, along with oscillators and samples of modems, he accents and rhythmicisizes Sakamoto's lush chordal soundscapes.

Sometimes full and rich with close-miked, reverbed piano and strings; sometimes minimal and electronic; sometimes almost inaudible; this is a very interesting ambient record. Never too much going on to overwhelm thought, but likewise, never so static as to bore.

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you thank you thank you, been looking for this everywhere. Have you heard the new sakamoto + fennesz album?... Beyond beautiful

  2. I love to see Alva Noto on here, but "Germany's Oval"?

    Oval *is* from Germany..

    Definitely an interesting collaboration, but by far the first. People with interest should go to and get one of the 4-5 other albums they've done together.

    PS: Thank you for revitalising the blog, WIll.

  3. Will says:

    @freakazoid: "Oval *is* from Germany.."

  4. Thank you very much for the upload!

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