Over the past 20 years, raster-noton has become an institution in electronic music. More than a record label, raster-noton is a publishing platform that goes beyond disciplines and formats. The label was established in the mid-1990s with the intention of exploring the possibilities of computing as a tool to create sounds, graphics and moving images. raster-noton distinctive aesthetics are inspired by typography, geometry, mathematics and computing. This German label’s artistic creations are centred on music, design, installations and graphic and visual arts – form and content go inseparably hand in hand in their works.
Minimalism, experimentation and innovation – in raster-noton there is room for both club music producers and classical composers, or even noise pioneers. That variety and coherence is the reason why the activity of raster-noton is carried out naturally both in clubs and in art galleries. Their works have been acquired by museums like the MoMA or the Centre Pompidou, and, in 2000, they were awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica prize.
Founding members Carsten Nicolai and Olaf Bender will give a talk on the visual dimension of the label to commemorate its 20th anniversary. In addition, raster-noton will put on a showcase at Sónar 2016 featuring live shows by Alva Noto (Nicolai), Byetone (Bender) and Cyclo, a collaboration between Carsten Nicolai and Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda.
This talk will be moderated by the musician, composer, creative technologist and creator of the popular blog Create Digital Music, Peter Kirn.