Alva Noto, Transall, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

A rare chance to hear two highly influential electronic composers and artists discuss their work. Internationally renowned for their musical and visual arts practices, Ikeda and Nicolai have pioneered ultra minimalist approaches to electronic composition. Sharing a fascination with the minutiae of sonic design, the characteristics of sound itself and its relationship with architectural space and human perception they work together on the project cyclo, which creates a new hybrid of visual art and music through real-time analysis of sound signals. In this informal talk, they discussed the cyclo project along with examples of their work.

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. He has exhibited and performed internationally, collaborated with Carsten Nicolai, William Forsythe and Hiroshi Sugimoto amongst others and his work matrix — hailed by critics as one of the most radical and innovative examples of contemporary electronic music — won the Golden Nica Award in 2001. His live performances and installations have been presented at venues including: Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Centre Pompidou, Paris. His albums +/- (1996), 0°C (1998) and matrix (2000) are considered to have pioneered the new minimal world of electronic music.

Berlin based visual artist/electronic musician and producer Carsten Nicolai performs and records using the pseudonym alva noto. He has performed and exhibited in many of the world’s most prestigious spaces including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York; San Francisco MOMA; NTT Tokyo; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin and the Venice Biennale. His exploration of the physicality of sound continues in his collaborations with Ryoji Ikeda, Mika Vainio, his celebrated recordings vrioon and insen with Ryuichi Sakamoto and in the pioneering raster-noton record label he co-founded. Nicolai won Ars Electronica Golden Nica prizes for Digital Music in 2000 and for Interactive Art in 2001.

Artist Talk: Ryoji Ikeda & Carsten Nicolai


Sat 4 March 2006, 11.30am

Tyneside Cinema

10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle NE1 6QG