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Alva Noto + s t a r g a z e

Xerrox Selected

Black and white photo of Carsten Nicolai from Alva Noto

Pan-European orchestral collective s t a r g a z e, conducted by André de Ridder, collaborates with electro-musician Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto for a live instrumental, audio-visual performance.

Alva Noto, one of the best-known representatives in the electronic music scene since the 1990s, composed the fourth part of his "Xerrox" series in 2020. Based on the concept of digital replication of source material, the "Xerrox" project deals with the manipulation of data (melodies) through endless reproduction. A process of making copies from copies, the sounds of which are changed in such a way that they can hardly be associated with the original material. This creates a sound spectrum of completely new sounds: Copies of originals become originals themselves. 

Now, Alva Noto joins forces with orchestral collective s t a r g a z e to realise an instrumental version of the "Xerrox" series, specially arranged for the ensemble. A multimedia work that combines music with video and light installations.

Start time: 8pm

Approximate running time: 75 mins, no interval.

Please note all timings are approximate and subject to change.

Produced by the Barbican


Co-commissioned by the Barbican, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, deSingel Antwerp, National Concert Hall Dublin and Helsinki Festival


Supported by the Goethe-Institut London

The Goethe Institut

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Electronic musician Alva Noto’s ‘Xerrox’ series is as expansive as the music itself. He tells James Drury he never intended the project to be so long-lasting, but that it’s transformed his practice.


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