The creative label founded in 1996 by Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Bender and Frank Brettschneider (which combined two existing labels: Rastermusic and noton.archiv für ton und nichtton) is often regarded as a genre in itself. All aspects of its output, from the strictly musical, to the packaging design or production of live performances, have a rigor, consistency, strength worthy of the unanimous respect and praise it receives, and its influence has been crucial in the evolution techno and experimental electronica in Europe. The label, whose catalogue now exceeds 150 totemic releases, clearly identifies with a minimalist sound aesthetic where exploration an essential part of the creative process, achieving staggering levels of quality in each of its movements. 2016 will see them celebrate their 20-year anniversary with a showcase at Sónar, with whom they have maintained a close relationship over many years. Three of its label mainstays will perform: Alva Noto (the solo project from Carsten Nicolai), Byetone (Olaf Bender) and Cyclo (Nicolai & Ryoji Ikeda).
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