20 Years of Raster-Noton: Label Unveils Commemorative Book and Compilation

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
February 21, 2017

20 Years of Raster-Noton: Label Unveils Commemorative Book and Compilation

German label Raster-Noton is celebrating two decades of releases with a commemorative book and compilation.

source book 1 is a visual catalog of the imprint’s various releases and projects since 1996. While Raster-noton didn’t technically release music until 1999, its two parent labels Rastermusic and noton.archiv für ton und nichtton were both started in 1996.

A further exclusive part of the special publication is archiv 4, the accompanying compilation CD which can only be received with purchase of the book. Tracks in the compilation include work from some of the label’s most revered contributors, such as Alva Noto, Byetone, Frank Bretschneider, Kangding Ray, Emptyset, Senking, Grischa Lichtenberger, Kyoka, Atom™, Robert Lippok, Uneo Masaaki, and Anne-James Chaton.

While this is the first Raster-Noton book of its kinds, the label promises that more will follow, featuring “artist profiles, installations, composition techniques and sources of inspiration.”A cool and pretty unique element of the book is that it comes with a “modular design,” that is owners can remove and exchange pages and replace them with others, essentially updating the book manually. Watch a video teaser for the book here.

This has been a big year for Raster-Noton, who in the summer of 2016, toured extensively around the world as well as presented their »white circle« installation in venues such as the ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Halle am Berghain in Berlin. 2016 also saw the introduction of a younger generation of visionary artists to the label by releasing works from Grischa Lichtenberger, Kyoka, and Jesse Osborne-Lanthier.


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01 – kangding ray. silver (pruitt igoe prototype)
02 – emptyset. augur
03 – grischa lichtenberger. 0514_01 re 0809_20 1 barrg b
04 – alva noto. milan (for kostas murkudis)
05 – anne – james chaton. nisansala
06 – frank bretschneider. thermik
07 – senking. lug
08 – byetone. postpostrefabricated
09 – atomTM. flimmern
10 – robert lippok. textured
11 – kyoka. side to side (live rec version)
12 – ueno masaaki. building rain (prototype)

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