Twenty years after its original release, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s minimalist masterpiece returns on NOTON

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Initially released in 2002, Vrioon is the debut collaboration album between Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto and the first installment of V.I.R.U.S.’s five albums series.

Remastered in 2021 in collaboration with Calyx Studio, the album’s record- ings are accompanied by a new composition titled ‘Landscape Skizze’, originally recorded in 2005 for ‘Matador I. Oriente’ by La Fábrica.

The seven recordings alternate palettes of piano chords, electronic tones and exquisitely quivering timbres. The feeling of expanse is palpable in the album’s clear rhythmic constellation as each piece reverberates alongside ample tenses, a dreamlike wash of sounds, and distant strings. Held stat- ic and absorbed by the pair’s interplay of microtonal shifts, Vrioon takes the listener through digital dust and vortices of weightless harmonics to resolve a rarified vibrancy in the closing piece. It is a record of refined reductionism, invoking reflective yet ephemeral structures, inundated by a timeless sense of contemplation.

In 2004, the record was named ‘Album of the year’ by the Wire Magazine.

在最初发行20年后,阿尔瓦-诺托和坂本龙一的极简主义杰作于2022年5月27日在NOTON回归。最初于2002年发行的《Vrioon》是阿尔瓦-诺托和坂本龙一的首张合作专辑,也是V.I.R.U.S.的五张专辑系列的第一部作品。在2021年与Calyx工作室合作进行了重制,专辑中的记录伴随着一个名为 “Landscape Skizze “的新作品,该作品最初于2005年为La Fábrica的 “Matador I. Oriente “录制。


2004年,这张唱片被《电线》杂志评为 “年度最佳专辑”。