Alva Noto, Born 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt he is part of an artist generation who works intensively in the transitional area between music, art and science. With a strong adherence to reductionism he leads his sound experiments into the field of electronic music creating his own code of signs, acoustics and visual symbols.

NOTON is a label founded in 1994 by Carsten Nicolai as a small imprint becoming active in 1996 with the release of noto “spin” record. In the same year the collaboration with RasterMusic begun and by 1999 the two labels merged into Raster-Noton.

By 2017 NOTON starts working independently releasing all back catalogue of Alva Noto and currently planning future releases. Diverse musical projects include remarkable collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda (cyclo), Blixa Bargeld or Mika Vainio. Nicolai toured extensively as Alva Noto through Europe, Asia, South America and the US. Among others, he performed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London. Most recently Nicolai scored the music for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s newest film, ‘The Revenant’ which has been nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Grammy and Critics Choice Award.

His musical œuvre echoes in his work as a visual artist. Carsten Nicolai seeks to overcome the separation of the sensory perceptions of man by making scientific phenomenons like sound and light frequencies perceivable for both eyes and ears. His installations have a minimalistic aesthetic that by its elegance and consistency is highly intriguing. After his participation in important international exhibitions like documenta X and the 49th and 50th Venice Biennale, Nicolai’s works were shown worldwide in extensive solo and group exhibitions.



Festival Forte | Un vistazo al futuro dentro de las paredes de un castillo medieval

El Festival Forte es una experiencia dedicada a la música electrónica completamente única que nace de la combinación del talento artistas innovadores y nuevas propuestas visuales

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Le Festival Forte confirme son statut de place forte de la Techno au Portugal !

Fort d’une nouvelle programmation 2018 plus alléchante que jamais, le festival Forte revient cet été avec de nouvelles idées en tête pour ainsi confirmer son statut de candidat au meilleur festival techno du Portugal. Explications.

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Festival Forte, Portugal – Aug 28-Sep 2 2018: Event Preview

Set in a medieval castle in the town of Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal, from August 30 to September 2, Festival Forte 2018 is set to be strong-armed, with a host of heavyweight artists and cutting-edge performers set to patrol the ramparts over the four-day event


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Elegancia y sobriedad prensada en un trabajo que supera estilos.Encontrar belleza dentro de los fondos abisales de la electrónica siempre ha sido un reto.


LE GUIDE DES FESTIVALS 2018 | Août – Septembre

Alors c’est parti, pas le temps de se poser ni de se reposer, voici la suite de notre traditionnel guide des festivals qui se tiendront du mois d’août au mois de septembre de l’an de grâce 2018


Há quem venha do Japão de propósito para este festival de música

Já ouviram falar no Festival Forte, em Montemor-o-Velho? Talvez não, já que cerca de 75% do público é estrangeiro. Mas como é que vão ficar em casa se o melhor da música electrónica chega ao Centro no final de Agosto?

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lute exclusive: Interview with Alva Noto

Alva Noto will perform at Festival Forte 2018. Check out his interview to lute where he speaks about UNI and more

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Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai): “What is a Frequency?” Interview by Innerversitysound

Carsten Nicolai is an audio and visual artist who has a studio in Berlin. He has released under the guises of Aleph-1, Alva Noto and Noto as well as performing in groups including 6 Aus 49, Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto, ANBB, Cyclo., Diamond Version, Opto and Signal


Festival Forte announces some of the most forward thinking acts

Festival Forte just announced the second wave of acts (final line up) that will be performing at its 5th edition from August 30th to September 2nd, 2018. Make sure to be part of this unique experience at Montemor-O-Velho Castle.

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Montemor-o-Velho: Festival Forte anuncia mais artistas

Um espectáculo exclusivo, mais de 30 artistas e um castelo medieval são a combinação perfeita para a “melhor edição de sempre” do Festival Forte, que decorrerá de 30 de Agosto a 02 de Setembro, em Montemor-o-Velho.

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Festival Forte 2018 second wave of artists

There are no words enough to describe the importance of Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto in the electronic music scene. Co-founder of the much respected Raster Noton label together with Olaf Bender aka Byetone and Frank Bretschneider, he is the pure example of how science can combine with art through audiovisual language.

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Nuevas confirmaciones para la 5° edición de Festival Forte

El portugués Festival Forte ha añadido nuevos nombres a su line up, es su segundo avance y en el sigue apostando por el techno mas puro y los sonidos más experimentales


Alva Noto e Planetary Assault Systems no Festival Forte

O Festival Forte está de regresso ao castelo de Montemor-o-Velho para a sua 5.ª edição. O evento dedicado ao melhor da música eletrónica e de dança anunciou esta semana mais um apanhado de nomes, com Alva Noto em posição cimeira nesta segunda vaga de confirmações

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Festival Forte annouces second phase of the lineup

The charismatic Festival Forte will return this summer to Montemor-o-Velho, right in the heartland of Portugal!
The Festival Forte takes you back in time, filling the athmosphere with the magic of the synthesised and techno sounds, while you enjoy the magnificent cenario of an old portuguese castle.


Festival Forte presents second wave of the lineup

The summer Festival Forte has revealed the second wave of the lineup, set to take place inside the walls of the Portuguese castle Montemor-o-Velho, between 30th of August until September 2nd.


Festival Forte announced new additions to its 2018 edition

Festival Forte is moving on to its 5th edition running from August 30 to September 2, 2018 in the Castle of Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.
A new culture has been created, formed by a special audience that is dedicated and interested in the innovative proposals that the festival has to offer and which extend throughout the town of Montemor-o-Velho, the Castle, with the stage and the generative garden, the Camping site and the Esther de Carvalho Theater.