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LP version, last copies. Now deleted on CD. "Between Jan-April 2003 Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) and Thomas Knak (Opiate) produced their 2nd Opto collaboration. The work was commissioned from Japan, and the music was to collide with a clothing line based on an 'in the woods' theme. As a direct request, the music had to work with a more organic, light and melodic feeling, compared to their first Opto release (
, Raster Noton, in 2001). At the same time as the commission was accepted, Carsten found an old battered cassette in a forest, north east of Berlin. The tape contained almost inaudible lo-fi recordings of someone playing small guitar pieces. The forest ambience and the old guitar recordings was to be the template for
. When collaborating on their first Opto album, the way of working, was to send soundfiles back and forth Berlin and Copenhagen. This also became the idea for
. Carsten got help from assistants to restore the recordings of the found magnetic audiotape, and passed the guitar files to Thomas, who then started working on beat structures, then adding recordings of a nearby forest. The recordings was made at different hours during two days, hence the tracktitles. This way it's possible to listen to the album as one long track which guides you through 48 hours in about 40 min, or choose to pick the melodic and daylight bits from the more moody and static night productions.
might not sound as either Alva Noto or Opiate solo, but definitely as Opto, as the blend of dsp and glitch meets the old way of sampling concrete sounds."
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