Sakamoto's career is essentially 25 years of shock and awe. From his late 70's Yellow Magic Orchestra days with its sculpting influence on techno to his dreamy film scores that we've all grown up with, this man is a titan.
Alva Noto is the alias of Carsten Nicolai, who, alongside Frank Bretschneider and Olaf Bender, began Raster Noton Archiv Für Ton Und Nichtton, a label that showcases hyper-minimal, electro-acoustic and abstract sound.
This collaboration combines Sakamoto's acoustic piano with Nicolai's minimal electronics. The piano is played softly and slowly while experiments in high and low frequency tones are happening amidst scattered non-aggressive glitches. This music is wonderfully cerebral, organic and meditative. Perfect for reflection.
One of my favorite albums.
Get Some Introspection