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Baker's Dozen

No Music: A Baker’s Dozen with Alva Noto
Mollie Zhang , February 21st, 2018 10:30

From Laurie Anderson’s United States Live to Meredith Monk’s Dolmen Music, Carsten Nicolai tells Mollie Zhang about 13 records that shaped his musical backbone. Photo by Andrey Bold

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The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground and Nico
I listened to this a lot, what I found interesting about The Velvet Underground, like with Andy Warhol’s cover, was that they felt more like an art group than a band. It perhaps wasn’t as radical in its production, but felt a bit more organic. During this period, I was listening to a lot of improvised music too, like free jazz - there was a big East German free jazz scene, for whatever reason. I found free jazz really interesting in that it didn’t re-create a song, but created something new, live. I felt like I could hear this kind of approach on this record in the way different people reacted and responded to one another. Along with the viola, which I think John Cale played, they probably looked more like a folk band. I liked this atmosphere, and of course now it’s become a classic.


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