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Baker's Dozen

No Music: A Baker’s Dozen with Alva Noto
Ollie 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


Meredith Monk - Dolmen Music
Meredith Monk has always been active in the avant-garde scene, or in “new music”. I liked her work a lot and always connected her with Laurie Anderson, though I don’t know if they actually knew each other. I always liked Monk’s approach and experimented with voice, using it as a pure instrument over a tool for verbal communication.

I guess for me she represents a larger group of experimental musicians coming from this new school of ‘classical’ musicians. They never made “pop” music, but her record had a big impact on it.