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This is “u_08-1″ from the album Unitxt, by Alva Noto.
The vocals are done by poet Anne-James Chaton.

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Recorded over the past couple of years, unitxt is a rhytm-based album by Alva Noto. In ‘U_08-1′, Anne-James Chaton recites the series of digits corresponding to the Golden Ratio. Truthfully now, who actually realized what that was?

The album is divided into two distinct sections: after an initial sequence of ten conventional recordings (if you can call them conventional), the remaining sixteen audio tracks are occupied by various kinds of data having been converted into audio information, with software applications like Excel, Word and Powerpoint all reinterpreted as a raw stream of sound matter.

In the end, it’s a great meld of music, rhythm, poetry, and data. There’s a certain logical elegance to these sounds, sourced from programs you’d use everyday in an office.

The rest of the album is awesome, and is highly reccomended. You can download it here or get the cd here.

Below is the absolutely fantastic video for u_08-1, featuring actor Kyusaku Shimada:

via one of my favorite blogs, noiseforairports.

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