Selections: Alva Noto

Welcome back to Selections, a series of exclusive artist-curated Spotify playlists from those in the know.

One of the most respected figures in modern experimental composition, Alva Noto supplies us with a mammoth playlist that ebbs and flows for almost five hours. As an artist, both in music and otherwise under his given name of Carsten Nicolai, his impact is hard to overstate, having exhibited in modern art institutions including the Guggenheim New York, NTT Tokyo, Tate Modern and the Venice Biennale, and collaborated with the likes of Ryoji Ikeda, Iggy Pop, John Cale and Björk. Most recently he released Two – Live at Sydney Opera House, featuring longtime collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Meandering through compositional giants like Steve Reich, Meredith Monk and Mica Levi, ambient luminaries Brian Eno and Fennesz and avant-garde performers including Laurie Anderson, William Basinski and Nico, Noto’s selected tracks are as transportive a collection as you could hope for. Whether you’re looking to get lost in the ether or zone into a creative endeavour, this playlist will provide a cushion for any context.