NOK 2020

A 11 track minimal/glitch album (37m 21s) — released October 16th 2020 on 4Bit Productions

After receiving an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2000 in the category Digital Music, Ulrich Troyer's Debut EP NOK was originally released on the highly influential experimental music label MEGO in October 2000. The "soundtrack for an imaginary cartoon", combines a palette of extreme high and low frequencies with organic sounds in a polyrhythmic flow.

Now, NOK is available for the first time on vinyl as a full length album supplemented with previously unreleased material from 1998 - 2000 found on the original DAT-Tapes. The reissue includes 2 new remixes created 20 years later. Christian Fennesz (Touch, Mego) delivers a powerful, guitar driven remix that is simultaneously joyful and sorrowful. Stefan Németh (founding member of Radian, INNODE) creates a precise condensation of NOK's sound world with additional overdubs using the MS-20 he was using 20 years ago.

All tracks have been completely remastered from the original DAT-Tapes and cut to vinyl by Kassian Troyer at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.

The Vinyl comes with CD & DL-Code & 30x30 inlay with background informations in English & Japanese

ウルリッヒ トロイヤーのデビュー EP NOK は、アルスエレクトロニカ2000のデジタルミュージック部門で栄誉賞を受けた後、2000年10月に多大な影響力のある実験音楽レーベル MEGO から最初にリリースされました。この"空想カートゥーンのためのサウンドトラック"は、ポリリズミックな流れのなかに、超高周波/超低周波の素材とオーガニックサウンドとを融合させています。

今回、NOK は、オリジナルDATテープに残っていた1998 年から 2000 年までの未発表素材を追加し、はじめてフルアルバムとしてリリース。再発盤にあたり、20年ぶりにリミックスされた2曲を追加。クリスチャン・フェネス (TOUCH, MEGO) は、楽しくもどこか哀しい、力強いギターベースのリミックスを提供。ステファン・ネメス (RADIAN のオリジナルメンバー, INNODE) は、20年前に使用していた機材 MS-20 を用い、重ね録りを繰り返し、NOK のもつ音世界を精密に凝縮。

すべてのトラックは、オリジナルのDATテープから完全にリマスターされ、カシアン トロイヤーによりベルリンの Dubplates&Mastering にてビニールにカットされました。

レコードには、CD とDLコード、30x30 インナースリーブが付属しており、裏表紙は英語と日本語表記。

This music sounds like Dub pushed to its extremes: short bass, very fine clicks & bleeps, scintillating sounds… - Jérôme Langlais Octopus N°14, 2002

Electro-acoustics with a pulse, NOK combines electronic blips, percussive sounds of an unknown origin, and sound art in a playful, almost cartoonish piece. The beat changes from one part to the next, taking very strange forms at times, a bit like the creature of the cover artwork - is this extraterrestrial dance music? NOK shows strong talent and a healthy humanistic approach to the genre - François Couture (2000)

A high precipice in the recent Mego mountain! - Hrvatski Forced Exposure (2000)

It’s amazing what able hands and a creative mind can make sound, well, amazing, while other with the same tools end up sounding like birds fighting in your gutters. Troyer is one to watch out for. - Jason Olariu Faqtmagazine (2001)

Die hier anzutreffende charmant verhuschte Art mit einhergehender Intensität ist von seltener Qualität, und die Souveränität der Umsetzung verweist manch andere diese Phänomene Aus-lotenden mit einigem Abstand auf die weiteren Plätze. Kurze, prägnante und auf den Punkt gebrachte Musik. - de:bug de:bug (2001)

NOK makes for another very fine release from Mego and comes highly recommended. - Richard di Santo (2001)

Malgré sa courte durée (18 minutes), NOK voit sa longévité garantie par son niveau de complexité et le grand nombre de variations offerts par ses différents titres. Un bon disque, particulièrement pour ceux qui découvrent le genre et qui ne veulent pas trop s'éloigner du rythme. - Yanik Trudeau KORTEX (2001)

Ronduit geniaal - NOK ontving overigens een eervolle vermelding op de Prix Ars Elektronica vorig jaar - is de hier geëtaleerde kennis van Troyer voor constructivistische abstractie: in minder dan twintig minuten bouwt de jongeman vier keer een ander strak industrieel patroon op. Humor is daarin een kernwoord. - TIJD Cultuur NL (2001)

Release 039 aus dem Hause Mego, das Debüt des Soundbastlers Uli Troyer, verwendet neben dem als Ausgangsmaterial sattsam bekannten digitalen Fehler unterschiedlichste Küchengeräusche, um sie in weiterer Folge zum Klingen und Swingen und zu bringen. Troyer, Koch aus Leidenschaft, verwertet hier möglicherweise den Klang filetierter Tomaten und gehackter Zwiebeln, pürierter Erdäpfel, brodelnder Suppen oder Saucen, Salatschüsseln und Schneebesen, Pfeffermühlen und auf Schneidebrettern herumhackender Küchenbeile um sie in sechs witzige, zarte und streckenweise groovige Tracks einzuwecken. Allerhöchste Empfehlung. - Jürgen Berlakovich SKUG (2001)

This is one of my favourite Mego releases. NOK is a charming six-track metamorphosis that is equal parts tech & succulently organic. NOK is a fantastically drippy daydream of sound that complements the cute cartoon cover flawlessly. NOK is a unique recording for how it’s rhythms seems semi coherent. Each listen will yield various results because of the off kilter measures. This album is a jarringly pleasurable experience with only one flaw of being too short in length, but all the more reason to listen to it on repeat. Listen how NOK expands & shapes into an unknown contour that flickers & shivers & glides. These percolating compositions will have you beaming with glee & blinking uncontrollably like your first sugar high. Essential. - Panagiotis A. Stathis Eat My Art Out, (2007)

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