about raster noton

"raster-noton.archiv für ton und nichtton" is meant to be a platform — a network covering the overlapping border areas of pop, art, and science. emerged from the fusion of rastermusic, founded by olaf bender and frank bretschneider in 1996, and the sublabel noton which was run by carsten nicolai, it realizes music projects, publications and installation works. the common idea behind all releases is an experimental approach — an amalgamation of sound, art, and design, which is not only apparent in the music, but also visible from the artwork and cover design.

so far, the catalogue of the label consists of about 150 publications, presenting very different artists such as fine artists, club musicians, noise pioneers, academically trained composers or classic instrumentalists. these publications are not restricted to audio formats such as cds only, but also include books, magazines, dvds, mass storage devices or art prints.

often, the music projects were released in the form of a series which are characterized by a minimalistic package design. one of these series, the »20' to 2000«, was bought by moma and the centre pompidou and awarded the golden nica at prix ars electronica in 2000.

over the last 15 years, there have also been collaborations with institutions, fashion designers, museums and festivals all over the world, and once a year, the label is staging a showcase at rome's academia tedesca villa massimo to present current artists and releases.

the label is run by olaf bender in cooperation with carsten nicolai and is based in chemnitz and berlin.

since its founding, the following artists and bands have contributed to the label:

alva noto
blixa bargeld
anne-james chaton
AOKI takamasa
atom™
blir
byetone
carl michael von hausswolff
COH
cosey fanni tutti
cyclo
dasha rush
elph
emptyset
frank bretschneider
goem
gomila park
grischa lichtenberger
herve boghossian
ilpo väisänen
kangding ray
kim cascone
komet
kyborg
kyoka
marc behrens


mark fell
mika vainio
mitchell akiyama
modul
mokira
NHK
nibo
noto
opiate
Ø
pixel
pomassl
produkt
richard chartier
robert lippok
ryoji ikeda
ryuichi sakamoto
scanner
senking
signal
snd
taylor deupree
ueno masaaki
vladislav delay
william basinski
wolfgang voigt