»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. founded in chemnitz by olaf bender, carsten nicolai and frank bretschneider in 1996, 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 170 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. in the label’s early years, the music projects were often released in the form of a series,characterized by a minimalistic package design. one of these series, the »20’ to 2000«, was bought by the new york moma and the paris centre pompidou and awarded the golden nica at prix ars electronica in 2000.
over the last two decades, 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.
in its 20th year of existence, raster-noton is celebrating its anniversary with diverse projects such as a new installation called »white circle« in collaboration with zkm /karlsruhe, a special book publication, as well as showcases all over europe and beyond.
– berghain/panorama bar, berlin; april 29, 2016
– sou festival, tbilisi; may 18 – 21, 2016
– sónar festival, barcelona; june 18, 2016
– dekmantel festival, amsterdam; august 04, 2016
– ruhrtriennale, bochum; august 13, 2016
– electric campfire, rome; september 09, 2016
more dates to be confirmed