0/r is Nosei Sakata (*0) and Richard Chartier. the collaboration was realized in mid 1999 entirely through the mail between the US and japan. Raw tones and sounds on minidisc were sent to Chartier and returned to *0 with new sounds and tracks made from *0's original sounds. This back and forth continued several times, the track titles indicating this process. The cd also includes two tracks "r" and "0" which are original solo works by each artist inspired by the collaboration.
Although the two have never before collaborated, their sound and aesthetic are a perfect compliment to each other. Chartier's sparse sinewave sculptures have been described as "impossibly extreme tonal stuttering" (the wire, UK) and "soundtrack to a wall-socket" (ambience, australia) while "*0 taps the potential full-frontal lobe attack of power-electronics in the momentary, powerful static bursts which erupt throughout" (gil gershman). The result is an album of the extremes - from the ultrahigh frequency of "0r" (an intro that many may not even hear, registering in at around 18khz, just below the upper limit of human hearing) to the 40hz basspulse of "0/r.". Static and nth generations of digital sound simultaneously whine and click with machine precision and break away in fractured compositional space.
Nosei Sakata (*0):
*0 is Nosei Sakata from the Shibuya area of Tokyo. He runs his own cd-r label called Mu and has caught the attention of many of his contemporaries with his debut release "0.00." *0 is part of the new wave of Japanese minimalists exploring this computerized anti-music. His 12k debut was a previously unreleased track on the .aiff
compilation. His next full length album is due for release on Meme in Japan.
Richard Chartier is a painter, designer, and sound artist who resides outside of Washington Dc and has been working with sound since 1989. He has recorded work for Meme (Jjapan), Microwave/Staalplaat (Netherlands), and Intransitive Recordings (Boston, USA). he is currently working on a collaboration with sound artist Taylor Deupree and a yet untitled work set for release before 2000.
Recently his sound installation "Arranging Between Patterns" was featured at the WPA/Corcoran projectspace in Washington DC as part of the exhibit "FUZZY." in October his paintings will be exhibited at Antennae Gallery in Washington DC.
URBAN SOUNDS (US)
"This isn't the cathartic masachismo of Merzbow or the power electronics set; Nosei Sakata's and Richard Chartier's pushings are achieved primarily upon the space of mentation - the tympanum, the cochlear curl, the tension and release of the cranial cavity"
THE WIRE (UK)
"its contents reward disciplined deep listening, which reveals a stereo-forest of amplified insectile noises: occasional blips and bleeps, flickering, electronic crackles, click rhythms and pulses, controlled blasts of fuzz, glassy explosions and warbling tones."