Diamond Version is the collaboration between two ground breaking and experimental creators in modern music, Olaf Bender (Byetone) and Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto).
As joint heads of the German-based label raster-noton, and with their respective solo projects, they have been releasing work that spectacularly blurs the lines between the visceral and the conceptual, bridging the gap between gallery and dance floor.
Opening the EP series is Technology At The Speed Of Life / Empowering Change. The combined effect of these tracks’ crisp, synthetic surfaces and the slogans hyper real imagery is two-fold, drawing attention to the sinister utopias the titles suggest, while also hinting at their inherent absurdity.
“Diamond Version is a project born out of a live situation. We occasionally performed encores together after our solo sets. These spontaneous and improvised tracks always had a kind of “special energy” which we missed in our solo works.”
“Diamond Version tries to capture this energy and combines it with conceptual ideas: every day we are exposed to the Daily Short Message Information Culture (DSMC), the aesthetic of this information system became a strong topic and a Blueprint of the visual identity of the Diamond Version project.” explains Diamond Version.