Update, March 16: Full details of the album have been revealed, and it’s an imaginary film soundtrack.
As RA reports, Xerrox Vol. 3 was inspired by films Nicolai watched in his childhood, including Tarkovsky’s Solaris and La Isla Misteriosa y el Capitán Nemo, a mini-series based on Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island.
According to Nicolai, the album is a “cinematographic emotion of a soundtrack to a film that actually does not exist in reality,” adding, “I see Xerrox Vol. 3 as my most personal album so far. I have to admit that this emotional output is a surprise even for myself.”
Carsten Nicolai has announced his first solo album since 2011.
German electronic composer and Raster-Noton chief Alva Noto has announced the third volume of his Xerrox series, which we last heard in 2009 with an album that minced samples from the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Stephen O’Malley through his Xerrox software.
As yet our only hint of what’s in store on Xerrox Vol. 3 is ‘Xerrox Eboshi’, the final track of Opium Hum’s recent Boiler Room mix, which you can hear below. The album is set for release on CD and 2xLP on March 30, according to a tweet from the artist.
Nicolai’s last solo album was 2011’s Univers. Rewind to FACT’s 2012 interview with the German artist, whose singular vision has become an increasingly important influence across electronic music over the past decade.