Carsten Nicolai's resume includes a Guggenheim performance/installation, numerous albums and projects, and the climactic coup of the 2000 Golden Nica Award at electronic music's prestigious Prix Ars Electronic Festival. 2000's TELEFUNKEN, released as part of the Noton/Rastermusic labels' Clear Series, demonstrates the sort of ingenuity that makes Nicolai's work so notable.
TELEFUNKEN comprises buzzing electronics and surging sine tones. As audio, it's unspectacular; Nicolai's minimal processing rarely extends beyond terse edits and minor variances in modulation. However, wiring the stereo into a television set (a simple operation) reveals the oscilloscopic array of synchronized lines and choreographed black and white starbursts encoded within TELEFUNKEN's electronic signals. Chalk this one up as another conceptual triumph for Nicolai, a mixed-media mastermind at the vanguard of the electronic arts.