The artist Carsten Nicolai is known as a musician and sound artist, though he prefers not to be labeled. He has been called a ‘Physicist of Sound’. Born in Germany in he composes and performs experimental electronic music under the name Alva Noto, creating his own codes of signs and acoustic and visual symbols. He is influenced primarily by scientific systems, often engaging with mathematical patterns such as grids, and codes and referencing error (glitch), randomness and self-organizing structures. He performs and exhibits worldwide: Pace NY, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome, Guggenheim NY, SFMoma, Centre Pompidou Paris, Tate Modern London, Kunsthaus Graz etc. He has worked with diverse artists such as: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda, Blixa Bargeld , Michael Nyman, Mika Vainio, Olaf Bender. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe in 2016 for his original score, composed with Ryuichi Sakamoto, for the film The Revenant.