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Studio album by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto
Released December 2002
Genre Electronic
Length 54:39
Label Raster-Noton r-n050-2
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto chronology

Vrioon is the debut collaboration album between Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, released in 2002.[1][2] This is the first album in the Virus Series followed by four other records: Insen (2005), Revep (2006), utp_ (2008), and Summvs (2011).[3][4] The initial letters of the five albums together form the word "Virus".[5]


A minimalist album, it is characterized by an unusual experimental sound driven by piano and distorted, clipped samples (a sound which Sakamoto and Noto would also experiment with in Insen in 2005). The album was elected among the first 50 albums of 2003 by magazine The Wire.[6] It was also named album of the year in 2004 by The Wire magazine.


Vrioon places the same sort of minimalism in a very different context. You almost had to tune out Transform to enjoy it, it so filled with absence, but with Sakamoto's piano underlying the circuitry, Vrioon could conceivably be said to have a presence. The romantic Sakamoto dwells heavily on his feelings, soaking the music in melodrama wherever possible, and rarely alters the predominant tone of mumpish solemnity. Thus noto's electronics take on a new purpose, adding enterprise to otherwise inward-looking compositions. Symbiosis in action.

—Ben Tausig, Dusted Magazine[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Uoon I" 13:51
  2. "Uoon II" 9:40
  3. "Duoon" 5:46
  4. "Noon" 10:13
  5. "Trioon I" 5:09
  6. "Trioon II" 9:57


  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – piano
  • Alva Noto – electronics
  • Carsten Nicolai – Additional Sounds


  1. ^ "Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Vrioon". Discogs. discogs.com. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "ALVA NOTO + RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: VRIOON". Raster-Noton. raster-noton.net. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  3. ^ JARNES, MARK. "Best of 2011: Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto "Summvs"". The Japan Times. japantimes.co.jp. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "ALVA NOTO + RYUICHI SAKAMOTO ---- VIRUS COLLECTOR'S BOX". Raster-Noton. raster-noton.net. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Summvs // Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto // Raster Noton". Kompakt.fm. kompakt.fm. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/435/
  7. ^ Tausig, Ben (January 15, 2004). "Dusted Reviews". Dusted Magazine. dustedmagazine.com. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 

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