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AMPLIFY 2002: balance box set

Various Artists: AMPLIFY 2002: balance box set (erstwhile)


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List of performances:
Thomas Lehn/Toshimaru Nakamura
Günter Müller/Tetuzi Akiyama/Nakamura
Christof Kurzmann/Nakamura
Lehn/Nakamura/Taku Sugimoto
Günter Müller/Toshimaru Nakamura
Cosmos (Sachiko M/Ami Yoshida)
Keith Rowe/Lehn/Marcus Schmickler
Müller/Otomo Yoshihide
Burkhard Stangl/Kurzmann/Sugimoto
Rowe/Akiyama/Oren Ambarchi/Nakamura/Otomo/Stangl/Sugimoto (Cardew's Treatise and improvisastion)

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Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: erstwhile 033-040
Squidco Product Code: 2308

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: USA
Packaging: Box Set

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.
The AMPLIFY 2002: balance box set is designed by Erstwhile to try to recreate (as much as possible) the experience of what it was like to be in Tokyo in late October 2002, witnessing this incredible week of music.
Over 7 hours of music on 7 CDs including 8 of the 12 sets from the festival itself.
Two discs compiled from smaller club shows which took place before and after the festival itself, including an entire disc by the all-star guitar septet of Keith Rowe, Tetuzi Akiyama, Oren Ambarchi, Toshimaru Nakamura, Otomo Yoshihide, Burkhard Stangl and Taku Sugimoto. Another disc is a new studio recording by Günter Müller and Toshimaru Nakamura, recorded that same week.
The box will also feature a DVD by filmmaker Jonas Leddington and a 52 page, full-color booklet with photos by Yuko Zama and twenty separate essays by many of the people involved in the festival.
Leddington's DVD, balance beams, is a 109-minute visual document built around the festival itself, including excerpts from all twelve sets, commentary from the musicians, behind-the-scenes footage and images and sounds from around Tokyo. The DVD also includes 5.1 surround sound audio-only versions of the Rowe/Lehn/Schmickler and Müller/Otomo sets, as well as three short individual features based on the three nights during the festival, including Keith Rowe discussing with the other guitarists how he believes a musician should approach performing the graphic score of Cornelius Cardew's Treatise.
The box set is a limited edition of 800 copies, and will not be reprinted. Orders will be shipped shortly after the November 1 release date.

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Track Listing:

Outside Shows

1.01 Thomas Lehn and Toshimaru Nakamura - Untitled 13:12

1.02 Tetuzi Akiyama , Gunter Muller and Toshimaru Nakamura - Untitled 19:20

1.03 Christof Kurzmann and Toshimaru Nakamura - Untitled 24:08

1.04 Thomas Lehn , Toshimaru Nakamura and Taku Sugimoto - Untitled 13:20


2.01 Gunter Muller and Toshimaru Nakamura - .tint 4:51

2.02 Gunter Muller and Toshimaru Nakamura - ..tint 4:58

2.03 Gunter Muller and Toshimaru Nakamura - ...tint 15:11

2.04 Gunter Muller and Toshimaru Nakamura - ....tint 13:25

2.05 Gunter Muller and Toshimaru Nakamura - .....tint 10:20

Festival 1

3.01 Cosmos (2) - Untitled 25:07

3.02 Keith Rowe , Thomas Lehn and Marcus Schmickler - Untitled 39:29

Festival 2

4.01 Gunter Muller and Otomo Yoshihide - Untitled 36:42

4.02 Thomas Lehn and Marcus Schmickler - Untitled 39:46

Festival 3

5.01 Taku Sugimoto , Burkhard Stangl and Christof Kurzmann - Untitled 24:30

5.02 Keith Rowe and Toshimaru Nakamura - Untitled 31:49

Festival 4

6.01 Burkhard Stangl and Gunter Muller - Untitled 34:13

6.02 Toshimaru Nakamura and Sachiko M - Untitled 21:30

Seven Guitars

7.01 Keith Rowe , Tetuzi Akiyama , Oren Ambarchi , Toshimaru Nakamura , Otomo Yoshihide , Burkhard Stangl and Taku Sugimoto - Seven Guitars (Cornelius Cardew: Treatise, pp. 82-84) 38:25

7.02 Keith Rowe , Tetuzi Akiyama , Oren Ambarchi , Toshimaru Nakamura , Otomo Yoshihide , Burkhard Stangl and Taku Sugimoto - Seven Guitars (Improvisation) 31:03

Balance Beams (1:48:56)

DVD1a Keith Rowe - On Preparing For Performance

Interviewer - Oren Ambarchi

DVD1b No Artist - The Musicians And Star Pine's Cafe

DVD1c Sugimoto Guitar Quartet* - Untitled

DVD1d Gunter Muller - Listening To This Nothing

DVD1e Cosmos (2) - Untitled

DVD1f Keith Rowe - Working A Long Life

Interviewer - Oren Ambarchi

DVD1g Rowe* / Lehn* / Schmickler* - Untitled

DVD1h No Artist - Stroll: Asakusa Market & Asakusa Kannon Temple

DVD1i Schnee - Untitled

Other [Video Excerpts] - Michaela Grill

DVD1j Gunter Muller - Shifting Around The Canvas

DVD1k Otomo* / Muller* - Untitled

DVD1l Marcus Schmickler - This Duo We're Doing

DVD1m Lehn* / Schmickler* - Untitled

DVD1n Marcus Schmickler - If You Don't Have Any Music

DVD1o Sugimoto* / Stangl* / Kurzmann* - Untitled

DVD1p Keith Rowe - The Modernist Agenda

Interviewer - Oren Ambarchi

DVD1q Keith Rowe - Developments In Improvised Music

Interviewer - Oren Ambarchi

DVD1r Rowe* / Nakamura* - Untitled

DVD1s Astro Twin - Untitled

DVD1t No Artist - Dinner: Ikenoue/Shimokitazawa

DVD1u Stangl* / Muller* - Untitled

DVD1v Thomas Lehn - Music Experience

DVD1w Sachiko M / Nakamura* - Untitled

DVD1x Rowe* / Muller* / Nakamura* - Untitled

DVD1y No Artist - A Very Brave Thing To Do

Extra Features

DVD2 Thomas Lehn , Toshimaru Nakamura , Taku Sugimoto - Gendai Heights Medley 13:45

DVD3 Keith Rowe , Tetuzi Akiyama , Oren Ambarchi , Toshimaru Nakamura , Otomo Yoshihide , Burkhard Stangl , Taku Sugimoto - Seven Guitars (Treatise) 14:08

DVD4 Burkhard Stangl / Taku Sugimoto , Christof Kurzmann / Taku Sugimoto - Old-Fashioned Duet // New-Fashioned Duet 9:20

DVD5 Keith Rowe / Thomas Lehn / Marcus Schmickler - 5.1 Surround Sound Mix 39:26

Mixed By [Surround Mix] - Brooks Williams

DVD6 Gunter Muller / Otomo Yoshihide - 5.1 Surround Sound Mix 37:26

Mixed By [Surround Mix] - Brooks Williams

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