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Pisaro-Liu, Michael

Revolution Shuffle [2 CDs] [Used Item]

Pisaro-Liu, Michael: Revolution Shuffle [2 CDs] <i>[Used Item]</i> (erstwhile)

Alarmed by the warning signs of social deterioration, political overreach and planetary damage warning of an imminent need for revolutionary change, composer and sound artist Michael Pisaro-Liu sought and plundered references in sound from historic and current sources, producing 53 tracks that are arranged to tell a story in a mosaic form; an incredible achievement.

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Six panel digipack with 2 CDs.

Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: ErstSolo 006-2
Squidco Product Code: 32787

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: VG
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
This is a USED (previously owned) item


Michael Pisaro-composer, performer

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"We are in a period where revolutionary change (personal, political, environmental) is necessary and possible. Perhaps we are right now, without fully realizing it, in the midst of this transformation. The warning signs are everywhere. California (where I live) and other parts of the world are set on fire by environmental changes every summer. Young people struggle to live, let alone find the faith and courage to have children of their own. The world's governments don't even try to hide their support of the capitalist war of the oligarchy against the lower classes. Like most people, I've experienced these and other dramatic shifts in the past few years, starting even before the pandemic began.

It has been going on for a long time already. As Felix Guattari wrote in 1989, in The Three Ecologies:

"The Earth is undergoing a period of intense techno-scientific transformation. If no remedy is found, the ecological disequilibrium this has generated will ultimately threaten the continuation of life on the planet's surface. Alongside these upheavals, human modes of life, both individual and collective, are progressively deteriorating. Kinship networks tend to be reduced to a bare minimum; domestic life is being poisoned by the gangrene of mass-media consumption; family and married life are frequently 'ossified' by a sort of standardization of behaviour; and neighbourhood relations are generally reduced to their meanest expression."

The ecological, the political, the social and personal, and the artistic worlds are all connected.

It is in the mood of this imminent change that Revolution Shuffle came together. I looked for the sounds that reflected this mood (some from the distant past, some from just yesterday), in music I knew, scenes I watched, recordings of past events, references from friends. Along the way signs of hope spoke to me: the unforeseeable, 33-year task of building Watts Towers, the utopian, polysemic music of Don Cherry, the echoes of artistic revolutions, the desperate but courageous voices of people in the street, the rhythms of the dance, the careful but radical reasoning of political proposition, the voices of struggle and of love.

The piece is modular, a mosaic, but it has two forms. The arrangement of tracks on the two discs was carefully constructed to tell a story. But it is also an environment, one that can start and stop anywhere and perhaps tell a different story or at least a different version of the same story. Try it.

Thanks to Jon Abbey for getting me started on this project in 2018, and for keeping me going. When my energy for such a large and multifaceted piece of audio work flagged, Jon was there with comments and suggestions."-Michael Pisaro-Liu, October 2021

Six panel digipack with 2 CDs.

Artist Biographies

"Michael Pisaro was born in Buffalo in 1961. He is a composer and guitarist, a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble and founder and director of the Experimental Music Workshop, Calarts. His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues. It has been selected twice by the ISCM jury for performance at World Music Days festivals (Copenhagen,1996; Manchester, 1998) and has also been part of festivals in Hong Kong (ICMC, 1998), Vienna (Wien Modern,1997), Aspen (1991), London (Cutting Edge, 2007), Glasgow (INSTAL 2009), Huddersfield (2009), Chicago (New Music Chicago, 1990, 1991) and elsewhere.

He has had extended composer residencies in Germany (Künstlerhof Schreyahn, Dortmund University), Switzerland (Forumclaque/Baden), Israel (Miskenot Sha'ananmim), Greece (EarTalk) and in the U.S. (Birch Creek Music Festival, Wisconsin). Concert length portraits of his music have been given in Munich, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Vienna, Merano (Italy), Brussels, New York, Curitiba (Brazil), Amsterdam, London, Tokyo, Austin, Berlin, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Zürich, Cologne, Aarau (Switzerland), and elsewhere.

He is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2005 and 2006 Grant Recipient. Much of his music of the last several years is published by Edition Wandelweiser (Germany). Several CDs of his work have been released by such labels as Edition Wandelweiser Records, Compost and Height, confront, Another Timbre, Cathnor, Nine Winds and others, including most recently "transparent city, volumes 1-4", "an unrhymed chord", "hearing metal 1", "A Wave and Waves" and "harmony series (11-16)".

His translation of poetry by Oswald Egger ("Room of Rumor") was published in 2004 by Green Integer. He is Co-Chair of Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles. He has performed many of his own works and those of close associates Antoine Beuger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey and Manfred Werder, and works from the experimental tradition, especially John Cage, Christian Wolff, James Tenney and George Brecht."

-Edition Wandelweiser (

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Track Listing:


1. Room Tone-Sine Tone 1:00

2. Fairfax Revolution 1:00

3. Rossignol Sur Cassette 1:00

4. Moving the Chair 1:00

5. Scream 1:00

6. Chinese Opera 1:00

7. Leo Chango 1:00

8. Paradiso 1:00

9. Orson 1:00

10. The Arsonist 1:00

11. There's A Riot 1:00

12. He Did Warn You 1:00

13. Su Tung-p'o 1:00

14. Trill 1:00

15. Fidele 1:00

16. All the Clouds 1:00

17. Ali la Pointe 1:00

18. Espace revolutionnaire 1:00

19. Le Sacrifice 1:00

20. Sinkt Verwundet in Kurnewals Arme 1:00

21. Music 1:00

22. Sahst Du Noch Nichts? 1:00

23. Radion Wave 1:00

24. Jamas Sera Vencido 1:00

25. The Light Year of the Shakuhachi 1:00

26. Second Metal 1:00

27. Waiting for a Fight 1:00

28. The First of September 1:00

29. Etoile noire 1:00

30. In Babylon 1:00

31. 1982 1:00

32. Billyloop Rebellion 1:00

33. Long Rayon 1:00

34. The Revolution Makes theRevolutionary 1:00

35. Time to Roll 1:00

36. A Non-Functioning Social Ideal 1:00

37. The Underdog 1:00

38. Make the Rich Pay for the Crisis 1:00

39. The Strangest Vermeer 1:00

40. Atlantis 1:00

41. What We Are Not 1:00

42. Defying the Craniometer 1:00

43. Karl Ludwig 1:00

44. Dubois, Communist 1:00

45. Ulyanov-Eisler 1:00

46. Comintern 1:00

47. Intermezzo 1:00

48. The Voice of Mandelstam 1:00

49. Granary of the Sky 1:00

50. Terayama Generation 1:00

51. Dancing in the Street 1:00

52. Sunflower HK 1:00

53. Spinoza, Lens Grinder 1:00


1. Burning Night and Day 1:00

2. Rodia 1:00

3. 1:00

4. Dream in the Moonlight 1:00

5. Throw Your Leg and Arm Away 1:00

6. Right Up Through the Concrete 1:00

7. Musica de Liberacion 1:00

8. Bass Flutter 1:00

9. El Quinto Regimiento 1:00

10. Future Pod @ Wyatt's 1:00

11. Diamorphic Radar 1:00

12. Rain Dance with Ali 1:00

13. Chandra's Moon 1:00

14. Leafdrop 1:00

15. The Cloud of O.K. 1:00

16. Living in a Fog 1:00

17. Eric Splits 1:00

18. Some Smooth Chords 1:00

19. In Los Angeles 1:00

20. Silence Is Material 1:00

21. Frenhofer 1:00

22. Interlude 1:00

23. Remote Rendezvous 1:00

24. East-West Utopia 1:00

25. Auch in Koln 1:00

26. Ogsa i Kobenhavn 1:00

27. Hazel Brain 1:00

28. DD Boon 1:00

29. Accommodation 1:00

30. Can Hardly See in Front of Me 1:00

31. 706 Zithers 1:00

32. Revolution Shuffle 1:00

33. Two Kinds of Blues 1:00

34. Alles ist Skulptur 1:00

35. Blue Fish Chanting 1:00

36. A New Reality 1:00

37. One Minute 1:00

38. L'etude de la revolution 1:00

39. I Feel the Future Trembling 1:00

40. Gilded Weevil 1:00

41. An Offering to Don 1:00

42. Healthy Living 1:00

43. The More You Love 1:00

44. Bonne nuit zebre 1:00

45. Nation of Miles 1:00

46. The Red Earth 1:00

47. Rapid Transportation 1:00

48. Acid-Tiger Express 1:00

49. Fly Away With You 1:00

50. The Sun Shall Be Darkened 1:00

51. Ecstatic Spiral 1:00

52. The Last Train to Concord 1:00

53. Start Again 1:00

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