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THE AMPLIFY BOX: 7 CD set
Very Last copies of limited edition of 800.A document of a week of music in Tokyo in late October 2002. Over 7 hours of music featuring Keith Rowe, Tetuzi Akiyama, Oren Ambarchi, Toshimaru Nakamura, Otomo Yoshihide, Burkhard Stangl, Taku Sugimoto (also performing together as a guitar septet) Günter Müller, Thomas Lehn, Sachiko M, Christof Kurzmann, Marcus Schmickler - in various combinations. Plus a 109 minute DVD film of the event and a 52 page, full-colour booklet with twenty essays by many of the people involved. The DVD also contains commentaries from the musicians (including Keith Rowe discussing with the other guitarists how he believes a musician should approach performing the graphic score of Cardew's Treatise), plus behind -the-scenes footage, images and sounds from Tokyo and 5.1 surround sound recordings of some of the shows. It's expensive and only for those of you who know what to expect from this line up. Beautifully presented; a rare and valuable document.