BOB OSTERTAG: Say No More 3 & 4


eeland 522 2CD Set
Limited screened metal tin with inserts
1996, 1999 (reissued in 2000)

Originally released as two separate CDs, Verbatim (1996) and Verbatim, Flesh and Blood (1999; still available as a separate single CD through Seeland), this double-CD set is number seven in a series of limited editions co-released with Seeland Records on Ostertag’s My Very Own Record Label, packaged in a sturdy metal tin. It features the "virtual" participation of Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser and Phil Minton and is the logical followup to Say No More, CDs 1&2.

In Bob’s words:

I put the live recording back into the computer, blew it into bits once again, and assembled a new composition, Verbatim, out of the debris. The group premiered the live version of Verbatim at the Taktlos Festival in March 1996 in Switzerland, which was released on CD in 1996.

Finally, I created a score of Verbatim, and the live group toured it extensively and recorded the concert version, Verbatim, Flesh & Blood, in Gent, Belgium in January 1998. This is the last CD in the series, the culmination of seven years of work. My interests in this project were several. First, it allowed me to apply the compositional techniques common to musique concrete (sculpting and shaping a composition in the actual audio medium) to the work of composing for live ensemble.

Second, I was interested in creating a new sort of bi-directional flow between composer and instrumentalist, in which the result of one’s work immediately becomes the raw material of the other’s.

Finally, I wanted to use technology to alter the relationship between the instrumentalists and their own music. Each musician was asked to learn parts derived directly from his own improvisations. In effect I was sitting each player down in front of a mirror image of his own music. But the mirror was curved into prisms and lenses which were the results of the transformations I had made in the process of creating the "band" from the original solos.
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