The Well-Tuned Piano in The Magenta Lights
In conjunction with the opening of the DVD installation of The Well-Tuned Piano in The Magenta Lights (87 V 10 6:43:00 PM 87 V 11 01:07:45 AM NYC) by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela at Kunst im Regenbogenstadl in May of 2001, Just Dreams, Inc. announced the release of the Advance Preview Limited Edition of 296 proofs of the work in DVD-9 format.
Following the success of the Advanced Preview Limited Edition (now out of print) Just Dreams has made available this First Limited Edition of 240 copies, in a "super jewel box" style DVD case with a magazine-size booklet.
The 6-hour 24-minute continuous performance of the Young and Zazeela collaborative masterwork was videotaped on May 10, 1987 during the La Monte Young 30-Year Retrospective presented by MELA Foundation in New York City. It was first encoded to a single DVD-9 for its world premiere showing at La Beauté international exposition in Avignon as part of the French celebration of the Year 2000.
For those who know the out-of-print Gramavision 5-hour, 5-CD release of the 1981 performance of The Well-Tuned Piano, this Just Dreams 401-minute DVD of the entire 1987 performance is the inevitable complement. The continually expanding composition now includes more musical material than even La Monte Young can play in one setting. Together, the 1981 release and the 1987 video provide a much more comprehensive perspective of the scope and complexity of the work. Produced with no region coding restriction, this DVD may be played on any machine in the world.
After viewing the installation in Avignon, Sandy McCroskey wrote, "The Well-Tuned Piano video does have to be seen to be believed." Young has said, "This DVD captures the most important aspect of my work in composition and performance that I have succeeded in recording to date. It is the yardstick against which all of my other work must be compared. Additionally, for the first time, listeners can see and hear the work in the Zazeela environment in which it was created."
The 55 original Betacam and 3/4-inch source tapes from the two cameras that recorded the performance in 1987 were transferred to digiBeta and combined with the original stereo digital audio under the artists¹ supervision. In a technological triumph, the digiBeta masters were then encoded to a single DVD-9 master, utilizing a process that had only become possible in the year 2000.
The First Limited Edition of the DVD is now offered for sale at a lower price than the original Advance Preview Limited Edition. As with the previous edition, the disc is accompanied by the score and notes printed in a stapled, 8-1/2" x 11" booklet format. This second edition represents a new printing of the disc with expanded packaging. The music and imagery contained on the disc has not been altered in any way since the first DVD release.
Through continued public interest in this work, Just Dreams has come closer then ever to raising the needed funds to complete a booklet and packaging for the wide-scale commercial release of this DVD. However, other Just Dreams projects may take precedence in the near future. Those interested in owning this rare and seminal work should act quickly. This First Limited Edition is also available as a signed edition with signed poster from the original concert series.
Suggested Retail Price $126.00 (unsigned version)