Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto + Karl Kliem - Insen Live DVD

Title Insen Live DVD
Music Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto
Visuals Karl Kliem / Dienststelle
Label Raster-Noton
Duration 110:00
Date October 2006

The DVD contains video recordings with Dolby 5.1 surround sound of two concerts of the Insen Tour at Porto and Barcelona. I heard of some people having playback stutter issues because the datarate seems to be a bit high, but on my MacBook Pro all of the tracks played nicely except “xerox”, which was stuttering every few seconds.

Unfortunately Olaf and Carsten decided to leave my two music videos, Trioon I and Berlin, out of the DVD.

I’m not totally delighted with the recordings of the visuals on the DVD. The recordings were taken on the second tour, on which Forma, the production company, rented different LED screens than on the first tour. The new screens were much brighter and behaved differently with the gradients. The abstract piano keys in “Trioon” were meant to fade out smoothly over a longer period of time - in the same way they fade out of your ear and mind when you hear the sound. Now they faded out very fast. Unfortunately noone asked me to adapt the visuals to the new screens.

Something else i don’t like is the cyan background color that the light designer (hi Nigel!) chose for the track “Berlin”. It was intended to be a warm red color, which corresponds to the warm bass sound. (Nigel did a real good job for the rest of the show!).

In the conversation part of the DVD Ryuichi and Carsten are talking about different topics of the Insen Tour. The caption “Visualisation” starts at 5′40″. Its kind of funny seeing Carsten beating around the bush and finally admitting that there were other people helping with the visuals, mentioning “Karl Clean”.

All in all the DVD is a good documentation of the Insen Tour.

The official announcement on the Raster Noton website:
In 2005 and 2006 three major tours of Insen led the artists Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto around the world. Raster-Noton is pleased to present Insen Live DVD as a document of this project. Recordings for the DVD took place at Casa da M�sica, Porto, Portugal, on June 11th 2006 and at Sonar Festival 2006, Barcelona, Spain, on June 15th 2006. Besides material from 2005 Insen Album the DVD contains previously unreleased Tracks such as Xerox and Barco. The DVD in Dolby 5.1 surround sound comes in a cardboard cover with special laser engravings, the booklet contains 15 full colour photos and texts by Rob Young and Michael Bracewell. The DVD is region free. It is in NTSC format, a few older DVD Players (in Europe) may not be able to support this format.


intro 04:51
berlin 05:42
noon 05:55
uoon 10:03
morning + iano 09:50
barco 06:24
nor 04:20
trioon 09:16
xerox 05:38
siisx + mur - encore 07:26
ax. Mr. L. - encore 05:05

trioon - second angle 10:11
morning + iano - second angle 10:37
uoon - second angle 10:02

28 October 2006 | DVD | Comments

One Response to “Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto + Karl Kliem - Insen Live DVD”

  1. 1 alba 4 December 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    I hear this part “visualization”,. And It’s true. Only in the final He talks about you. Aggghh!!! but, i read the credits and i found you. !! :)
    Don’t worry, The art is this way, sometimes….





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