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Sufjan Stevens: The BQE (CD/DVD)

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Sufjan Stevens premiered The BQE, a film and musical suite exploring New York Citys infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in November 2007.


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Sufjan Stevens premiered The BQE, a film and musical suite exploring New York Citys infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in November 2007. The critically applauded performance featured 36 performers including a band, a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers.

Entire package features the CD soundtrack, the DVD of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway film footage, a 40-page booklet with extensive liner notes & photographs and an accompanying stereoscopic 3-D Viewmaster reel.

The concept behind The BQE is based largely on the history of New Yorks Brooklyn-Queens Expressway 12.7 miles of urban roadway built between 1939 and 1964 by master urban planner Robert Moses. The Viewmaster, unveiled at the 1939 NYC Worlds Fair (the Worlds Fair being part of the motivation for the construction of the BQE, funnelling New Yorkers to and from Flushing, Queens), was intended to promote 3-D panoramic illusions of the American landscape and serve as advertising for various tourist destinations and motivation for American drivers. The Hooper Heroes comic book, written by Stevens and drawn, coloured and inked by collaborator Stephen Halker, follows three extra-terrestrial superhero sisters who use hula-hoops to combat the Messiah of Civic Projects, Captain Moses.

Tracklisting:
Prelude On The Esplanade
Introductory Fanfare For The Hooper Heroes
Movement 1 - In The Countenance Of Kinds
Movement 2 - Sleeping Invader
Interlude - Dream Sequence In Subi Circumnavigation
Movement 3 - Linear Tableau Eiyh Intersecting Surprise
Movement 4 - Traffic Shock
Movement 5 - Self-Organising Emergent Patterns
Interlude 2 - Subi Power Waltz
Interlude 3 - Invisible Accidents
Movement 6 - Isorhythmic Night Dance With Interchanges
Movement 7 (Finale) - The Emperor Of Centrifuge
Postlude - Critical Mass
  • Published
    2009-10-23
  • Genre
    Music
  • Number Of Discs
    2
  • Format
    DVM
  • Packaging Details
    CD Case
  • Age Rating
    E
  • Boxset
    No
  • Limited Edition
    No
  • Release Date
    Fri Oct 23 00:00:00 AEDT 2009
  • Brand Name
    EMI Records
  • Boxed Width
    14.1 cm
  • Boxed Length
    13 cm
  • Boxed Height
    0.5 cm
  • Product Code
    WCC100000000066644
  • Reference Number
    066644
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