|Contains the original releases VERBATIM (1996)/VERBATIM, FLESH & BLOOD (1999)
This project is, without exaggeration, unique in the history of music: a virtuoso quartet that co-exists with a digital mirror of itself. Ostertag sent the musicians (featuring Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway, who were members of the Anthony Braxton Quartet for 10 years), separately, into studios with no instructions other than to record improvisations. Using a computer, he exploded the solos into fragments, and created a virtual 'band' from the pieces (Vol. 1). The musicans then learned the resulting compositions, and eventually recorded a live CD (Vol. 2). He then put the live concert recording back into the computer, blew it up, and made a new work (Vol. 3). Finally, the group recorded this piece in a stunning concert in Gent, Belgium."