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Sufjan Stevens to release The BQE

By ; July 21, 2009 at 11:02 AM 

The BQE

Sufjan Steven’s symphony about the BQE, which was originally debuted in 2007, is finally going to be released as both a film and an album. And somehow, a comicbook and a viewmaster is involved.

The BQE will be available as a double-disc format (CD/DVD), which includes the original 16mm/8mm film (in widescreen “triptych” display), the original motion picture soundtrack, a 40-page booklet (with extensive liner notes and photographs), and the stereoscopic image reel (playable in all View-Master® viewers).

The limited edition vinyl will be available as a double gatefold and includes the soundtrack on 180-gram vinyl, a large-scale 32-page booklet with liner notes and photographs, and a black-and-white version of the 40-page Hooper Heroes comic book.

A fully colored version of the comic book is available separately.

The BQE
1. Prelude on the Esplanade (2:56)
2. Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes (1:07)
3. Movement I—In the Countenance of Kings (5:19)
4. Movement II—Sleeping Invader (4:34)
5. Interlude I—Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation (3:33)
6. Movement III—Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise (4:09)
7. Movement IV—Traffic Shock (3:24)
8. Movement V—Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns (3:45)
9. Interlude II—Subi Power Waltz (0:28)
10. Interlude III—Invisible Accidents (0:54)
11. Movement VI—Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges (3:17)
12. Movement VII (Finale)—The Emperor of Centrifuge (3:51)
13. Postlude—Critical Mass (2:59)

THE BQE- A Film By Sufjan Stevens from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

The BQE is due out October 20th via Rough Trade in the UK, P-Vine in Japan, Spunk in Australia. Sufjan is also set to release Run Rabbit Run, a rearrangement of his debut album, Enjoy Your Rabbit, on October 6th via Asthmatic Kitty.





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