The AMPLIFY 2002: balance box set has been designed and assembled to recreate as much as possible the experience of being in Tokyo in late October 2002 for the week-long whirlwind of music and camaraderie revolving around the 2002 AMPLIFY festival.

The annual series of AMPLIFY festivals began in 2001 in NYC, followed in 2002 by the event documented in this box. AMPLIFY returned to NYC in February 2003, and the next AMPLIFY will be in Cologne and Berlin in May 2004, co-curated by Keith Rowe and Jon Abbey. The festivals are closely tied to the Erstwhile label, and are designed to showcase an ambitious amount of music within a short time period, demanding increased attention and focus from both the musicians and the audience. This box set aims to convey at least part of the intense atmosphere created by AMPLIFY's climate of total immersion.

The AMPLIFY 2002: balance box set contains over seven hours of music on seven CDs, consisting of:

1) Eight of the twelve sets from the festival itself, which took place over three nights at Star Pine's Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo.

2) Two CDs compiled from the smaller club shows which took place before and after the festival itself, organized by Toshimaru Nakamura and Taku Sugimoto, including an entire disc by the all-star guitar septet of Keith Rowe, Tetuzi Akiyama, Oren Ambarchi, Nakamura, Otomo Yoshihide, Burkhard Stangl and Sugimoto.

3) A studio recording by the duo of Günter Müller and Toshimaru Nakamura, recorded that same week. This disc has been carefully sequenced and constructed, and is essentially a regular Erstwhile release contained within the larger box.

The box also features a DVD by filmmaker Jonas Leddington and a 52 page, full-color booklet with photography by Yuko Zama and twenty separate essays by many of the people involved in the festival.

The box set is a limited edition of 800 copies, and will not be reprinted. The price is $100 US plus shipping ($10 in the US, $15 in Canada, $20 elsewhere) when ordering directly from Erstwhile. The box is also available through Erstwhile's normal distribution channels, most notably Forced Exposure (in the US), Metamkine (in Europe) and sound 323 (in the UK).