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Ruth Anderson: Here

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Artist: Ruth Anderson
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Jennifer Lucy Allans Arc Light Editions releases Here the debut album by little known electronic and tape music composer Ruth Anderson 1928-2019 who died just before she was able to see her first solo release out in the world. Here reinserts Ruth Anderson as a trailblazer in the history of electronic music in the USA. Here gathers microtonal electronics drone and meditative long-form works and a mischievous plunderphonic collage into an album that is playful meditative and bold in its minimalist approach to sound. In an article written by her partner the composer Annea Lockwood Ruth describes her music evolved from an understanding of sound as energy which affects ones state of being. These are pieces intended to further wholeness of self and unity with others. Pregnant Dream is a collaboration with poet May Swenson. Points is constructed from pure sine waves a veil of microtonal sound intended as a healing piece that generates quiet energy. So What hovers in electroacoustic space and crescendos in oscillations and phasing. The playful proto-plunderphonics of SUM State of the Union Message is constructed from sounds sampled from TV commercials made one January while Anderson was waiting for a studio to become free offers tongue-in-cheek resistance to politics and communication as pertinent today as then. Her intention with SUM became to say as little and by omission as much as the President Nixon would in his address. The restful and meditative I Come Out Of Your Sleep constructed from the speech vowels in Louise Bogans poem Little Lobelia is a deeply calming and mindful piece. Anderson intended the shape of the vowels to become breathy melodic arcs and tones which becomes the core of a stylized meditation. Sleeve notes by Louise Gray. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Anderson was born in Montana in 1928 and originally trained as a flautist and composer studying with Darius Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. She was the first woman to be admitted to Princeton University Graduate School in the early 1960s. She also worked as an orchestrator for NBC-TV and the Lincoln Center Theater production of Annie Get Your Gun with Ethel Merman 1966. After joining the faculty of Hunter College CUNY in 1966 she created the Hunter College Electronic Music Studio one of the first electronic music studios in the USA to be founded and directed by a woman. She was engaged in studies of psychoacoustics Zen Buddhism and was a committed teacher. She retired from Hunter College in 1989. Ruth Anderson died on November 29th 2019 aged 91 just after approving test pressings for Here.

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