Roger Meyers/Ruth Anderson split LP

Roger Meyers/Ruth Anderson split LP front cover
Roger Meyers/Ruth Anderson split LP back cover
Roger Meyers/Ruth Anderson split LP side A
Louise Bogan (1897-1970)

I was once a part
Of your blood and bone.
Now no longer –
I’m alone, I’m alone.

Each day, at dawn,
I come out of your sleep;
I can’t get back.
I weep, I weep.

Little Lobelia’s Song, excerpt,
by Louise Bogan (pictured above)

Ruth AndersonUS electro-acoustic music composer Ruth Anderson, born 1928, trained as a flutist in the 1950s, before turning to electronic music during the 1960s at Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. She founded the electronic music studio at Hunter College, NYC, in 1968, while also teaching composition there. Regrettably so, the track on this LP is one of the few ever published by Anderson. Composed 1979, I Come Out Of Your Sleep is based on vowel sounds only, taken from the Louise Bogan poem Little Lobelia’s Song. Each vowel is slowed down, elongated and electronically processed on 4 simultaneous tracks. The effect is that of a breath-mantra, as it seems to settle your own breath while you listen. Its palpable, oneiric quality would suit Surrealists’ lucid dreaming experiments or a Maya Deren film soundtrack. Anderson’s experience as a flutist is obvious from the impervious control of breath. A different version of I Come Out Of Your Sleep was published on CD in 1998. Cover art is a photogram by Ruth Anderson’s partner Annea Lockwood.

US composer and computer programmer Roger Meyers took part to the completion of the Pantograph computer music interface in 1976 with Joel Chadabe, George Kindler and Richard Lainhart. In 1977, in cooperation with Chadabe, Meyers conceived the first programmable sequencer, known as the Play Program. The pair later collaborated on other projects, like Settings for Spirituals, 1977, a Chadabe composition for which Meyers assisted with computer programming. Written 1979, Meyers’ track After “The Pond” (after Charles Ives) is an exquisite sonic mobile where dream-like, electronic sounds chime in a rarefied  atmosphere. Coming from a computer-monitored Synclavier, the sounds are completely in line with I Come Out Of Your Sleep and will maintain the listener in a semi-lucid dreaming state. Silver Screen, created 1975, doesn’t even use a keyboard, as it is entirely computer-based.

01 Ruth Anderson ‘I Come Out Of Your Sleep‘ (21:47)
02 Roger Meyers ‘After “The Pond”‘ (10:04)
03 Roger Meyers ‘Silver Screen’ (8:26)

Total time 40:17
LP released by Opus One, Greenville, ME, USA, 1982


Little Lobelia’s Song

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7 Responses to “Roger Meyers/Ruth Anderson split LP”

  1. 1 Dave M October 19, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Oh man, this really takes me back. That Ruth Anderson track is classic. Thanks!

  2. 2 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián October 19, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Great post and blog my friend, ‘I Come Out Of Your Sleep’ is just fantastic, thanks for hours of great music!


  3. 3 continuo October 19, 2010 at 7:18 am

    @Dave: A classic and a masterpiece, Dave, agree with you.
    @Joaquín: Glad you enjoy some of the music here.

  4. 4 anon June 10, 2012 at 5:55 am

    re-up please?

  5. 5 continuo June 10, 2012 at 9:14 am

    See the 2012 Re-ups page.

  6. 6 Etienne September 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Hi Continuo,
    Is there any solo album by Roger Meyers to your knowledge?
    Silver screen is totally fascinating, an entire record like that would be such a gem!

  7. 7 continuo September 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I have no idea, Etienne. I have some piano music by Emerson Meyers on another Opus One LP, but I’m not aware of other Roger Meyers recordings.
    For me, “I Come Out Of Your Sleep” is the real star on this LP.

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