POGUS POGUS Is Watching You!

Beth Anderson - Peachy Keen-O
Pogus 21030-2 CD, $14.00 US
Add to Cart

Download from iTunes

Download from Rhapsody

Download Album/Tracks

Beth Anderson -
Peachy Keen-O
This CD has pieces with an auctioneer, a Kentucky farm with birds & clover, a jazz dancer, a quivering, vibrating, sexually tinged piece full of women saying supplication, a saint dying in flames, a drum piece about frustration, mother/daughter miscommunication, a pipe organ, and punk rap with overtones of yoga. Many of Anderson's compositions from 1973-1979 use words or parts of words to make either all or part of the music. Sometimes the music is derived from the words. Some of it is considered to be part of the genre known as text-sound.

(The following is edited from Beth Anderson's liner notes)
Peachy Keen-O (1973): This electro-acoustic piece is for female voices, organ, electric guitar, vibraphone, large membranophones & metalophones, improvisatory dancers, peach light and pre-recorded tape. It is what my mother called "haunted house music". Tower of Power (1973): This organ piece is a graphic score. The recording on this CD is the first performance. The ideal playback of this piece would be "as loud an amplitude as possible, using both your ears and your equipment to decide". Torero Piece (1973): The phonemic part of this text-sound piece was derived from a paint-by-numbers scroll found in a used clothing store. The vowels and consonants were chosen because they exist in the Spanish language. (I had just heard ZAJ perform and I was very enthusiastic about them). The instruction for the reading part is to describe the most dramatic event or relationship in your life. Each performer writes his/her own speech. Joan (1974; 1977): In 1974 I made an oratorio about Joan of Arc using the translation of the text of her trial as the basis. I decoded the text into pitches and used a modulating coding system with instructions and free rhythm. The concert performance was amazing…. However I was not able to hear my modulating coding system clearly in all this, so I made the version of that piece that is on this CD. This fifteen-track all piano version of only the pitches was made in 1977. Ode (1975): "Ode" was created and mixed at the Queen's College and Wesleyan electronic music studios. I Can't Stand It (1976): When I first moved to New York I had a hard time getting used to how things were here and this piece is a direct response to that frustration. It was conceived for voice and drum set. Yes Sir Ree (1978): This text-sound piece is based on phrases used by Richard Levy and things his students mumbled about him. He used to scream various encouraging words and compliments at his students in the process of teaching his class and his philosophy seemed to be that dancing was to be enjoyed massively. Ocean Motion Mildew Mind (1979): This is a Punk realization of "ommm". The words begin "ocean, motion, mildew, mind" and continue "wishin', Titian, swishin', swine." Country Time (1979): This piece is a cut-up of an additive description of a walk around my family's farm in Kentucky in early summer with a poem I wrote about other experiences in Kentucky. It is for voice and percussion with or without birdcalls.

Beth Anderson (b. January 3, 1950, Lexington, Kentucky) is a composer of avant-garde works that have been performed all around the world and that have brought her much acclaim; she is also active as a critic, pianist and vocalist. Ms. Anderson earned half a PhD at New York University, majored in piano performance at the University of Kentucky from 1966-68 and earned her BA in music from the University of California in 1971. She studied further at Mills College in Oakland, California and earned her MFA in piano performance, 1973 and her MA in composition, 1974. She was co-editor of the publication Ear from 1973-79 and is currently a teacher at the Greenwich House Music School, New York. Over the years, Ms. Anderson has studied with Robert Ashley, Larry Austin, John Cage, and Terry Riley, among others. She is a pioneer in the field of text-sound music, which uses words and phonemes to make a kind of vocal-percussive music.

Audio Listen (Mp3)

Review Reviews - by John de Clef Piñeiro
Cat.# :: Composer(s)
:: Enzo Minarelli
:: Aliona Yurtsevich
:: Yiorgis Sakellariou
:: Kasper T. Toeplitz
:: Tom Hamilton
:: David First
:: Tomomi Adachi / Jaap Blonk / Owen F. Smith / Duane Ingalls
:: Marta Sainz &
If, Bwana
21081 :: Aliona Yurtsevich
:: If, Bwana
:: Ulrich Krieger
:: Triple Point
:: Robin Hayward
:: Ron Nagorcka
:: Secluded Bronte
:: David Rosenboom
:: Peter Batchelor
21072 :: Alvin Lucier
21071 :: Lou Cohen
21070 :: Brian Chase
21069 :: Jerry Hunt
21068 :: If, Bwana
21067 :: Jorge Antunes
21066 :: Enzo Minarelli
21065 :: Tensions At The Vanguard
21064 :: Frances White
21063 :: Noah Creshevsky
21062 :: If,Bwana/Trio Scordatura
21061 :: Nate Wooley
21060 :: Leo Kupper
21059 :: Pauline Oliveros/ Francisco López/Doug Van Nort/Jonas Braasch
21058 :: Philip Corner
21057 :: Alvin Lucier
21056 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21055 :: Birds + Machines
21054 :: Kiva
21053 :: César Bolaños
21052 :: Lionel Marchetti & Olivier Capparos
21051 :: Tom Hamilton/
Bruce Eisenbeil
21050 :: Source Records 1-6
21049 :: Noah Creshevsky/ If,Bwana
21048 :: Simon Wickham-Smith
21047 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21046 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21045 :: Annea Lockwood
21044 :: Felix Werder
21043 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21042 :: Nick Didkovsky
21041 :: Montreal Sound Matter
21040 :: Anla Courtis
21039 :: Crawling with Tarts
21038 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21037 :: Hans Otte
21036 :: DIY Canons
21035 :: Band/Myers
21034 :: Chris Brown
21033 :: Tom Johnson
21032 :: Roger Reynolds
21031 :: Trios - Collaboration
21030 :: Beth Anderson
21029 :: Hamilton, Silverton, Margolis
21028 :: Warren Burt
21027 :: Jorge Antunes
21026 :: David Dunn
21025 :: Roger Reynolds
21024 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21023 :: Pauline Oliveros
21022 :: David Rosenboom
21021 :: Ross Bolleter
21020 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21019 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21018 :: Leo Kupper
21017 :: Robert Rutman
21016 :: Matthew Ostrowski
21015 :: various
21014 :: Rune Linblad
21013 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21012 :: Pauline Oliveros
21011 :: Rune Linblad
21010 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21009 :: Leo Kupper
21008 :: various
21007 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21006 :: Trigger
21005 :: Big City Orchestra
IB :: If,Bwana
FPM :: Frog Peak Music
CUE :: C.U.E. Records
SOP :: Sound of Pig Cassettes
ANTS :: Ants (Italian Label)
ANIMUL :: Ned Rothenberg
HOMLER :: Anna Homler
OAKSMUS :: oaksmus (German Label)
GD STEREO :: Geoff Dugan
ANOMALOUS :: Anomalous Records
NONSEQUITUR :: Nonsequitur
CAUTION: Listening to POGUS CD's may cause you to become one with the universe (or at least your immediate environment)
Unless otherwise noted, all content © 2000 - 2005 Pogus Productions  ::  Design by Family Design Group