Anderson - Peachy Keen-O
(by John de Clef Piñeiro)::
Outrance À La Anderson
Beth Anderson: Torero Piece (1973) - Tower of Power (1973) - Peachy Keen-O (1973)
- Ocean Motion Mildew Mind (1979) - Country Time (1979) - Yes Sir Ree (1978)
- I Cant Stand It (1978) - Joan (1974;1977) - Ode (1975). Pogus Productions
The French have an expression for it: à outrance and has been applied
to the art and ways of those who are "all out," "full out,"and
"way out there." But, of course, in this "do your own thing/anything
goes" aggressively eclectic cultural environment of ours, we have our own
examples and icons; and in the hybridized twilight zone between the dominance
of text and the hegemony of pitched sound, we find the collaged dimensions and
medleys of Beth Anderson.
Ms. Andersons creative output spans an unusually wide gamut, encompassing
the lyricism of new romantic music; to vocal works that include an opera, an
oratorio, choral pieces; to theater music, and chamber and orchestral works,
as well as the text-sound pieces so well represented in this new CD.
Viewed as a sonic retrospective of Ms. Andersons vintage early work, this
latest release, containing nine diverse works copied from her originally-recorded
tapes, assails the complacent consciousness with sound bites of the mundane
and overheard, a mother/daughter phonemic "reading," a monolithic
"organic" tone cluster, elemental rap, wails and rants,
superimposed multi-track piano pitches, and the nasal inexorable semi-chant
of an auctioneer.
Not unlike the poetry of non-sequiturs and the metasensical, Andersons
work inhabits a realm of objectified reality, where the stuff of everyday life
is fragmentized, compressed, and intensified through isolation to achieve an
acute sensation of the moment in sound. That said, it can fairly be asserted
that as a modality of perception, Andersons
work pushes beyond a familiar formalism, disheveling expectations and taking
on the challenge of the incomprehensible. The experience will be a "turn-on"
for some, a first for many, and a mystifying puzzlement for most.