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Album Review

Dust is a double-CD opera that features the voices Robert Ashley, Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Tom Hamilton, Jacqueline Humbert, and Joan La Barbara, with subtle electronic backing provided by "Blue" Gene Tyranny and Tom Hamilton . This 1999 recording is a striking display of Ashley's stream of consciousness poetry, in which the banalities of everyday American life are animated into a sublime form of minimalist opera. Robert Ashley's groundbreaking '70s works "Private Parts and "Automatic Writing pioneered this technique of narrative repetition, and Dust similarly explores the concepts of memory and loss. Its cast apparently standing on a street corner in flippant conversation, Dust takes these pedestrian texts and enlightens them as powerful operatic poetry due to the composer's never less than eloquent sense of arrangement. This dreamy vocal work was a multimedia performance with video projections by Yukihiro Yoshihara, whose images grace the cover artwork. Highly recommended work from this leading American avant-garde composer. ~ S.J. Harrison, Rovi


Born: 01 January 1945 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

"Blue" Gene Tyranny is a composer and pianist of avant-garde music. He has created over 50 works for various electronic and acoustic instruments and voices, which research mysterious natural and social phenomena. Born in San Antonio, TX, in 1945 (adoptive name, Robert Sheff), he has lived in each of the four corners of mainland U.S. During the late '50s, he studied with pianists Meta Hertwig and Rodney Hoare, composers Otto Wick and Frank Hughes, and organized new music events in Texas with composer...
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