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Jennifer Lucy Allan’s 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, as one of the first women to set up an electronic music studio. 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.
Ruth Anderson's work is often stripping back to the basic building blocks of sound, speech, or poetry. 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 one’s state of being. [These are] pieces intended to further wholeness of self and unity with others.”