Roger Clark Miller: Four Dream Interpretations

October 1, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

View the recording of this event here.

In conjunction with the installation Transmuting the Prosaiccurrently on view in BMAC’s Mary Sommer Room, Mission of Burma co-founder and front man Roger Clark Miller presents his dream-inspired “solo electric guitar ensemble” music via Zoom and Facebook Live. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the musician and artist. 

Four Dream Interpretations is an updated version of Miller’s Elemental Guitar work from the mid 1990s. It features Miller on a customized Stratocaster six-string, three altered/prepared lap-steel guitars, a new looping device, and many sound-altering tools. It’s just Miller, but with the looping device there are often three or more guitar parts heard simultaneously — hence, solo ensemble.

The structure of the music is based on Miller’s dreams and the Dream Interpretation technique he developed in 1975 as a student at Thomas Jefferson College. “Part of what intrigues me about this technique is that a dream is created without conscious control, yet is completely ego-based and could ONLY have been created by that dreamer. It is, in that sense, an interesting take on utilizing ‘chance’ in music, and is simultaneously super-personal, yet objectively abstract,” says Miller.

Those who know Miller’s music will not be surprised that Four Dream Interpretations blends rock, classical new music, psychedelia, electronic composition, ambience, and more into an organized whole.


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Artists’ Resource Trust.