Roger Clark Miller: Six Dream Interpretations

May 29, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Update 5/27/20: Due to technical difficulties this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This performance will take place on Zoom on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the installation Transmuting the Prosaiccurrently on view in BMAC’s Mary Sommer Room (albeit without any viewers), Mission of Burma co-founder and front man Roger Clark Miller offers a live-streamed “solo electric guitar ensemble” performance from his home in the woods of southern Vermont.

Six 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 Six Dream Interpretations blends rock, classical new music, psychedelia, electronic composition, ambience, and more into an organized whole.

Approximate duration: 40 minutes + Q&A to follow


NOTE: This event was originally planned to be a live performance at BMAC of Miller’s original compositions, featuring Miller himself, the Ludovico Ensemble, and other musicians. We hope to reschedule that performance at a later date.