This collection has been released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding, by composer Roger Doyle and performer Olwen Fouere, of the music-theatre company Operating Theatre.
Operating Theatre has been active in two phases: the first from 1981 to 1988, and the second from 1998 to 2008.
This double album celebrates the first phase, during which the company operated as both a theatre company, integrating music as an equal partner in the theatrical environment, and as a band releasing records. Roles were flexible within the company in that Fouere also sang and Doyle also acted.
Roger Doyle : keyboards on all tracks (variously: Fairlight Computer Music Instrument, piano, synthesizers, harmonium, electric grand); drums on the CBS singles; vocals on ‘ Sir Geoffrey' and ‘Don Perlimplin Has No Honour' . Production on all tracks except where mentioned. Remastering of all tracks.
Olwen Fouere : lyrics and vocals on ‘Amene-Moi', ‘Part Of My Make-Up', ‘Austrian', ‘Rampwalk',‘Johnny's Body At 002', 'Honey I'm Home'; vocals on ‘ Blue Light And Alpha Waves'; backing vocals on ‘Spring Is Coming…' and ‘Queen Of No Heart'.
Elena Lopez : lyrics and vocals on ‘Spring Is Coming…', ‘Queen Of No Heart' ; vocals on ‘Ah Love, Ah love'; distant voice on ‘Belisa In The Garden';
Tom Mathews : film director on 'Austrian' and ‘Positive Disintegration'; lyrics for 'Sir Geoffrey' and ‘Blue Light And Alpha Waves' .
Sean Devitt : drums on 'Fingerdance Waltz', ‘Spring Is Coming…' and ‘Queen Of No Heart' .
Liam Stack : trombone on ‘Austrian' and ‘Blue Light And Alpha Waves'.
Jolyon Jackson : bass guitar on ‘Rampwalk' and production on the CBS singles..
Bono : guitar on ‘Queen Of No Heart' and production on ‘Spring Is Coming…', ‘Queen Of No Heart'. With thanks to Principle Management.
'Sir Geoffrey' recorded by Paddy Gilsenan for the Dave Fanning Show on 2FM, 1981. Composed with John S Doyle (no relation). Photo: Amelia Stein. Total time: 1 hour 50 approx (download); 1 hour 33 (CD).
Roger Doyle – composer, keyboardist and producer of own music, in concert and in the studio. Likes to work on large projects and to collaborate with others. Works with a multiplicity of musical languages and evolving technologies.