5. OCTOBER 1995



THE THINKING ROSS DID

G.X.Jupitter-Larsen: Live Radio-Performance of
"The Thinking Ross Did"
Musikprotokoll, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, 1995

LIVE RADIO PERFORMANCE - GRAZ, Congress

von G.X Jupitter-Larsen


Technik: Landesstudio Steiermark
ORF Kunstradio & Musikprotokoll/Steirischer Herbst'95

DOCUMENTATION (Sound & Image) of "The Thinking Ross Did"
A CASSETTE OF THIS PROGRAM CAN BE ORDERED FROM THE "ORF TONBANDDIENST"

My primarily concern is with giving new meanings to old symbols and old meanings to new symbols in order to communicate the absurdity I find in rot and decay; re-information emphasizing entropy. This re-information is accomplished by means of variation on a theme and contrast between medium and massage.

One case in point of re-information is the Welsh mathematician Ross Rhesymolwaith (1911-1983) who use to say that random radio static reminded him of thought. He wrote in his book PLAT RHIF CAR (1964): "Thinking is just like any other kind of white noise, static is never still."

My radio play "The Thinking Ross Did" consists of me rubbing a hand-held calculator against some very abrasive sandpaper non-stop for 35 minutes. Two contact-mics mounted on the calculator are used to amplify the resulting white noise of the grinding.

White-noise is said to be an accumulative effect. The listener is in the centre of a spiraling wind of grinding static. Rhesymolwaith's reference to a beauty resulting from the wearing down of numbers is made tangible during the performance and broadcast of this play.



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