5. OCTOBER 1995
|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.