ABC 1999
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • Commissioned for the ABC Listening Room, first broadcast 15/3/99
  • Producer for The Listening Room - Sherre de Lys
  • Recording engineer - John Jacobs
  • Talkback radio host and archive voices courtesy of ABC radio staff, with texts by Jon Rose.
  • Irish fiddle music played on a tenor violin (Vatiliotis) by Jon Rose. All MIDI instruments, the quarter tone violin, Tromba Mariner, sound effects, film track reconstructions, and arrangements of The Pitcairn National Hymn performed in authentic Pitcairn vocal style by Jon Rose.

Jon Rose continues his life long work rewriting the history of the violin; although in the case of The Bounty's fiddle player Michael Byrne, the original story is so bizarre that it is enough to juxtapose the facts and fictions presented by the historians, the descendants of the Mutineers, the descendants of the notorious Captain Bligh and the demands of Hollywood, for a radio drama to emerge that circumnavigates the full pretensions and despair of human hopes. Paradise lost on the oceans of the most audacious Irish fiddle music.

What's New

March 2023
'Beak' - Kronos Quartet plays the world premiere, a composition based on the song of a Pied Butcherbird by Jon Rose and Hollis Taylor.
Adelaide Festival
July 2022
'Fringe Benefits 1977​-​1985' - Historic glimpses of Improvised and Experimental Music in Australia; making available recordings from the original vinyl and cassette catalogue on Fringe Benefits.
May 2021
'State of Play' titles my double album featuring duo improvisations and recent projects with a cast of great collaborators...out now!
ReR Recommended Records, London
May - October 2021
'Whistling in the Dark' embraces a set of duets between various pied butcherbirds (from field recordings in outback Australia) and virtuosic human musicians (in home lockdown) performing transcriptions of this extraordinary avian music.
On Line Project available September
November 2021 - Premiere
'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. Finally after many Covid-19 delays, the work is performed. Inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA, you can mix your own version here.
Brno, Czech Republic
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