DEVIL IN THE WIND
ABC 1994
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • Recorded in China in November 1994 by Jon Rose
  • Edited together for John Crawford's NMA show on the ABC
  • Er-hu, violin, 19 string cello, played by Jon Rose
  • Extract featuring a speech by Deng Xiaoping from the original 56'50" radiophonic work

A sonic panorama of China in transition, featuring millions of bicycles, musical arrangements of speeches from Mao and Deng Xiou Ping, the Er-hu (Chinese two string violin) playing key copiers who live in a cardboard box on the streets of Beijing, a flu epidemic, a visit to the people's instrument factory (big on Yang Quins), a Chinese lesson for dumb foreigner (me), lots of fireworks, a political commentary on the great success of CD and video pirating and the future collapse of capitalism.

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.
bandcamp
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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