Violin Factory
ORF 7/12/1999
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • An interactive new-media WIENCOUVER Project and performance by Jon Rose
  • On site: RadioKulturhaus, Argentinierstr. 30a, A - 1040 Wien, and Western Front Grand Lux, 303 East 8th Ave, Vancouver.
  • On air: 23.05 pm to 05.52 am - Österreich 1
  • On line:,
  • The Orchestra of Ancient Guts (Vienna): Theresa Schütz, Diana Kiendl, Alexander Eberhard, Isabelle Frodl, Christine Pawlik, Tobias Stosiek, Karin Schlechta, Petra Ackermann, Melissa Coleman, Elisabeth Harringer, Margit Slosser, Christoph Rothaler, Arthur Krachler, Levan Pagava, Tony Burger, Aileen Dullaghan, Wang - Yü Ko, Michael Trabesing, Il-Se-Ling, Luis Morais, Andrew Roots, Michael Pistelok, Mirek Walega, Ciro Vigilaute, Yuko Aragaki.
  • Live Internet violin material from 'The Western Front' (Vancouver): Jim Munro, Parmela Atariwalla, a massed children's Suzuki violin class (education as machine learning).
  • Image manipulation: Peter Courtemanche. Camera: Thomas Grusch
  • Live sampling, violin and mixing: Kaffe Mathews
  • Live interactive video manipulation & visual director: Tom Demeyer (software development: Steim Amsterdam)
  • Composition, interactive conductor, midi bow, samples, accelerometer violin: Jon Rose
  • Extracts from a 2 hour live performance

"The masses have a potentially inexhaustible enthusiasm for the violin. Those who can only follow the old tunes in a revolutionary period are utterly incapable of hearing this enthusiasm. They are deaf and all is silence ahead of them. Haven't we come across enough of these kinds of reactionary bureaucrats in music? Those who simply follow the status quo invariably underestimate the people's enthusiasm for the new functional violin music. Let something new appear and they always disapprove and rush to oppose it. Such people are always passively deaf, always fail to move forward at the critical moment and always have to be given a kick in the backside before they move a step." Introductory note to 'This Township went co-operative in two years' (1955) from The Socialist Upsurge in China's Countryside ed. volume 2.

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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