This piece of ‘electronic sculpture’ re-purposes common, household clock radios to perform John Cage’s “Lecture On Nothing”. The clock radios have been hacked, (significantly modified electronically), to display alphabetical text. I call them ‘Type Radios’. There are four measures in each line of the printed lecture, displayed by four Type Radios sitting on a shelf in the gallery. Each Type Radio displays one measure’s text and the rhythmic structure of the lecture is experienced as a composition of the four. There are twelve lines of four measures per movement in the lecture, and the total piece consists of forty eight movements.
The piece also includes a small FM radio set to produce the sound of radio static through the speakers of the Type Radios, which changes pitch slightly as the clocks switch from one to another.