|Long before Lady Gaga bought his house, Mr. Zappa ("just another Frank from LA") opinionated in an interview: "If you want to be a musician, you just have to realize that nobody is gonna care." To prove him right, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave Frank Zappa a "Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)" Grammy for his "Jazz from Hell" record that was "performed" without any musicians or instruments on a computer, except for the track of "St. Etienne". To be sold in stores "Jazz from Hell" had to carry a sticker that read: "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" and the "Explicit Content" was neither Rock nor Jazz, but his own brand of complex music made on the $200,000 Synclavier.
Even more expensive was the HAL 9000, a sentient computer that controlled the systems of the "Discovery One" spacecraft and interacted with the ship's astronaut crew in both the film and novel entitled "2001: A Space Odyssey", and was mostly depicted as a camera lens containing a red dot. As Arthur C. Clarke opinionated in "The Lost Worlds of 2001": "As is clearly stated in the novel (Chapter 16), HAL stands for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer. However, about once a week [sic!] some character spots the fact that HAL is one letter ahead of IBM, and promptly assumes that Stanley [Kubrick] and I were taking a crack at the estimable institution." He was quite the character.
These are the facts. "The world is the totality of facts, not of things", as Ludwig Wittgenstein opinionated. As a matter of fact, I'm going to be frank; this is what "Jazz from HAL 9000" is: Just another very laborious Wiener Process that produced 12 endless streams of complex music, fit for a vinyl record. This ain't no "Jazz for the Jet Set". Quite Zappa-esque? No, Rothkamm-atic! But is anyone gonna care?
|Title:||Jazz from HAL 9000|
|Sound Artist:||Frank Rothkamm|
|Visual Artist:||Holger Rothkamm|
|File Under:||Rock Instrumental Performance Art|