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The Wire Tapper 33

Track 5

"Distant Space"

From Daytime Viewing

Originally released as a private cassette documenting a collaborative performance by performer and visual artist Jacqueline Humbert and composer David Rosenboom, Daytime Viewing (1979–80) is an extended narrative song, based on a casual analysis of daytime television drama and the audience phenomena such programming addresses. The piece explores the use of fantasy as a survival mechanism against loneliness, illustrating the human compulsion to inflate the mundane to mythological proportions.

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