Richard Sisto as Prophet

drum machine, record player, electronic media
6 – 7 minutes
performed here by Stephen Gorbos


Richard Sisto As Prophet was rendered from several different improvisations I performed with electronics.  The piece, in its present form and under its venerable title, was premiered at Google headquarters in New York City in the spring of 2007 on a concert curated by Kevin Ernste and Spencer Topel.  I first encountered the name Richard Sisto on the back of a yoga record I picked up at the annual “Ithaca friends of the book” sale; he was playing vibes.  I googled Richard (partly to have something to say at Google headquarters, but also out of curiosity to find out what he was up to), and was shocked by the results (try it).  Like the many Sistos encountered on the internet (I think my Richard runs a meditative walking school in Kentucky), Richard Sisto as Prophet is layered in reference, meaning, and willful fabrication.


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