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Paul Rooney

There are Two Paths

26 July — 13 September 2003

This performance, masterminded by British artist Paul Rooney, was based on Led Zeppelin’s rock classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’. It involved two bands one opening with the songs first two verses, followed by the other band playing them backwards, with the lyrics phonetically translated and the music notated accordingly. An idea of a stairway to heaven was thus caught, continually and seamlessly rebounded across the stage, in a strange echoing, the reversal of the song was a smart reference to the prevalent myth, during the 1970s, that secret, even satanic meanings were revealed through playing vinyl discs of rock music anti-clockwise. The finale was aesthetically and philosophically complicated, involving as it did the forwards and backwards versions being played simultaneously.