Digital Speech uses a traveler's anecdote, a perverse variant of a classic Zen parable, as a vehicle for an exploration of language, thought, and gesture. The tape plays with the nature of narrative, with ways of telling, performing, and illustrating, and uses nonsense language, scat singing, and video rescan for comic comment. Gesticulation is by percussionist Jim Meneses.
"Rose has here taken on one of the classic semiotic propositions and plays several simultaneous riffs on it, using meta-cinematic tactics in the service of a wry sense of humor. That he manages to invest the whole business with a cartooned irony only underscores the reflexive nature of his gambit."
- Rick Perlman, Rotomontage