The amount of 10 Roentgens seems like a negligible amount of radiation, but the innocuous-looking number is deceptive. The human observers of the Trinity, Castle Bravo, and Christmas Island atomic tests absorbed between 0.2-0.8 Roentgens in less than a minute; some victims of Hiroshima - those who survived the blast, and depending on location - absorbed between 0.5 and 10 Roentgens (or more) every second for nearly two minutes; the "bio-robot" liquidators at Chernobyl - those who removed radioactive materials from the roof of the blown reactor - absorbed 8-10 Roentgens in a matter of 45 seconds. Hiroshima's Roentgen per hour count ranged from 3 to over 1500.
A lethal radiation dose can begin anywhere from 200-600 Roentgens per hour; an exposure rate of 10 Roentgens per second will kill a person within 6 months. Any survivors will be permanently, severely impaired. The average person may be exposed to only 200 to 500 milliroentgens (0.2 to 0.5 Roentgens) per year.
I composed the work first as audio (as per usual), using primarily the voices of: Mikhail Gorbachev during his Politburo press conference addressing the Chernobyl disaster; Ann Coulter; Konstantin Fedotov, one of the officers in charge of the Chernobyl "liquidation"; and J Robert Oppenheimer's classic televised interview from 1965. Audio processes were created through CSound, MAX/MSP, AudioMulch, and Soundhack; it was assembled in Vegas. The video sources are largely from public-domain, declassified military films from the late 1940s through the early 1960s, and a few interviews and archival footage of Chernobyl. There are also the obvious bits.