In Reply To: @reichenstein

@reichenstein Here is a piece I made a few years ago in which a few sections are built around some of your own words in a similar manner.
And the source material:

Zwitscher-Maschine, a #twitteropera
for piano quartet, soprano and twitter feed.

Zwitscher-Maschine, a #twitteropera
for piano quartet, soprano and twitter feed

The recent performances of the twitteropera in Basel and Zürich brought home to me some cultural differences regarding smartphones. The Swiss appear to hold back a little more than what I’m used to in Copenhagen, both regarding the technology itself and the large international corporations behind it. I think I’ve seen one old-fashioned flip-phone in CPH during the last few years, whereas in Zürich there are many that consciously choose a non-smart mobile.

I was wondering if there might be some inverse correlation between reliance on mobile phones and the degree to which a society provides a solid infrastructure that people can rely on for their basic needs. The mobile phone isn’t as crucial in Switzerland as it is in developing countries where the cellular network is the only form of connectivity available. For refugees it might be their single most important possession, as a recent BBC video made clear.

Make no mistake, smartphones are still pretty widespread in Switzerland, as the above photograph of a morning ride in a Zürich tram clearly shows – it’s just that there are a number that express reluctance in embracing the smartphone revolution.

No problems with being on Facebook though.

Musical Tweets

A few words on the KlangBasel #twitteropera premiere in the TagesWoche:

These devices [smartphones] also play a large role in Rudiger Meyers “Zwitscher-Maschine”, which here only borrows its title from Paul Klee. Soprano Irina Ungureanu and the Mondrian Ensemble confront new music in a hall of the jazz campus, with the digital world: the libretto is tweeted on the mobile.

It is not only an image of the internet, but also a piece of humankind’s cultural history, since the short texts range from poets like Rumi and Rilke to Marshall MacLuhan or the NSA. Not only the human voice translates that which has been zwittered, the strings and piano also follow the speech rhythm of the tweets, abstracting the digital words into analog, wordless sound.

—Stefan Franzen @TagesWoche

“…nicht nur ein Abbild des Internet, sondern auch ein Stück Kulturgeschichte der Menschheit”

And this is the crazy room tonight’s performance will be taking place in.,1,1,0,72,

Zwitscher-Maschine, a #twitteropera
Zürich, this evening 20:30,1,1,0,72,

Rehearsing the #twitteropera
Premiere in Basel this evening 18:00

Printing the internet