Dialtones (A Telesymphony)
Golan Levin / Scott Gibbons / Gregory Shakar
STAALPLAAT PRESS RELEASE [October 2002]
What is the sound of 200 mobile phones ringing? When it's choreographed
by computer whiz Golan Levin, 'Lilith' frontman Scott Gibbons, and sound
artist Gregory Shakar, the answer is: suprisingly sublime. 'Dialtones'
is a large-scale concert performance whose sounds were wholly produced
through the carefully triggered dialing and ringing of the audiences'
own mobile phones. In "Dialtones", waves of polyphony cascade
across the crowd, rendering unprecedented sonic phenomena like spatially-distributed
melodies and chords. The magic is accomplished with a custom software
system, developed by the artists, which allowed them to arrange the audience
members' locations and ringtones before the concert, and then perform
their mobiles in real time with a specially-designed dialing instrument.
The composition is sometimes delicate and twinkly, sometimes cacophonous,
and sometimes purifyingly haunting. More than just a simple composition,
however, 'Dialtones' is a performance artwork which redirects our attention
to the unexplored musical potential of a ubiquitous modern appliance,
and inverts our understandings of private sound, public space, electromagnetic
etiquette, and the fabric of the communications network which connects
us. This disc contains a complete live recording of the 26-minute concert,
as well as a special CD-ROM component with Quicktime video excerpts, interviews
with the artists, and other information about the concert.
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