DIALTONES: A Telesymphony
                                composition and performance in collaboration
                                with Golan Levin and Scott Gibbons
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DIALTONES: A Telesymphony

Dialtones is a live concert scored for 200 ringing cellphones, composed and performed by Golan Levin, Scott Gibbons and Gregory Shakar. The composition's sounds are wholly produced through the carefully choreographed dialing and ringing of the audience’s own mobile phones. The concert begins with a brief preparation phase prior to its performance, during which the members of the audience register their wireless telephone numbers at a cluster of secure Web kiosks. In exchange for this information, the participants receive seating assignment tickets for the concert venue, and new custom-composed "ringtones" which are automatically downloaded to their handsets. During the concert itself, the audience’s mobile phones are brought to life by the composers, who perform the phones en masse by dialing them up with a specially designed, visual-musical software instrument. Because the audience’s positions and sounds are known to the Dialtones computer system, the performers can create spatially-distributed melodies and chords, as well as novel textural phenomena like waves of polyphony which cascade across the crowd; these musical structures, moreover, are visualized by a large projection system connected to the performers’ interfaces. Dialtones was premiered on Sunday, 2 September 2001 at the Brucknerhaus Auditorium in Linz, Austria as a production of TAKEOVER: the 2001 Ars Electronica Festival.

Dialtones (A Telesymphony)
G.Levin / S. Gibbons / G. Shakar
audio CD with bonus Quicktimes
Staalplaat STCD 160


More information about Dialtones, Golan Levin, and Scott Gibbons can be found at their respective web sites.