Golan Levin, a participant in the Artist-in-Residence Program, delivers a concert performance played out exclusively via the ringing of the audience’s cell phones.
Dialtones presents a diverse range of unprecedented sonic phenomena and musically interesting structures and inverts our understanding of private sound, public space and electromagnetic etiquette. The performers create spatially-distributed melodies and chords, as well as novel textural phenomena like waves of polyphony which cascade across the crowd; these musical structures are visualized by a large projection system connected to the performers' interfaces. Towards the end of its half-hour composition, the Telesymphony builds to a stunning crescendo in which as many as two hundred mobile phones peal simultaneously.
Commissioned by Ars Electronica, realized within the Ars Electronica Research and Residency Program by Golan Levin
Thanks to: The Greenwall Foundation, The Daniel Langlois Foundation, Cellphoneart.com, Design Machine NYC, jet2web Telekom Austria, jet2web Mobilkom, Aculab, Nokia, Siemens, Hartlauer
Collaborating artists: Scott Gibbons, Greg Shakar, Yasmin Sohrawardy
Collaborating engineers: Joris Gruber, Jörg Lehner, Gunther Schmidl, Erich Semlak