Fake News | Stay Tuned
An interactive video score / online musical game.
The work features segments of a youtube speech by D. Trump, with the original images warped (slow / fast motion) and the sound replaced by a virtual ‘orchestra’ of improvisers (the material was assembled after posting an online call for participants).
The interactive work allows to record your own version of Trump’s speech, following face and hands movements as a visual guideline: https://gaudeamusscreendive.com/fakenews/ (please use your computer browser, not smartphone).
Fake News | Stay Tuned was commissioned by SCREEN DIVE, a platform dedicated to sound-based works and interactive online musical works. It was featured in the online program of Gaudeamus 2020 festival, and was created during the 2020 lockdown, thus providing the opportunity to enjoy a musical experience also in solitude, from the comfort of your living room / sofa.
Fake News | Stay Tuned uses a sarcastic tone to address the pressing existential questions of individuals who inhabit a world which is not only reflected by social-media and video-sharing platforms, but is, in fact, very much shaped by them. Program notes: In a Clockwork-Orange manner, we are all brutally fed with fake news, bot accounts, and politically and ideologically polarizing echo chambers. How to deal with the disorienting forced exposure? How to remain creative? How to not let the bad guys win?
Improvisation is the answer.
It is a musically proactive strategy which lets your voice be heard, a personal act of resistance. As well as, it is an artistic remedy against a harsh, dystopian reality, a musically therapeutic act. Hope you enjoy the experience!
The interactive work is based on an earlier version, a musical game / text score guiding the participants (musicians or non-musicians) to improvise by narrating a silenced youtube clip.
This version of Fake News | Stay Tuned was published in Synzine, an online magazine for musical games: https://issuu.com/synzine/docs/sinezine_june_iii