Project Birdsong Takes Flight
Date: January 6, 2012
Location: England, United Kingdom
A new music project was launched today which will see a piece of music written partly by the collective creativity of twitter users. Tweeters are being invited by composer Christof R Davis to contribute their 130 character lyrical suggestions to use as source text for a new choral work which he will be writing later in the year. Around 15-20 of the best tweets (as chosen by a public vote) will be used in the finished composition, which will receive its world premiere in the Winter of 2012.
Over the last few years, Twitter has taken the world by storm and reaches into every aspect of our lives. There are a huge amount of creative tweeters already generating poignant and poetic content on the social network each day. This project is designed to bring these short tweets together to create a brilliant piece of choral music which will both reflect the zeitgeist of 2012 but will also live on as a collectively created musical work. For a tweet to be submitted to the project it must be no more than 130 characters long and be tagged with the hashtag #BSong. Submissions remain open until the end of February 2012 with all the correctly formatted tweets being presented on a website from 1st – 31st March for a public vote. The 15-20 best lyrical tweets (as voted for by the public) will then be used as the text for the choral composition. The composer will collaborate with the selected tweet authors throughout the creative process.
The creative process is expected to be finished by the end of August 2012 and a world premiere performance of the work will be staged in the Winter of 2012. It is intended that this premiere will be financed through crowd-funding, which is also in keeping with the collective/social ethos of the project. It is intended that the finished work will be written for vocal soloists, SATB Choir and chamber orchestra.
Composer Christof R Davis said: “Twitter is a great connector of people across geographical and social boundaries. What better way to represent this than by inviting people from across the globe to submit text to form the basis of a new choral work. This unique project will capture a moment in time and tell the story of now from a global perspective. Even those tweets which do not make it into the final composition will be displayed and give a sense of the wider picture of the whole project.”
The closing date for submissions of tweets to the project is Wednesday 29th February 2012. Public voting will be open from 1st March – 31st March 2012 and the final selected tweets will be announced on Monday 2nd April. Any public enquiries about the project should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and more information about the project can be found on the project blog: http://projectbirdsong.blogspot.com/