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Esther Dyson's 12 Design Rules
For SATB and Keyboard, with optional Double Bass and Vibraphone

Esther Dyson's 12 Design Rules is a part of Schizophonia - a 50 minute work for three ‘remote' ensembles and electroacoustic media composed for the 10th anniversary of Norway's ILIOS Festival. It acts as a kind of ‘cabaret' interlude between a series of choral and instrumental movements. Schizophonia uses ISDN communications technology to bring together three simultaneous live performances in different locations, creating a fourth virtual performance on the Internet. Coordinated by a continuo group of three soloists and performed by wind, string and choral ensembles the music addresses fundamental conflicts in the spread of digital communications alongside issues of acoustic ecology.

The score makes reference to R. Murray Schafer's The New Soundscape, and sets words from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Sean Cubitt's Digital Aesthetics and Esther Dyson's Release 2.0.

In Schizophonia the choral forces are reduced for the 12 Design Rules to four solo singers with accompaniment from the continuo trio of vibraphone, electric piano and bass. It may be performed live or be pre-recorded and presented as a kind of music video. The score presented here is for a stand-alone performance by a chamber choir and keyboard accompaniment with optional parts for bass and vibraphone.

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