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Political Science 101 This piece can be performed acoustically without the use of megaphones, but preferably with some sort of amplification device, especially if of low-fidelity. 30 performers, each holding a megaphone – in circle, facing inwards (surrounding the audience if applicable) – all independently softly whispering a text into their own megaphone – each performer independently chooses a current text calling for political activism or one that reacts to a current political issue. Each performer is also allocated the sound of one phoneme from the list bellow – as performers read their text they are to react according to the given game bellow every 13th time they encounter their own allocated phoneme in the text – when finished reacting, performers immediately return to reading their text in whispers form the point at which they broke off, and loop it indefinitely. Chosen texts could be in any language featuring the given phonemes – alternatively Political Science 101 could be translated into any language, adding or subtracting performers respective of the local phonemes most commonly used. Performance Duration Political Science 101 should be cued-in by all performers in unison. The minimal duration of performance should allow for a transition from the initial texture of whispers to a texture consisting of erratic repetition of phonemes. There is no upper limit to the duration of the piece and its process should be stopped at any given point, abruptly and in unison.

Game All materials performed mf – phonetics written using the ASCII phonetic alphabet • • • • • • • • •

a: – Any sung pitch – one-second utterance of phonetic a: (like arm) – on every repeat use same note and sound, and add one more second to the overall length. b – Any register – one utterance of phonetic b (like bag) – on every repeat add one more b sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout. k – Any mouth-shape – one utterance of phonetic k (like cat) – on every repeat add one more k sound in rapid succession – similar mouth shape throughout. q – Any register – one utterance of the q sound (like cute) – on every repeat add one more q sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout. tS – Any lip-shape – one utterance of phonetic tS (like church) – on every repeat add one more tS sound in rapid succession – different lip-shape on every new attempt. d – Any register – one utterance of phonetic d (like dog) – on every repeat add one more d sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout. e – Any sung pitch – one-second utterance of phonetic e (like bed) – on every repeat use same note and sound, and add one more second to the overall length. f – Any lip-shape – one utterance of phonetic f (like fat) – on every repeat add one more f sound in rapid succession – different lip-shape on every new attempt. g – Any register – one utterance of phonetic g (like god) – on every repeat add one more g sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout.


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h – Any mouth shape – one utterance of phonetic h (like hello) – on every repeat add one more h sound in rapid succession – similar mouth shape throughout. i: – Any sung pitch – one-second utterance of phonetic i: (like see) – on every repeat use same note and sound, and add one more second to the overall length. dZ – Any register – one utterance of phonetic dZ (like large) – on every repeat add one more dZ sound in rapid succession – different register on each new attempt. l – Any register – one utterance of phonetic l (like love) – on every repeat add one more l sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout. m – Any register – one utterance of phonetic m (like man) – on every repeat add one more m sound in slow succession – similar register throughout. n – Any register – one utterance of phonetic n (like no) – on every repeat add one more n sound in slow succession – similar register throughout. o: – Any sung pitch – one-second utterance of phonetic o: (like four) – on every repeat use same note and sound, and add one more second to the overall length. p – Any lip-shape – one utterance of phonetic p (like park) – on every repeat add one more p sound in rapid succession – similar lip shape throughout. r – Any register – one utterance of phonetic r (like red pronounced in North-American English) – on every repeat add one more r sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout. s – Any lip-shape – one utterance of phonetic s (like sun) – on every repeat add one more s sound in rapid succession – different lip-shape on every new attempt. S – Any lip-shape – one utterance of phonetic S (like shade) – on every repeat add one more S sound in rapid succession – different lip-shape on every new attempt. Z – Any register – one utterance of phonetic Z (like vision) – on every repeat add one more Z sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout. t – Any lip-shape – one utterance of phonetic t (like tea) – on every repeat add one more t sound in rapid succession – different lip-shape on every new attempt. th – Any lip-shape – one utterance of phonetic th (like think) – on every repeat add one more th sound in medium succession – similar lip-shape on every new attempt. TH – Any register – one utterance of phonetic TH (like mother) – on every repeat add one more TH sound in rapid succession – different register on every new attempt. u: – Any sung pitch – one-second utterance of phonetic u: (like blue) – on every repeat use same note and sound, and add one more second to the overall length. v – Any register – one utterance of phonetic v (like voice) – on every repeat add one more v sound in medium succession – similar register throughout. w – Any register – one utterance of phonetic w (like wet) – on every repeat add one more w sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout. x – Any register – one utterance of the x sound (like ex) – on every repeat add one more x sound in medium succession – similar register throughout. j – Any register – one utterance of phonetic j (like yes) – on every repeat add one more j sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout. z – Any register – one utterance of the z sound (like lazy) – on every repeat add one more z sound in rapid succession – similar register throughout.

London, 20.11.10 Revised – Southampton 13.12.10

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Ophir Ilzetzki - Political Science 101  

Ophir Ilzetzki's Political Science 101 (2010) was commissioned by Ensemble Zwichentoene for its 2010 festival: "I Have Nothing to Say and I...

Ophir Ilzetzki - Political Science 101  

Ophir Ilzetzki's Political Science 101 (2010) was commissioned by Ensemble Zwichentoene for its 2010 festival: "I Have Nothing to Say and I...

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