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Ilzetzki, Ophir: Political Science 101 



Basic information

  • Title: 
    Political Science 101
  • Duration (in minutes): 
  • Year of composition: 
  • First performance (year): 
  • First performance (venue): 
    Schloßplatz, Berlin
  • First performance (performers): 
    Ensemble Zwischentöne; 35 Megaphones of Otto Beck's Orchester für Direkte Demokratie
  • Keywords: 
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): no


  • Program notes: 

    Commissioned by Ensemble Zwischentöne & the 35 Megaphones of Otto Beck's Orchester für Direkte Demokratie for I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY AND I AM SAYING IT - a festival that took place every Saturday at 15:00 on the Schloßplatz-Berlin between November 13th & December 11th, 2010.

    As the stimulus for composers was the idea of demonstration, each composer chose his/her own way of dealing with the topic: Some were literal, others subtler; some tried to evoke a specific meaning, others chose to remain more vague and opaque. Political Science 101 is my own musical reaction…

  • Technical specs: 

    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.




Total number of musicians: 
Non standard

megaphones or other means of (analog) amplification



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