24 hours, 32 networked computers, 7 opera singers. Based in the new Stuttgart Library thousands of members of the public were invited to edit the classic Verdi opera Rigoletto. Highly controversial in its time, Rigoletto a tragedy critical of Monarchism and presenting a dark image of human nature, was edited and rewritten many times to pacify the European courts and sensibilities of the era. This event organised by Treacle Theatre explores the notions of censorship and free speech.
I was invited to create a specific networked user interface for the project that would allow participants to edit the text of the Opera using syllabic rules that would then be transferred to musical score for a performance at the end of the 24 hours. A number of applications using Processing and various sound and networking libraries were used to create the interface, printing process and dual screen displays for the event.