Nightlife: A Pop-Opera in Three Acts
NIGHTLIFE is a unique radio-drama inspired pop-opera. Each scene/song resonates with real, collected social exchanges creating a seamless, meandering mosaic of the society of night. This work continues a collaboration with writer John Navarro and composer Jack Stamps after our first opera, BUCK JONES. John wrote the libretto and sculpted the general narrative for NIGHTLIFE from Boston through a networked file-sharing of raw field-recordings, musical ideas, text settings and other materials. Jack composed, arranged and performed the music mixed into a collection of directed and spontaneous interactions with patrons of Texas bars. His use of binaural recording creates a three dimensional sound environment that places the listener within the virtual story space. The project is conceived to be very mobile and can easily be continued with future 'seasons' anywhere with an extraordinarily small number of resources.