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SCENE METHOD COMMENTS
Conspiracy Theories improvised text
vocal improv
soundscape
draws on the Internet's boundless stock of conspiracy theories.
Sound: Maria Esteves. Performer: Tracey A. Leigh. Text: Antoinette LaFarge/The Plaintext Players.
Prologue improvised text
voice synthesis
video
how the online contributors begin their improvisations.
Video: Antoinette LaFarge. Text: Antoinette LaFarge/The Plaintext Players. Voice synthesis: Jeff Ridenour.
The Making of a Great Man improvised text
vocal improv
sound improv
a meditation on longstanding American stereotypes.
Text: The Plaintext Players/Antoinette LaFarge. Sound: Maria Esteves. Performer: Tracey A. Leigh.
American Eagle constructed text
voice synthesis
based on a true story about an eagle-feather headdress once owned by Geronimo.
Text: Antoinette LaFarge. Voice synthesis/improvisation: Jeff Ridenour.
The Chase script
a monologue for Maryland.
Text: Aida Croal. Performer: Tracey A. Leigh.
Babbalog constructed text
vocal improv
sound improv
voice synthesis
revision of an improvisation first presented in The Roman Forum Project (2003), on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and just after the Columbia space shuttle disaster.
Text: Antoinette LaFarge/The Plaintext Players. Sound: Maria Esteves. Voice Synthesis: Jeff Ridenour. Performer: Tracey A. Leigh.
Distraction constructed text
video
draws on improvisations for Demotic (2004).
Video: Antoinette LaFarge. Text: Antoinette LaFarge/The Plaintext Players.
Gnosis vocal improv
sound improv
constructed text
based on a 1st century A.D. Gnostic poem ("Thunder, Perfect Mind") and found Internet material.
Text: Antoinette LaFarge. Sound: Maria Esteves. Performer: Tracey A. Leigh.
Quotation voice synthesis
sound improv
script
1957 text by Edith Hamilton, often misattributed to Edward Gibbon.
Voice synthesis/performance: Jeff Ridenour.
Speed script
five American portraits.
Texts: Antoinette LaFarge. Sound: Maria Esteves. Performer: Tracey A. Leigh.
Process improvised text
unstructured improv
five minutes of awkward negotiation.
Text improv: Antoinette LaFarge. Performer: Tracey A. Leigh.
Anthem constructed text
voice synthesis
voical improv
sound improv
sampling
inspired by "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful," "This Land Is Your Land," and other songs.
Sound: Maria Esteves. Voice synthesis: Jeff Ridenour. Text: Antoinette LaFarge/The Plaintext Players. Performer: Tracey A. Leigh.