Para-phonic Poly-disoParadiso
With Charlie Berendsen (User interfase design)Luis Rodil-Fernándes (developer)Leatitia Sadier (vocals)

'Para-phonic Poly-diso' is a graphic score where Paradiso visitors can participate in a digital polyphonic choir.
In eleventh century Italy, the music theorist Guido of Arezzo developed an ascending scale consisting of six-notes: ut, re, mi, fa, sol and la. A 7th note, 'si' or 'ti', was added later. This scale is the basis for 'Do-Re-Mi' and solfège, a music education method used to teach singing of Western music.

The Small Museum, which was used for the public announcements of the church, was transformed into a local wifi hotspot to stream a multi vocal 'Pa-Ra-Di-So Rapsodia'. A live algorithmic choir composition created through the phones connected to the score while waiting in front of the building to enter. For more info about The Small Museum see here

For this multi vocal composition we collaborated with Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab, Lætitia Sadier Source Ensemble), a voice that I have been listening to since my teenage years. It was such a honour to collaborate with her on this project.

Para-phonic Poly-diso was produced as part of 'Pu-shi-ng-Sco-res'; a research project by de player, Rotterdam and Remco van Bladel into the current state of the ‘graphic score'. 'Pu-shi-ng-Sco-res' is supported by Mondriaan Fonds and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.


Concept and design:
Remco van Bladel

Design assistance:
Marianne Noordzij & Adrian Schnegg

Lætitia Sadier

Recording and editing:
Remco van Bladel i.c.w. Lætitia Sadier

Frontend development:
Charlie Berendsen

Raspberry Pi, hardware, LED's and electronics:
Luis Rodil-Fernández