Composition and performance for multiple mobile phones: Commissioned by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Leading school students in a series of workshops, James came up with a new composition based on their phone tunes of choice. Students were then added to a WhatsApp group chat and told to set their own notification ringtone for it. Combining their ringtones, the students blended their sounds together, structuring each one of their personal songs into a full-blown piece of music. The result was Group Chat, a jubilant musical shouting match – the kind of noise you get when everyone starts sending a message at the same time.
This short film is an clip from an audience members phone.