How to Write an Opera in the 21st Century: Digital Music and the Dawn of Internet Collaboration
|Lee Scott's Interactive Web Opera "The Village"|
But today, if you want to write an opera you can take a few shortcuts that allow you to write an opera for close to free using digital technology and Internet collaboration.
The truth of the matter is that you can access online any singer, librettist, instrumentalist, or actor that you need (well, maybe except for the donkey, who probably doesn't have the Internet).
- Some of the ways you can access these individuals includes:
- Posting on Message Boards
- Contacting University Music Departments
- Posting Virtual Auditions on Twitter and Facebook
- Using A&R Sites like Music Xray
- Posting on Blogs
- Reaching Our Through Youtube
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There are limitless ways to contact people to help you make your dream a reality. You can then fund your enterprise in one of several ways:
- Using low-cost resources like musicians on Fiverr.com
- Collaborating with talented college students
- Working with a university or high school music department
- Working with a local community center or a church
- Funding the work yourself through odd online jobs
Use technology today to create great opera in a new innovative virtual venue like Second Life (a virtual reality video game), an app, a film or animated short, an original video game, or more. Save money on costuming and create your epic interactive opera with animation and gaming in mind. If you want a live performance, combine multimedia and video to transport your singers to whatever stage you choose.
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For Libertaria: The Virtual Opera, I managed to create a feature length animated opera on $1000. When the deadline loomed, I used a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to take on an additional composer Patrick Rundblad for final mastering. I used the machinima software Moviestorm along with Photoshop, DAZ's Bryce software, and Final Cut, all on my older iMac computer. A talented team of animators volunteered to help me create moving imagery and the cast volunteered despite their crazy schedules.
Libertaria: The Virtual Opera Highlights Reel
The dawn of Internet collaboration means that you no longer have to depend on the powers-that-be to write an opera. You can use technology to bring your idea to life. Post up a note that you need a librettist or tell your Facebook friends you are looking for someone to be your soprano leading lady. Innovation has allowed music to explode in recent years. And while the McMusic Industry is lamenting the loss of revenue, indie artists and composers are now free to create whatever they want without limitation.
So do you have a great idea for an opera? Or other large scale work? Don't fret. You can create a new opera and more through innovation.
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