An American composer, this piece takes its inspiration from the social networking and micro-blogging service Twitter. It takes five famous “tweets” – some serious, others funny and some historic – and presents a musical interpretation. In keeping with the idea that a tweet is a short message, each movement of Twitter is approximately 140 seconds long.
The movements are:
I. In the Hudson (Janis Krums' tweet “There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.” She posted this text and the first photo of US Airways flight 1549 moments after the plane made an emergency landing in the Hudson River)
II. The Conan Blues (Conan O'Brien's tweet “Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me.” O'Brien joined Twitter shortly after being dismissed from the Tonight Show, and within two hours after this tweet, he had over 125,000 followers – the largest number ever in such a short time)
III. Arrested (graduate student James Buck's tweet after being caught up in an anti-government protest in Egypt, and while being take to jail had time to post a one-word tweet. Within seconds his colleagues in the US got word of his arrest and notified the university, US Embassy and a number of press organizations on his behalf)
IV. Making History (President Barack Obama's tweet “We just made history. All of this happened because you gave your time, talent and passion. All of this happened because of you. Thanks.” This tweet was sent to over 2.6 million followers just after the election)
V. Woot!!! (NASA's Mars Phoenix lander's tweet “Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, *WATER ICE* on Mars! wOOt!!! Best day ever!!” By using the lander's point of view, NASA was sending messages to its followers).