Cabin Fever PROTOTYPE is composed for an ensemble of voices, domestic sounds and Zoom. Every hour in this durational PROTOTYPE performance singers softly share a real pandemic dream collected from researchers around the world, punctuating long dreamlike silences in between. We hear a new language each hour as Esmeralda leads us on a journey through 24 of the world’s time zones visiting dreamers as they sleep. In this work the software itself becomes an active part of the ensemble as Esmeralda explores the sonic potential of the virtual space, creatively playing with the latency and parameters of the technology. Singers’ voices hover at the edge of distortion, as familiar noises from our homes join in the performance.

For this PROTOTYPE performance, Esmeralda has collaborated with Counterpoint, the creative studio of Samuel Diggins and Tero Parviainan to replace the familiar Zoom grid with a generative digital mosaic of ever-changing colour. The colours seen will each represent a different group of singers in a different location around the world. Although we hear the singers’ voices, we never see them. We are kept suspended in a dream state, together but still apart.


Esmeralda Conde Ruiz


24 hours live online,
June 13th 2021, Folda Festival, Canada

July 3rd 2021, RAYO Festival, Cineteca Matadero, Madrid