WGBH Open Studio interview

Interesting interview on WGBH TV’s “Open Studio” about the VOCAL VIBRATIONS project, including footage from the Cambridge, Massachusetts, installation open through March 21. The interview is from 6:00-14:40 at http://tinyurl.com/OpenStudioTod, followed by a cool chat with Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues who happens to be a friend, a really lovely guy, and is still touring after all these years!!

Download Vocal Vibrations music here.

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Discovering the sounds of Detroit

From the Knight BlogA new, collaborative symphony, led by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Tod Machover of the MIT Media Lab and funded by Knight, is taking shape in the Motor City. Below, Machover, who is gathering sounds from the people of Detroit to shape the piece, writes about his work. A version of this post was originally published at SymphonyinD.com.

The Symphony in D project records sounds with the students of Detroit’s YouthVille.

The Symphony in D project records sounds with the students of Detroit’s YouthVille.

…a surprising number of sounds I am hearing about are private, personal, idiosyncratic and simply full of life. Everyone seems to have their own favorite bar with a typical buzz, a preferred neighborhood walk, an admired deco skyscraper or earlier-than-deco factory – still in use, converted to other purposes, or waiting for new life. I was able to experience a pretty wide range of Detroit experiences on this last visit, from the overlapping sounds and stories at the Meridian Winter Blast to a 24-hour dance-a-thon in East Village to raise money for the Sister Pie Bakery. Detroit is not only friendly; it is also a city of incredible individualists, and I feel very fortunate to be starting to hear many of your stories and sounds.

We are really interested in working with anyone and any group in Greater Detroit to help find the most beautiful sounds to share and most significant stories to tell, so please visit us atSymphonyinD.com or contact us at detroit@media.mit.edu if you’d like to participate.

Read the full Knight Blog post here.

Tod Machover’s Fasnacht adventures

Postings by Tod Machover from Lucerne, Switzerland 

February 16, 2015. Here’s my full Fasnacht costume – provided by friends at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL, as well as the (very loud) scene right outside my hotel window – at 12:30 pm. People told me that this medieval, super-quiet and discrete hotel would become one of the epicenters of Fasnacht…and boy, were they right!!!!

Here I am in my full Fasnacht costume, provided by friends at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. About to go out and explore now:) — at Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann

Here I am in my full Fasnacht costume, provided by friends at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. About to go out and explore now:) — at Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann

 The scene outside my hotel - just arrived - in Lucerne, with zoot-suited sax and brass players serenading a motley crew. There's apparently a big blast-off at 2 pm, so I am going to try to find that now.


The scene outside my hotel – just arrived – in Lucerne, with zoot-suited sax and brass players serenading a motley crew. There’s apparently a big blast-off at 2 pm, so I am going to try to find that now.

Out on the streets at Fasnacht, Lucerne. Crazy and funky, and a total confetti mess. Got great audio recordings, and the best things seem to be happening in the side streets…as always. Just warmed up a bit and am on my way out there again!! Continue reading

Anticipating Fasnacht

Friends sent Tod this video of the explosive opening of “Fasnacht” in Lucerne yesterday. “Can’t wait to get there on Monday,” Tod posted on his Facebook page. “ope I can make it.” He has good reason to worry. The meteorologists are predicting another 13-16 inches of snow in Boston over the weekend.

Do you have recordings of great Fasnacht sounds? Share them here!

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February notes: Back from Detroit

Tod Machover posted:

Just back from a couple of days in Detroit for the next installment of workshops, meetings, presentations, and generally-intense-and-beautiful-experiences that are all part of the crazy mix that will become SYMPHONY IN D with the Detroit Symphony in November (2015). What a powerful city, full of vivid and passionate people, architectural richness as well as decay, talent everywhere, and edgy sound – the musical, the everyday, and the extraordinary – bursting with energy and potential. It is such a privilege to spend time in Detroit, which is starting to feel very much like a second home.

Some haunting photographs Tod took of Detroit’s Michigan Theater:

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