I hear Lucerne – Episode 3

Tod’s third post on the I Hear Lucerne blog is up! He brings you inside his journey to explore the Swiss city of Lucerne. From his visit, several themes begin to emerge. Tod also describes an extraordinary workshop involving the people of Lucerne and three very different artists:

That same afternoon, we presented a workshop at the KKL to demonstrate howEine Sinfornie fûr Luzern is developing. I reminded the audience of the basic premise for the project, demonstrated the new Höre Luzern / Hear Lucernemobile app that makes it easy to record and share sounds from the city, and played some of my favorite sounds – from cows to yodels to ship horns to fountains – that have been contributed so far. Then we tried an experiment, to see if we could “translate” real sounds from the city into “music.” Since the Piano Festival was in session, I asked that we find three open-minded and creative pianists from different musical backgrounds to participate. We were extremely fortunate to be able to work with Anita Schaufelberger, Michael Mahnig, and Leo Tardin. They couldn’t have been more wonderful to work with. For each of them, I played one of three “sound dreamscapes” I had prepared based on a certain type of sonic material from Lucerne: Water, Bells and Voices respectively. After we – myself, the pianists and the assembled audience – listened to each of the ca. 1-minute collages, I asked one of the pianists to reinterpret the recorded sounds and to create the same sound and feel on the acoustic piano.

You can read the full blog post and watch workshop video footage here.

 

Xploration Earth segment features Opera of the Future

Fun TV segment about the Opera of the Future group’s work on FOX TV’s “Exploration Earth 2050″, which aired this past Saturday and is now available on Hulu. The second half of the show – starting at ca. 10:00 – is about DEATH AND THE POWERS, the new Sensor Chair, and other music, technology, and “experience” projects we are working on.

Watch the full episode here.

Xploration Earth Fox TV

Futuristic Opera “Death and the Powers” Asks Life’s Oldest Questions, with New Dimensions

Just stumbled upon this thoughtful review of the Dallas Opera simulcast production:

Technology is very much integral to the story, immersing the audience in the age-old questions about life and death again, this time with 21st century complexities – while religions are still fighting to win believers with their respective answers and narratives as mankind settles into the new millennium, scientific and technological advances have made the questions more complicated and nuanced. The story is not entirely science-fiction – robots have been used in real-world applications from agriculture to military; bionic limbs are already in the marketplace; Google has invested billions in Artificial Intelligence, DeepMind being its latest acquisition. Along such trajectory, disintegration of consciousness from physical beings, as showcased by the Machover team – so far still an imagination  – is perhaps not inconceivable. The existential questions are no longer just philosophical or theological.

via Futuristic Opera “Death and the Powers” Asks Life’s Oldest Questions, with New Dimensions.

Documentary Film on “A Symphony for Toronto”

Filmmaker Roxana Spicer followed the Opera of the Future team around for the months leading up to the premiere of “A Symphony for Toronto,” in March 2013. She documented the process of creating the team’s first collaborative symphony orchestra piece, which can be seen in her film Urban Symphony. The idea has captured the imaginations of communities around the world. Since then, “city symphonies” have been commissioned for Edinburgh, Scotland; Perth, Australia; Lucern, Switzerland; and Detroit, USA.