“Symphony in D” launches in Detroit

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

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Listen to the trailer for Symphony in D, created from sounds recorded by Tod on a visit to Detroit.

Check out the Detroit Symphony’s page about Symphony in D

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“Breathless” premieres with Carol Wincenc

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

Wonderful world premiere performance last evening [Sunday, November 9, 2014] of my new piece, BREATHLESS, for flute, orchestra and electronics with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. Splendid, virtuosic, sensitive performance by flautist (and old friend) Carol Wincenc and spirited and intelligent conducting by Beverly Everett. The orchestra rose to the occasion. Electronics – selected and presided over by MIT’s Ben Bloomberg – sounded great, and we were able to perform the piece TWICE, with a bit of introduction by me before and between. Very warm response (in this freezing corner of the world) from the audience, and lovely reception afterwards…feel gratified and grateful.

Listen to a 30-second fragment of “Breathless” here.

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“Vocal Vibrations” music online

The VOCAL VIBRATIONS project opened at the new Le Laboratoire Cambridge on Thursday and runs through March; more on that shortly. In the meantime, the news is that you can download the music for the project exclusively from Bowers+Wilkins, in both MP3 and hi-res-quality (including surround sound), starting TODAY. Download here.

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Improper Interview

ImproperBostonian_soroff230The Improper Bostonian caught up with Tod Machover recently, in advance of the opening of “Vocal Vibrations” at Le Laboratoire Cambridge:

The thing we’re trying to invent now, the technology goes back to the Yo-Yo story. An instrument that becomes part of the performer and sort of disappears into what the artist is doing. We know a lot more now about how to read the mind and body, and we’re inventing the new generation of hyperinstruments to be many, many more degrees in tune to the body and ultimately, hopefully, something as simple as an iPhone. We’re not there, but that’s the goal.

Read the full interview here.

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Notes from Detroit

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

Was in Detroit yesterday and today to discuss a new project, and continued to meet people and discover new things about that amazing city, currently on a precipice between past and future, blight and beauty. Among the astonishing experiences was the discovery of “Hamtramck Disneyland”, an urban vision built by former GM assembly-line worker Dmytro Szylak. He adds to it everyday in the back yard of his small white-porched house in this Eastern European part of town. We met Szylak who showed us around and revealed secret upon secret. Moving, sad and transcendent…all mixed up, like so much in Detroit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamtramck_Disneyland

Photo by Tod Machover

Photo by Tod Machover

Photo by Tod Machover

Photo by Tod Machover

Chomsky memories!

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

Had dinner with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet on Sunday, and afterwards came across this lovely photo from our “Chomsky Suite” project from a few years ago. Unforgettable!

— with Jeffrey Zeigler and Noam Chomsky at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Here are movements 2+3 (out of 5) of Tod Machover’s “Chomsky Suite” performed by the Kronos Quartet with guest soloist Noam Chomsky! Watch HERE.

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