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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Minsky Memories!

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

Incredible photo just sent to me by Margaret Minsky, of me with Yoichiro Kawaguchi and Marvin Minsky, at the MIT Media Lab around the time of the premiere of FLORA in 1990. Marvin introduced the two of us, and we collaborated on this computer music/video piece via Fax between Cambridge and Tokyo. Still one of my favorite pieces; listen to it athttp://tinyurl.com/HearFlora — with Marvin Minsky.

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Le Laboratoire Cambridge To Explore Vocal Vibrations With Debut Exhibit

From PRNewswire

oRb (C) by Tod Machover and his team at the MIT Media Lab, with Bold Design. Photo: Studio bold-design for Le Laboratoire

oRb (C) by Tod Machover and his team at the MIT Media Lab, with Bold Design. Photo: Studio bold-design for Le Laboratoire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Le Laboratoire Cambridge, a one-of-a-kind art and design center for creativity, invention and discovery, will open in Cambridge on October 31 with Vocal Vibrations, an exhibit in which carefully crafted music and specially designed objects promote new ways of exploring vocal vibrations in health and meditation. Le Laboratoire Cambridge is dedicated to the development of the most radical ideas that transform the way we learn, imagine and evolve.

The exhibit, created by composer and inventor Tod Machover with designer and architect Neri Oxman, both professors at the MIT Media Lab, invites visitors to enter a group meditative chamber where they listen to Machover’s 10-channel “Chapel” composition based on vocal recordings of soprano Sara Heaton and the Blue Heron Choir, directed by Scott Metcalfe. Centered on a single meditative tone, this inspired and masterful music blends ancient vocal traditions and futuristic sonorities, creating a powerful journey that is both bracingly alive and deeply comforting. Continue reading

Hot off the press: “Breathless”

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

Just finished my latest piece, BREATHLESS for flute, orchestra and electronics, written for the great flutist, Juilliard prof, and old friend Carol Wincenc. Premiere on Nov.9 with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra – the “other” BSO – (and not far from Hibbing, Minnesota, home of Bob Dylan:). Come hear it if you’re in the neighborhood! http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/…/flutes-and-fun-next-bso-eve…

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Lucerne App is out, ready for download!

Check out the brand new HEAR LUCERNE app for the SYMPHONY FOR LUCERNE project, available for Apple iOS and also Android devices (from the respective app stores). It lets people record, upload, and explore audio in Lucerne, and will grow to allow all kinds of contributions to – and collaborations on – the project. Check it out, and definitely tell any friends in/near Lucerne!!

Full project info plus app download links (scroll to bottom) at http://symphonyforlucerne.ch/en/.

 

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A 21st century opera house for Boston?

GWEN KERAVAL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

GWEN KERAVAL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Check out Tod Machover’s letter to the editor of the Boston Globe, in response to a recent Globe article “Boston overdue for a proper opera house“:

With a clean slate, with the leadership of BLO and others, and with the participation of the area’s vital artistic and academic communities, Boston could design and build the first great opera house of the 21st century — post-multimedia, organically shape-shifting, massively connectable, an “instrument” rather than an icon, ideal for reimagining tradition while creating explosive new experiences — that would embrace the public, energize the art form, and be a beacon of inspiration to the region, the country, and the world.

Read the full letter here.

Brazilian TV spot on Lucerne Symphony project

This clip just appeared on Brazilian TV (Cultura TV, São Paulo) about Tod Machover’s LUCERNE SYMPHONY project. They interviewed Tod a few weeks ago when he was at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL, and this has some nice footage and sound of what the team did (and are doing) over there. So check it out and practice your Portugese!!!