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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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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