“A Participatory Experiment to Watch”

Image Source: Knight Foundation

Image Source: Knight Foundation

The Nonprofit Quarterly discusses the Detroit Symphony’s “Symphony in D” project as part of a broader trend to harness technology to engage communities in arts and culture.

Gone may be the days of the thought that “art is not for me,” as our arts organizations continue to engage audiences through a variety of ways beyond attendance at a museum or gallery. We have expanded our thinking to identify that it is just as important to bring art out into our communities as it is to bring the residents of the community into our venues. The Detroit Symphony is a great model for this, as they are actively involving their community in the creation process in addition to opening the gates of access to their community.

Read the full article: DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch

Interview: “Model D”

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Tod Machover writes:

Great new interview about the SYMPHONY IN D project for Detroit, by Walter Wasacz in “Model D.” Walter says I am “friendly, down to earth, even” – gee, I HOPE so:) – and I’m thrilled that my dear friend and brilliant musician/writer Wesley Strick also got mentioned in the article; his name came up because Walter had written for Creem Magazine which started in Detroit; that was one of Wes’ first writing gigs (although from Manhattan), although he is now better know as one of Hollywood’s most prominent screenwriters. Anyway, this interview captures much of the spirit of the Detroit project; will be back there next week to meet more people, hear more sounds, AND attend the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day game…..binaural microphones in hand (or in-ear, to be precise!).

Read the full article here.

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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Great interview with The Flute View

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 8.43.35 AMCheck out this terrific interview Barbara Seisel did with Tod Machover about his recently premiered flute concerto, “Breathless.” The article, temporarily available online to nonsubscribers, provides an in-depth look at how the piece was created. Tod talks about how he collaborated with flutist Carol Wincenc, and how he thought about using electronics, how the three-movement work is constructed, and more. Here’s a gem:

In writing the piece I thought a lot about meeting Carol at 16 and trying to reconcile classical, electronic and rock music influences and also remembering back to high school. It’s one of the big moments of your life – you’re going to leave home and go out and make a life for yourself. It’s extremely anxiety producing for many people. I know for me, I felt that everything was possible, that everything I love should be able to find a place in what my life becomes. I really believed that at 16!   When I was putting Breathless together it all of sudden struck me that my younger daughter is now exactly the same age as I was when was when I was at Aspen. I’m seeing this feeling again though her eyes now, as she is planning college, how she’s going to pull together all the things that she cares about and that connection in time was really powerful for me. So I think this idea of looking back and remembering how this precious friendship started and what the world felt like then and seeing it again through my daughter is very meaningful.

Read the full article here: Interview with Tod Machover: A composer’s process. By Barbara Siesel

Listen to Breathless here.

“Death and the Powers” makes Top 10 list!

Photo by Nathan Hunsinger, Dallas Morning News

Photo by Nathan Hunsinger, Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News has ranked the Dallas Opera’s February 2014 production of “Death and the Powers” one of its “Classical music: Top 10 performances of 2014.” Reviewer Scott Cantrell writes:

Tod Machover’s sci-fi opera, dividing a cast of characters between known reality and some sort of parallel existence, was quite a stretch for a company not exactly known for adventure. But with a strong cast, including some quite mobile robots, excellent direction and some pretty dazzling high-tech effects, it was a memorable experience.

Bravo to the entire DATP team!!

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.

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