Sneak peak at Symphony in D

Here’s a fun piece on Detroit’s WDIV TV on ‪#‎symphonyind‬. Hear a bass trombone sound like a car’s accelerator, hear Henry Ford’s first engine, and hear the TV announcer speculate on what the sound of a DRIVER might be on landing in one of Detroit’s ubiquitous potholes!

Watch the video here.

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How you can collaborate on the symphony?

We would love to hear from all you Detroiters out there!  It’s easy to send in sounds:

  • Just download the “Symphony In D” app, record a sound and send it. The app, Symphony In D, is available for free download now in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

You may also email each sound you record in an separate to detroit@media.mit.edu. Include your name, email, recording location, and any relevant details about your sound in your message.

Video: Symphony for Our Times

Here’s the full video of the performance of A SYMPHONY FOR OUR TIMES, the closing event at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 24th. It’s a kind of compendium of Tod Machover’s City Symphony projects – including glimpses of Toronto, Edinburgh, Perth, Lucerne and Detroit – and it sounds and looks great. Hope you think so as well! Give it a look/listen if you have a chance.

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.

 

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.

“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

Press coverage:

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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