Lucerne youth dig into Hyperscore

Wonderful new (short) video about the Hyperscore workshops we are doing in Lucerne as part of the EINE SINFONIE FUER LUZERN project that premieres at this summer’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Amazing young people from around the city are working on original compositions that reflect aspects of Lucerne. These will be transcribed for instruments (some transcriptions by the students themselves, a first!), and featured in their own “40-minute Concert” and also incorporated into my Symphony. Check out the clip to see how the process works, and to see how great these young people are…..and how exciting and fresh their music is. Recorded at Jugendmusikschule, Luzern.

“Death and the Powers” now available on DVD

DATP_DVDCoverA DVD of Dallas Opera’s highly successful 2014 production of Tod Machover’s robotic opera, Death and the Powers, is available beginning April 22 through the MIT Media Lab. Only a limited number of copies are on sale and can be purchased at CD Baby here.

Death and the Powers received its world premiere September 24, 2010 at L’Opéra de Monte-Carlo – Salle Garnier. In addition to the Dallas Opera production, Machover’s opera has been performed at Chicago Opera Theater and at Boston’s Majestic Theater, a joint production with Harvard’s American Repertory Theater and the MIT Media Lab. The work was named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Music for both its score and the innovative technology created by Machover and his Opera of the Future Group at the MIT Media Lab.

“Death and the Powers doesn’t point the way to a new era of opera. It’s there. Now.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“Passionate intensity. Full-bodied arias in a post-organic world.” Wall Street Journal

For more reviews of Death and the Powers, click here.

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.