A sneak peek at Philadelphia Voices

Hot off the laser printer, the first page of the choral/keyboard part for Philadelphia Voices! In case you’ve been wondering what Tod Machover has been doing, holed up in his barn for the past month… The new symphonic work for the Philadelphia Orchestra is scheduled to premier in early April (check out the event calendar). No pressure!


“Schoenberg in Hollywood” receives OPERA America grant

OPERA America has awarded a grant to the Boston Lyric Opera for “Schoenberg in Hollywood” by composer Tod Machover and librettist Simon Robson, which was commissioned for the BLO’s fall 2019 line-up. OPERA America announced grant awards for 11 opera companies through the Repertoire Development Grants program, supported by The Opera Fund. A total of $225,000 was awarded to 11 opera companies. See the full story at OperaWire.


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Brainstorming with the Kronos Quartet

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“Wonderful couple of days working with the Kronos Quartet at the MIT Media Lab, trying out ideas and techniques for a new piece I am composing for them as part of their “Fifty for the Future” series. The Kronos and I have known each other for many a moon, and it is always a pleasure to reconnect with their artistic adventure, their generous spirit, and their political and social engagement. I think that they were equally entranced by the Media Lab spirit of imagination and playfulness. A good match, and lots of creative fun ahead.”–from Tod Machover’s Facebook page.

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Contribute your voice to “Philadelphia Voices” now!

If you live in and around Philadelphia and want to participate in Tod Machover’s newest City Symphony project, be sure to download the free “Philadelphia Voices” app (iPhoneAndroid). The app allows you to record yourself and upload clips to be used in the collaborative composition. The app has received close to 1,000 submissions so far, but we are still looking for more (submit by Thanksgiving to be included).

In mid-November, we’ll be releasing a sister app developed in collaboration with Google, called “Nebula.” This app allows you to navigate a “vocal cloud” of all the Philly sounds collected so far as you record, creating an aura around your voice that will hopefully encourage you to make creative noises. Continue reading

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Project 305 premieres in Miami

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From Tod Machover’s Facebook:

“Project 305 premiered last night at the New World Symphony in Miami, and went really well. This was the first major CITY SYMPHONY that I mentored and guided, with major creative work done by videographer Jon David Kane and composer Ted Hearne. Miami came shining through (although the global warming/you’re-gonna-be-submerged-in-water theme was quite somber), as did the CITY SYMPHONY model, which clearly can scale and travel.”

For background, check out this Huffington Post article: Project 305 and The New World Symphony

Quattro Mani presents Re-Structures with Tod Machover

Tod Machover – composer, inventor and professor at the MIT Media Lab – began his career as the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM institute in Paris. His Re-Structures for 2 Pianos and Electronics was commissioned in 2015 by the Lucerne Festival, and was premiered there to celebrate Boulez’s 90th birthday. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Re-Structures “morphs from hardcore 1950s serialism into fresh, rhythmically driving, all-cylinders-firing, electronically enhanced Machover…Thrilling!” The work – which was recently recorded by Quattro Mani for Bridge Records – will receive its East Coast premiere by acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani on November 13 at ArtScience Gallery in Cambridge, AM, and New York City premiere on November 15 at Carnegie Hall. Continue reading