December 9 at MIT Media Lab, “The Artist: Means, Meaning and Impact in the 21st Century”


Interesting “debate” at the MIT Media Lab on Dec.9 that Tod Machover be moderating and speaking at – “The Artist: Means, Meaning and Impact in the 21st Century”. Final event of the DeVos Institute series on “Generation Elsewhere: Art in the Age of Distraction”. Full info and registration at Press release at

Two Machover concerts this fall

colorado_aspensIf you’re in Colorado or Vermont this fall, mark your calendars for these upcoming Tod Machover concerts!

  • Thursday, September 29, 7:30-9:00 PM. Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre Street, in Colorado Springs. Machover, performs with Susan Grace and guests. More info here.
  • Friday, October 14, University of Vermont, Burlington. 2:30 PM, talk on “Robotic Operas, City Symphonies, and Beyond,” sponsored by the UVM Burack President’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Concert at 7:30 pm, sponsored bythe UVM Humanities Center and the Department of Music & Dance. More info here.

Here is the program for the Colorado Springs concert: Continue reading

Tod Machover on City Symphonies at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange conference



From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

“Speaking tomorrow at Lincoln Center’s fascinating Global Exchange event that explores the potential for the arts to raise awareness of – and change behavior towards – some of the world’s most intractable problems. Will be presenting information about our City Symphonies past, present and future, as well as giving some first-time glimpses of some of the newest things we are cooking up at the MIT Media Lab.

Machover at Moogfest

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Tod Machover will be speaking on “Hyperinstruments, Robotic Operas, and City Symphonies” this Sunday, May 22, at Moogfest 2016. According to the festival’s website, “Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format where the creative process is understood as a collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.”

“By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today.”

Listed among 10 Events You Can’t Miss at Moogfest.

Tod Machover to speak on music and medicine


Composer Tod Machover will be giving a Keynote Talk called MUSIC, MEDICINE AND MEANING at the Mt.Sinai-Louis Armstrong Center symposium “Turned On, Tuned In” in NYC on May 2. Inspired by Marvin Minsky’s seminal paper “Music, Mind and Meaning,” Machover will be building on the Opera of The Future group’s recent work in music, mind and health to predict and project how music can restore health, promote wellbeing, and be a “laboratory for meaning” over the coming years. Looks like a very interesting conference; drop by if you’re in NYC that day. Full schedule here. Register for the conference here.

Catalyst Conversations with Tod Machover and Kevin Esvelt

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You may interested in this public discussion – called Boundaries of the Possible – that composer Tod Machover will be having with biologist and new MIT Media Lab faculty member Kevin Esvelt. Part of the Catalyst Conversations series and co-hosted by MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, it will be held at the Media Lab Complex’s Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Mass. on Monday, March 28 from 7-8 pm. Reception to follow.

Kevin and Tod will be discussing the potential for the arts (particularly music) and sciences (particularly biology) to initiate radical, positive social change, both separately and – well – in concert. Full info and reservations here.

“A Symphony for Lucerne” a triumphant premiere

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From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

“What a remarkable premiere yesterday of A SYMPHONY FOR LUCERNE at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. We gave a pre-intermission “Making Of…” presentation and then played the new work. Matthias Pintscher and theLUCERNE FESTIVAL Academy Orchestra played brilliantly, beautifully. All of the Lucerne performers who we invited to participate – Der Chor Luzern, the Kinderchor des Schulhauses Grenzhof, organist Wolfgang Sieber, and the explosive Barfuessfäger Guggenmusik band – all contributed to the quite diverse but (I think:) integrated portrait of this gorgeous, delicate, complex and characterful city. Electronics and acoustics blended just right (thanks to Ben Bloomberg’s perfect mixing), pros and amateurs complemented each other as I had imagined, mosaic-like textures and sweeping melodies co-existed and supported each other, and the public responded with a warm, loud and long standing ovation. It felt like everyone’s contribution was appreciated, which is what one always hopes. The fact that a high-quality filming was done by Oliver Becker and his team means that the work – and this special premiere – can be shared with all, quite soon I think. Pretty much a perfect premiere, and a reminder of why we do these crazy projects – to bring people together in unexpected, powerful and indelible ways.”