Press from Perth

TodInPerthCatch up on what Tod Machover has been doing in Perth in this article from  The Western Australian. He describes some of the unique nature sounds he has been hearing and talks about an ongoing workshop with school children who are using Hyperscore software to transcribe the sounds of their city into music. Although his recent projects have been described as “crowdsourced symphonies”, he explains that his approach is more of a back-and-forth collaboration than a one-way sourcing of material:

“I enjoy thinking about a big idea and bringing together a group of people, some prominent artists, some students, and to treat everyone as equal. Then to present an idea and just say ‘Let’s look at it together’.”

He says all too often social media is used as a form of marketing by established artists. “Which is fine but it kind of goes one way. It’s easy to follow what somebody prominent is doing but if you want to have a real dialogue it’s probably not going to happen. I’m more interested in a model where everybody gets stimulated somehow and the whole level gets raised for everyone.”

Read the full article here.

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A Toronto Symphony – The Journey Begins

How does one go about composing a symphony with the citizenry of an entire city? Composer Tod Machover and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra are venturing into uncharted territory! To get going, they have conceived of the process as a Journey, with weekly activities to inspire participants to contribute raw material – stories, memories, ideas and sound samples. As the journey progresses, they will learn to use various tools to capture, compose and shape the material. It should be quite an adventure!

Stage One of the journey begins today. Sign up and join the fun!

Inspiration from…Star Wars Global Mash-Up

As Tod and the Opera of the Future team mull how to pull off the ambitious Symphony for the City of Toronto, someone sent us this insanely entertaining crowd-sourced remake of Star Wars. Fans around the world were asked to recreate scenes in 15-second increments, and the results were spliced together with the original soundtrack. Not saying this is how Tod and Co. will go about their project, but it’s an impressive example of harnessing the creativity of the crowd – zany and inspiring in equal measure.