“Vocal Vibrations” music online

The VOCAL VIBRATIONS project opened at the new Le Laboratoire Cambridge on Thursday and runs through March; more on that shortly. In the meantime, the news is that you can download the music for the project exclusively from Bowers+Wilkins, in both MP3 and hi-res-quality (including surround sound), starting TODAY. Download here.



Vocal Vibrations (Video)

The spectacular Blue Heron vocal ensemble performing in the MIT Chapel.

Post by Elly Jessop and Rebecca Kleinberger

As part of the Dalai Lama’s visit to MIT, the Opera of the Future Group performed an experiment in collaboration with the vocal ensemble Blue Heron, Affectiva, Elliott Hedman, and Tenzin Priyadarshi, director of the Dalai Lama Center at MIT.  During Blue Heron’s stunning performance of early choral music on Monday, we used Affectiva’s Q Sensors to track and measure the reactions of selected singers and audience members over the course of the concert.   The wireless Q Sensors, worn on the wrists or palms, measure the wearer’s skin conductance, which increases during emotional states such as anticipation, excitement, surprise, or anxiety.  Through the information provided by these sensors, we can examine the similarities and differences in the affective reactions of various singers and audience members.

Tod and Elliott presented some of the affective stories of a few performers and audience members stories on Tuesday at the beginning of the Dalai Lama’s final talk at MIT.   Continue reading

Opera of the Future Meets the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama visited M.I.T. earlier this week to give a series of talks hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values. The Opera of the Future group in collaboration with Tenzin Priyadarshi, MIT’s Buddhist Chaplain and Director of the Dalai Lama Center at MIT, and the Blue Heron vocal ensemble, produced a fascinating experiment in the M.I.T. Chapel. Here are a few fun photos providing a glimpse. We’ll be posting more about this later.

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