“Vocal Vibrations” Excerpt

Images and music excerpts from the Paris premiere of “Vocal Vibrations,” by Tod Machover and Neri Oxman.

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Simulcast gets thumbs up from Opera

May 14 cover.inddOpera magazine reviewed the interactive simulcast of “Death and the Powers” and pronounced that this experiment in using smartphone technology to enhance the cinematic viewing experience has “huge potential for the technologically engaged operatic culture that Machover continues to pioneer.”

Read the full review here.

INK Talk just posted

This video from the talk Tod Machover gave at INK (Kochi, India) last fall was just posted online. Overview of a variety of recent projects including “city symphonies”, and a discussion of doing something similar in India. Check out their post here.

“Vocal Vibrations” next month in Paris

From the New York Times, Feburary 24, 2014

Vocal Vibrations. Le Laboratoire, Paris. Opens March 28. Free.

From the people who brought you inhalable chocolate, here comes a high-tech singalong. Visitors start in a chamber filled with ethereal music by the composer Tod Machover. When they wander into a private “cocoon” designed by Neri Oxman, they can sing while an electronic necklace measures vibrations in the larynx, getting instant feedback as the sonic aura adapts to the visitor’s voice and a grapefruit-size “orb” vibrates in the hands. The installation will feed into a larger investigation on the healing power of the human voice. When it travels to Cambridge, Mass., in the fall, a cartilage expert will ask whether skilled humming might improve the health of joints, a neuroscientist will try to match up vocal performance and brain measurements, and a Tibetan monk will attempt to engineer a better method of chanting.

Dallas rehearsal photos!

Opening night this Wednesday!! The whole crew is in high gear at the Winspear Opera House.  Here’s the evidence:

 

Dallas Arts+Culture on “Death and the Powers”

Excellent article on DEATH AND THE POWERS just out in the February issue of Arts+Culture Texas, one of the most prominent magazines in the state. We hear that rehearsals are going well for the show…which opens a week from today!!!

Read the full article: New Opera for a New Millennium

Joelle Harvey in Death and the Powers. Photo by Jonathan Williams.

Joelle Harvey in Death and the Powers. Photo by Jonathan Williams.

Death and the Powers Global Simulcast – Ticket links here

Dallas-death-and-the-powersbigThe Dallas Opera presents a new production of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, February 12-16. This visually spectacular robot pageant by the MIT Media Lab’s Opera of the Future group tells the story of Simon Powers, a powerful businessman and inventor nearing the end of his life, who downloads his consciousness into “The System” in an effort to project himself into the future. His family, friends, and associates must decide what this means, whether or not he is actually alive, how it affects them, and whether to follow.

The matinee performance on February 16 at 2:00 pm U.S. EST will be simulcast to ten locations across the United States and Europe, including New York, San Francisco, London, and at our home base, the MIT Media Lab. In addition to viewing the live, hi-def broadcast of the production, the Powers Live mobile application, developed in the Opera of the Future group, will allow you to virtually experience the performance. Live video, audio, and graphical content will be triggered in the app in sync with the performance, and your interaction will, in turn, influence the live show in Dallas. Powers Live is available for download starting February 1 for iOS 6/7 and Android 4.0+ devices.

Simulcast venues for February 16, 2:00 pm EST:

*By invitation only; please email powers@media.mit.edu to be placed on a wait list to attend.