What’s up this week

Check out the updated official Death and the Powers website. We appreciate feedback! Tod is on a whirlwind trip to Europe this week, giving talks and meeting with collaborators. He's in Prague today (June 19), where he'll be speaking about the production design and technology of Death and the Powers to audiences attending the Quadrennial of …

Rethink Music – Interview with Tod Machover

Update: Check out Billboard Magazine's write-up from Day 1 of "Rethink Music": In Panels And Lightning-Quick Collaborations, Rethink Music Conference Explores The Future And follow @OperaFuture tweets about the conference, which we will be following sporadically through the day. Inside Rethink 2011: Tod Machover on Hyperinstruments

Variety magazine features Hyperinstruments

Variety, the venerable entertainment trade mag (Variety is in/famous for coining zippy industry lingo), has a story today about composer Tod Machover's hyperinstruments. In Smart instruments: Musician's tools play along with you, reporter David S. Cohen writes: "Ever since the invention of electric amplification, there's been tension in the music world -- a perpetual stare-down …

Performing Arts Technologies in Death and the Powers

David Staples' article in the German periodical Bühnentechnische Rundschau has now appeared in an English translation. Staples is Managing Director of Theatre Projects, Ltd. the world’s most prominent firm for designing performing arts centers. Staples writes: "Machover has created a number of operas incorporating new technologies, Valis premiered at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in …

U Penn Talk – Music, Mastery, and Memory

Tod Machover will be delivering a talk for the Penn Humanities Forum tomorrow on the topic of  "Music, Mastery, and Memory." He'll be speaking about technological innovations he has spearheaded to open the doors of musical expression to people who traditionally have been excluded. Pre-registration required. Details here. When: 8 December 2010 from 5:00–6:30pm Where: …

3D Immersive Sound Technology for Death and the Powers

Ground-breaking audio technologies play a crucial role in Death and the Powers, as we learn in this excellent article posted by Duran Audio. The writer interviewed Theatre Sound Designer and Consultant Chris Full, who has been working closely with composer Tod Machover and his M.I.T. Media Lab team on the project. “Tod and I first …