A Symphony for Perth

Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea: A Symphony for Perth was composed from October 2013 to February 2014 for Carolyn Kuan and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, on commission from the Perth International Arts Festival. The 25-minute work is a musical, sonic portrait of Perth and surrounding areas, and was created in collaboration …

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Mulling Montaigne

From Tod Machover's Facebook page: Am thinking about Michel de Montaigne today, in preparation for a trip to Montréal tomorrow to discuss a project based on Montaigne's work. Montaigne invented the "essay" in the late 16th century, and his bold, undogmatic and unpretentious writings remain as fresh today as when they were first published. Can't find …

Rehearsing Festival City

From Tod Machover's Facebook page: Exciting first rehearsal yesterday with full orchestra of FESTIVAL CITY. Here's the Royal Scottish National Orchestra trying out the piece for the first time, in their rehearsal space in Glasgow. On my way back there now for more rehearsing. More pictures soon.

Repertoire Remix: Q&A

The MIT Media Lab has posted a terrific interview with Tod Machover and pianist Tae Kim that takes us deeper inside the collaborative process of creating "Festival City". In the interview, Tod also speaks about how the experience is changing him: For Festival City, I have taken a big risk by opening up the compositional process to …

Repertoire Remix (VIDEO)

Last month, composer Tod Machover joined an online audience together with pianist Tae Kim in an experience that fused Web-based interaction with a live piano performance. This demo centered on the Cauldron app built at the Media Lab for the "Festival City" project commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival. The app is populated with the sounds of …