“Symphony in D” launches in Detroit

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

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Listen to the trailer for Symphony in D, created from sounds recorded by Tod on a visit to Detroit.

Check out the Detroit Symphony’s page about Symphony in D

Press coverage:

Pictures from Lucerne

Tod Machover is in Lucerne, Switzerland, for ten days to begin work on “A Symphony for Lucerne.” He’s running around meeting many different groups in the city, auditioning musicians and recording the “sounds of Lucerne.” There was a nice notice in the New York Times about Tod’s residency for the 2015 Lucerne Festival.

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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 with people from Perth of all ages and backgrounds (based on a creative model I developed for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh International Festival, both in 2013, designed to cultivate careful listening to the world around us to discover its hidden music).

Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea is a four movement work, played without a break, which conveys Perth’s dramatic geography, the simultaneous complexity and calm I have found there, and the enormous sense of potential and ‘unanswered questions’ that the city and region suggest. You can read more about the ideas behind the piece here and watch a brief trailer for A Symphony for Perth below:

I have travelled rather widely over the years, but I had never been to Perth (nor the rest of Australia) when Continue reading

“A big work with big ideas” – Opera News review

Risley, Orth and Harvey in Death and the Powers in Dallas

Risley, Orth and Harvey in Death and the Powers in Dallas

A pleasant surprise arrived in the mail this week: Opera News in its May 2014 issue gives the Dallas Opera’s production of Tod Machover’s “Death and the Powers” a glowing review. Writer Andrew Sigler praises the opera as “a big work with big ideas,” and notes that “Machover brings to bear his considerable technical prowess in the world of technology, as well as his deep sense of musical history,” to explore the premise of human consciousness merging with computer hardware.

Sigler writes that Robert Orth, in the role of Simon Powers, “embodied the character perfectly,” and praises Patricia Risley’s for giving a “smoky and sensual” performance and “real depth” to Evvy, Simon’s third and favorite wife. In the thrilling final scene, “Machover shows his operatic chops and Joélle Harvey’s Miranda all but steals the show.”

Read the full review here.

Photos from Paris

Photos just in from the opening of VOCAL VIBRATIONS a few days ago in Paris. Here are a few to give a taste; will post more soon. The installation is on at Le Laboratoire through September, so I hope you’ll have a chance to experience it between now and then.http://www.lelaboratoire.org/en/archives-18.php (9 photos)

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Paris: Meet the Vocal Vibrations Team

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page (posted March 27, 2014)

“Here’s a picture from yesterday of my terrific team from the MIT Media Lab that has been working on the VOCAL VIBRATIONS project, showing the specially designed “oRb” that lets you hold the vibrations from your voice in your hands. Yes, it’s an unusual experience! Press conference this morning, private opening this evening, and public opening tomorrow, all at Le Laboratoire, Paris.”

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The “oRb” from our VOCAL VIBRATIONS project that lets you hold the vibrations from your voice right in your hands.

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Vocal Vibrations Opens Friday!

The Opera of the Future team and Neri Oxman are fine tuning the VOCAL VIBRATIONS experience at Le Laboratoire in Paris for tomorrow’s private opening, with public opening on Friday…..and it is starting to look and sound great. It will be there through September 2014, so we hope you have a chance to hear/see it. Information here.

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