“A Participatory Experiment to Watch”

Image Source: Knight Foundation

Image Source: Knight Foundation

The Nonprofit Quarterly discusses the Detroit Symphony’s “Symphony in D” project as part of a broader trend to harness technology to engage communities in arts and culture.

Gone may be the days of the thought that “art is not for me,” as our arts organizations continue to engage audiences through a variety of ways beyond attendance at a museum or gallery. We have expanded our thinking to identify that it is just as important to bring art out into our communities as it is to bring the residents of the community into our venues. The Detroit Symphony is a great model for this, as they are actively involving their community in the creation process in addition to opening the gates of access to their community.

Read the full article: DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch

Interview: “Model D”

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Tod Machover writes:

Great new interview about the SYMPHONY IN D project for Detroit, by Walter Wasacz in “Model D.” Walter says I am “friendly, down to earth, even” – gee, I HOPE so:) – and I’m thrilled that my dear friend and brilliant musician/writer Wesley Strick also got mentioned in the article; his name came up because Walter had written for Creem Magazine which started in Detroit; that was one of Wes’ first writing gigs (although from Manhattan), although he is now better know as one of Hollywood’s most prominent screenwriters. Anyway, this interview captures much of the spirit of the Detroit project; will be back there next week to meet more people, hear more sounds, AND attend the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day game…..binaural microphones in hand (or in-ear, to be precise!).

Read the full article here.

Sneak peak at Symphony in D

Here’s a fun piece on Detroit’s WDIV TV on ‪#‎symphonyind‬. Hear a bass trombone sound like a car’s accelerator, hear Henry Ford’s first engine, and hear the TV announcer speculate on what the sound of a DRIVER might be on landing in one of Detroit’s ubiquitous potholes!

Watch the video here.

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How you can collaborate on the symphony?

We would love to hear from all you Detroiters out there!  It’s easy to send in sounds:

  • Just download the “Symphony In D” app, record a sound and send it. The app, Symphony In D, is available for free download now in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

You may also email each sound you record in an separate to detroit@media.mit.edu. Include your name, email, recording location, and any relevant details about your sound in your message.

Documentary Film on “A Symphony for Toronto”

Filmmaker Roxana Spicer followed the Opera of the Future team around for the months leading up to the premiere of “A Symphony for Toronto,” in March 2013. She documented the process of creating the team’s first collaborative symphony orchestra piece, which can be seen in her film Urban Symphony. The idea has captured the imaginations of communities around the world. Since then, “city symphonies” have been commissioned for Edinburgh, Scotland; Perth, Australia; Lucern, Switzerland; and Detroit, USA.

“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:

Brazilian TV spot on Lucerne Symphony project

This clip just appeared on Brazilian TV (Cultura TV, São Paulo) about Tod Machover’s LUCERNE SYMPHONY project. They interviewed Tod a few weeks ago when he was at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL, and this has some nice footage and sound of what the team did (and are doing) over there. So check it out and practice your Portugese!!!

Deutsche Welle on Lucerne Festival (Video)

Excellent TV piece on the LUCERNE FESTIVAL by Deutsche Welle, Germany’s equivalent of the BBC World Service. A segment on the SYMPHONY FOR LUCERNE project starts at 3:40. Check it out – and practice your German – at http://www.dw.de/take-five-folge-4-lucerne-festival/av-17890526

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