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.


PBS Newshour on Opera of the Future

PBS Newshour featured the Opera of the Future group tonight. If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it here: Singing robots reflect tech’s humanity in opera of the future

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.

Gearing up for Dallas

From Tod Machover’s Facebook:

Rehearsals for DEATH AND THE POWERS started in Dallas on Monday. Things are going well enough – very very well – that I was able to sneak back to Boston yesterday to put finishing touches on my Symphony for Perth. Crazy to have these two massive productions happening less than two weeks from each other (and half-way around the world, but as my mom says, “it certainly isn’t boring!”

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The Dallas Simulcast and the future of opera

Via Theater Jones

Via Theater Jones

Very interesting interview in Theater Jones with Keith Cerny, the innovative General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera, about bringing DEATH AND THE POWERS there next month, including the interactive simulcast that will reach 10 other cities. In the interview, Cerny discusses the challenge new operas face in reaching broad audiences. He describes how the Dallas Opera’s Simulcast of its production of “Death and the Powers” will chart a new path through innovative technology developed at the M.I.T. Media Lab to engage audiences.

Will you be attending one of the Simulcasts? Let us know!

Read the full interview here.

Perth Constellation launched

Just posted on the Perth project blog:

Explore the sounds of Perth with CONSTELLATION web app!  After a whirlwind trip to Perth in October/November when I immersed myself in the sights and sounds of the city, I am excited to share a unique collaborative activity where you will be able to contribute to the creative process of Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea: A Symphony for Perth. Since the launch of our project, we have received some amazing sounds that represent the city to you, and I have had the opportunity to record some of my own along with the help of my colleagues at the Perth International Arts Festival. Since my return to the MIT Media Lab, my team and I have been hard at work processing all of this recorded material in order to share it with you in a special web app called CONSTELLATION, which has been enhanced especially for our symphony. Read more