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 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
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!”
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.
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…
Tod Machover just celebrated a milestone birthday, and friends and former students submitted some inventive musical tributes. Here are the “Brain Opera Rap” by Eric Metois, an untitled piece by Robert Rowe, and “SoftHyperBrainPowers” by Joe Paradiso. Enjoy!