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Sunday, May 22 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Hyperinstruments, Robotic Operas, and City Symphonies

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Paradoxically, technology can enhance musical virtuosity while also allowing anyone – regardless of training or experience – to participate in significant music-making.
Composer and inventor Tod Machover describes the past, present and (potential) future of his Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab, showing Hyperinstruments for soloists and ensembles, responsive stage technologies that go beyond multimedia, large-scale collaborative systems that enable entire cities to create symphonies together, and musical tools and concepts that promote wellbeing, diagnose disease, and customize compositions to individual needs and desires.

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Tod Machover

Described as “America’s most wired composer” by the LA Times and “a musical visionary” by the New York Times, Tod Machover is widely recognized as one of the world’s most significant and innovative composers, and is also celebrated for inventing new technology for music. He studied at Juilliard with Elliott Carter, was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM... Read More →

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →



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