By Jennifer Logue.
We’ve all gone sightseeing, but have you ever experienced a city strictly through its sounds?
That’s been the mission of Tod Machover, composer and MIT professor, who has spent the past five years creating “City Symphonies.”
His first project took him to Toronto and then he was off to Perth, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Switzerland, Detroit, Miami and now, Philadelphia.
“It’s a portrait of the city using the normal forces of the orchestra, but also tapping into a city’s spirit through the sounds of street life, traffic and parks,” Machover says. “I’m a big believer in the power of music to touch people’s lives. These days, you really have to invent new ways for people to feel.”