City Symphonies is Returning to the Hub!
City Symphonies is a unique opportunity to experience the global phenomenon created by composer Tod Machover and the MIT Media Lab. Since 2013, Machover and his team have worked with the citizens of cities in North America, Europe and Australia (with Asia and Africa to follow!) to create massively collaborative sonic portraits using traditional musical elements as well as the special sounds, that make each place unique. Visionary technologies developed at the Media Lab allow anyone to contribute audio, video, original compositions, voices and more, and to help shape the feel and story of each “symphony” through a new kind of collective creativity.
This year, City Symphonies will be returning home to "the Hub" -- Greater Boston! Machover says: "Building on our past successes, we will make the best City Symphony ever, uniting institutions and individuals, long-time residents and recent arrivals, well-traveled neighborhoods and secret spots, songs and sounds and wails and whispers, all to make the Hub sync-and-spin with ecstatic energy and profound connection. So join us now to help create HUBsymphony, which will premiere at HUBweek 2019. Let's show the world what our HUB really sounds like!"
Check out our HUBsymphony trailer!
About Tod Machover
Tod Machover – composer, inventor and educator – been called “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times and “a musical visionary” by The New York Times. He is Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab, where he also directs the Opera of the Future Group. Machover's compositions have been commissioned and performed by many of the world's most prestigious ensembles and soloists, and his work has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, including being named 2016 Composer of the Year by Musical America. Machover is also recognized for designing new technologies for music, such as Hyperinstruments, and for his visionary operas like the “robotic” Death and the Powers. Machover is currently working on his next opera, Schoenberg in Hollywood, which premieres at Boston Lyric Opera in November 2018, and on the latest of his collaborative City Symphonies, Philadelphia Voices, for premiere by the Philadelphia Orchestra in April 2018, in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and at Carnegie Hall in New York. In addition, he is working on new projects for the Kronos Quartet, the Montréal Symphony, and for various health and wellbeing contexts.
About Opera of the Future Group
The MIT Media Lab’s Opera of the Group - directed by Tod Machover - explores the potential of music to profoundly affect individual wellbeing and fulfillment, interpersonal expression and communication, and the building of strong, meaningful communities and societies. By combining the highest artistic standards, a multimedia and multisensory approach, the design and invention of state-of-the-art technologies, and the expansion of scientific knowledge in fields such as affective biology and cognitive neuroscience, the Opera of the Future group is a unique environment for exploring the future of the arts, and the use of the arts for human development.