banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
point of care
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
Joe Paradiso talks about making music, collaborating with students (and with the internet), and his massive modular synthesizer.
Exploring new forms of social justice through art
Space Exploration Initiative
Hairstyles, musical instruments and gardening all change in zero gravity, scientist Sands Fish says.
When contemplating the future of life in space, we dream not only of rockets and off-world societies, but also of art, of leisure, and fr...
“Can a man know the truth and tell it to the greatest number and still be misunderstood? Can one man be of the many and still be known?” ...
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Advance human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
PerForm explores the intuitive meanings associated with the shape of objects, and how a deformable tool can allow for interaction based o...
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Transforming data into knowledge
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
Today, the environments that humans occupy in space are designed for survival. Humans are carefully shuttled to and from space, and durin...
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
"Loops" combines the work of the Lab's Synthetic Characters group, Merce Cunningham, and digital artists Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar. ...
Marc Downie, Paul Kaiser, and Shelley Eshkar collaborated on Loops, an exploration of Merce Cunningham's life and work.
How to build intelligent music systems out of interacting audio-processing agents.
Opera of the Future head Tod Machover talks to Korea JoongAng Daily about “Symphony for the Koreas.”
Symphony for the Koreas will be the latest installment of the celebrated City Symphony series. Over the next few years, Tod Machover and ...
Opera of the Future head Tod Machover reflects on the recent peace workshop and concert on Jeju Island
The advent of streaming has changed our relationship to music, but where is it taking us? What's the logical conclusion?
Adaptive Music for Affect Improvement (AMAI) is a music generation and playback system with the goal of steering the listener toward a st...
When we form memories, not everything that we perceive is noticed; not everything that we notice is remembered. Humans are excellent at ...
As we move towards an increasingly IoT-enabled ecosystem, we find that it is easier than ever before to capture vast amounts of audio dat...
Tod Machover and Charles Holbrow discuss how they're building the tools and platforms for a culture of living music
Songs released on music streaming services are static, never changing after their initial release. Evolving Media proposes a content...
Exploring robotic sound generation mixed with human movements on the guitar. Guitar Machine II is a robotic guitar that responds to human...
We often imagine a future world filled with robots and artificial intelligence agents, where humans share their civilization with sentie...
Xiao Xiao performs La Vie En Rose and a Tang Dynasty poem on the theremin at New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME).
Evergreen Blues is a suite of interactive songs that together provide a collaborative musical narrative experience in the form of a multi...
Seasons Change Together is a collaborative song construction experience for multiple simultaneous participants. It represents a firs...
Su, D., Picard, R., Liu, Y. "AMAI: Adaptive Music for Affect Improvement." Proceedings of the 44th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Daegu, Korea, August 2018.
Can we sonfiy calming breathing and passively influence a state of calm?Deep breathing has been scientifically proven to affect the heart...
Digital Currency Initiative
We are conducting EEG studies to identify the musical features and musical interaction patterns that universally impact measures of arous...
This project examines how the expression granted by new musical interfaces can be harnessed to create positive changes in health and well...
The City Symphony project by the Opera of the Future group brings creative musical participation to everyone while encouraging collaborat...
This collection of Tod Machover’s music focuses on chamber and orchestral music composed during the last decade, both with and without el...
Collective memory and attention are sustained by two channels: oral communication (communicative memory) and the physical recording of in...
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
LeakyPhones is a public/private headset that was designed to encourage face-to-face interactions, curiosity, and healthier ...
The Tangible Media group is researching human interaction with the gadgets and gizmos around us.
Designing for, with, and by nature
As we generally experience on earth, there is no space without sound and there is no sound without space. Building on the understanding o...
César Hidalgo considers the role technology plays in how people and events enter, and fade from, collective memory.
The Telemetron was created in response to a call from the MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative.
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best technology stories of the week.
A selection of recent press coverage on Tod Machover's newest opera, Schoenberg in Hollywood.
As Collier gets ready to release his sophomore album, "Djesse," he's adding a new element to his musical world: other people.
As an intellect and creator, Schoenberg would have fit right into the Lab.
You probably won’t find anything resembling the rest of the opera in any Schoenberg biography anywhere.
An enticing historical drama explores the conflict between maintaining artistic integrity and an artist’s longing to reach a wider audience.
Karole Armitage, the distinguished choreographer, is directing the world premiere of 'Schoenberg in Hollywood,' composed by Tod Machover.
Machover, known for his use of new technologies to expand music, was moved by Schoenberg’s commitment to maintain his artistic integrity.
Visionary composer Tod Machover is unleashing his latest marriage of technology and tradition: "Schoenberg in Hollywood."
On November 14, the Boston Lyric Opera will present the World Premiere of Schoenberg in Hollywood, a new opera by Tod Machover, the Murie...
Death and the Powers: Global Interactive Simulcast
The internet changed how we create, distribute, and consume music and media. Modern digital tools for creating music and medi...
We present VisualSoundtrack, a system designed as a tool for soundtrack composers to experiment with original musical content in differ...
Philadelphia Voices is the latest in the series of City Symphonies projects that Tod Machover and the Opera of the Future group have...