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Tod Machover, head of Opera of the Future, talks about his career, his creative approach, and his latest work, "Overstory Overture".
Tod Machover, head of the Media Lab’s Opera of the Future group, talks to MIT News about his new operatic work, "Overstory Overture.".
Exploring new forms of social justice through art
“Power Props” is a sensor and actuator platform for Live Action Role Playing (LARP), immersive theater, theme park, and other transmedia ex…
Ancient textiles have played a major role in the social, economic, and religious structures of communities around the world. Iconic, indige…
When imagining human life in space, how will we express our humanity and creativity in an alien environment? Can the art we make both refle…
Spanning from the early Musical Telegraph and Electronic Sackbut, to the late EMS Synthi AKS and Moog Synthesizers, electronic music and mu…
Developed in collaboration with dancer Loni Landon, Tapis Magique is a pressure-sensitive, knitted electronic textile carpet.
Pressure-sensitive, knitted electronic textile carpet generates 3D sensor data based on body gestures, drives an immersive sonic environment
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Death and the Powers is a groundbreaking opera that brings a variety of technological, conceptual, and aesthetic innovations to the th…
Peter Alexander Torpey and Elena Naomi Jessop. 2009. Disembodied performance. CHI '09 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 3685–3690. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/1520340.1520555
EBIFA (Everything Beautiful Is Far Away) is a crystalline robotic device that carried a tooth to outer space. EBIFA's form and fu…
By Tod MachoverFor the past five years or so, I’ve been working on some wild and unusual operas (the last one featured robots—or “Operabots…
The City Symphony project by the Opera of the Future group brings creative musical participation to everyone while encouraging collaboratio…
This collection of Tod Machover’s music focuses on chamber and orchestral music composed during the last decade, both with and without elec…
Gravity anchors all existence on Earth.It pulls a chaotic world to one single point in every moment of life. Even though gravity is everywh…
As we generally experience on earth, there is no space without sound and there is no sound without space. Building on the understanding of …
Ritual I: The Thing Itself consists of a choreographed robotic body that is in constant flux. It performs a dance of repetitive patter…
Philadelphia Voices is the latest in the series of City Symphonies projects that Tod Machover and the Opera of the Future group have c…
Can a magician and a robot collaborate on stage to create a believable, evocative performance?We are studying how the …
Blockchain technology could help to revolutionize how artists get paid.
The MIT Media Lab collaborated with London-based theater group Punchdrunk to create an online platform connected to their New York City pro…
Fensadense is a new work for 10-piece ensemble composed by Tod Machover, commissioned for the Lucerne Festival in summer 2015. The project …
Composer Tod Machover’s ground-breaking “city symphony” projects, which involve entire urban communities in collaborating to create sonic p…
Early in the opera "Death and the Powers," the main character, Simon Powers, is subsumed into a technological environment of his own creati…
Fall 2011—May 2012Article by Peter Torpey, Ben Bloomberg, Elena Jessop, and Akito van TroyerThe MIT Media Lab collaborated with London-base…
Even when it is not executed perfectly, theater can stir a range of feelings, from boundless elation to existential despair.
Ever heard of 'remote and real world interconnected theatrical immersion'? Punchdrunk's Peter Higgin explains all
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This project aims to build a modular lighting system where users can customize the design and lighting patterns.
The Hyperinstruments project creates expanded musical instruments and uses technology to give extra power and finesse to virtuosic performe…