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‘singing walls and dancing robots’: the future of classical music?

Tod Machover is the composer and the brain of ‘ Death and the Power’, the opera of the future, produced by the medialab of MIT.

Last week we spoke to Adam Boulanger, who is in the group of Tod Machover: The opera of the future. This group is about how musical composition, performance, and instrumentation can lead to innovative forms of expression, learning, and health.

One of their projects is the opera ‘Death and the Power’.’It is a one-act, full evening work that tells the story of Simon Powers, a successful and powerful businessman and inventor, who wants to go beyond the bounds of humanity. Reaching the end of his life, Powers faces the question of his legacy: “When I die, what remains? What will I leave behind? What can I control? What can I perpetuate?” He is now conducting the last experiment of his life, passing from one form of existence to another in an effort to project himself into the future.’

During our visit of The Opera of the Future, Adam Boulanger showed us the Chandalier










And the Robots of the Robot Choir:










Adam told us about how they worked for years on this project. Many students were involved. Not only PhD candidates, but also students in their first year. Actually students of about 18 year old, developed the software of the robot.

It is amazing how technology and arts come together in this project. Machover won the World Technology Award 2010 in the field of art.  It is a prize of the World Technology Network given to those who are in their opinion ‘doing the innovative work of “the greatest likely long-term significance” in their fields. They are those creating the 21st century.’

It crosses my mind: might this new performance  of music and technology be the future of classical music?

december 12, 2010 Posted by | concerten, filmpjes, premiere | , , , | Plaats een reactie