Over the past decade, I have explored the intersection of technology and music. As a simultaneous musician and engineer, I have worked with many different musical groups, artists, and organizations to push the boundaries of technology’s role in music making. Here are some of my most notable projects:
Fensadense World Tour
In the Fall of 2014, I began investigating ways of enhancing musical improvisation using sensing and mapping technology. My research, under the direction of Tod Machover, eventually evolved into the development of a piece for the Lucerne Music Festival in August 2015. Along with many other goals, the project’s purpose was to develop ways of extending the ‘hyperinstrument‘ concept to many different instruments and incorporating the collaborative aspects of musicianship.
Death and the Powers
The Opera of the Future group produced an interactive and technologically-enhanced opera, Death and the Powers, written by Robert Pinsky, Directed by Diane Paulus, and conceived and composed by Tod Machover. In February 2014, the opera visited the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, TX and was simulcast to several locations around the world.
Excerpt from Review on the Simulcast Technology:
On February 16, 2014, audience members participating remotely across ten worldwide locations will be able to take advantage of live, enhanced streaming and dedicated onsite interactive moments made accessible via a specially designed, downloadable app created by the MIT Media Lab. During strategically choreographed segments throughout the opera, remote audiences will have an opportunity to participate in the live performance at The Dallas Opera, as well as to virtually experience Simon Powers’ life in The System through site specific audio, video and multimedia content. Images from Simon’s memory, news headlines, stock trading data and other matters that occupy his mind will be flashed onto mobile devices either concurrently or in waves reaching certain devices at varying times. Additionally, as many as ten HD cameras placed throughout the set and upon various electronic props will provide a “robot’s eye-view” of the opera as well as a view of the multiple layers of information Simon Powers might be seeing or thinking from within The System. Some remote viewers receive a physical, pulsating buzz on their device while others experience a touch-sensitive glowing light resembling an element in the plot. The added media content will provide remote audiences with a unique perspective of the opera and bring the sounds and sights in Dallas – literally – “within reach” providing an innovative, intriguing complement to the live experience taking place on stage.
Tod Machover, a professor I work with at the Media Lab, has been working on project called City Symphonies, where he musically collaborates with an entire city to compose a piece that embodies that place’s culture and unique sound.
Tod’s latest symphonies, Symphony for Lucerne (Lucerne, Switzerland) and Symphony in D (Detroit, Michigan) designed and built a mobile platform that allows citizens to record and upload sounds for Tod to use in his compositions.