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Hyperscore in Toronto Schools

Hundreds of school kids in Toronto will have a chance to get their hands on Hyperscore and contribute to creating a new work for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The project is the brainchild of composer Tod Machover, who was commissioned by the orchestra to write a new piece to be premiered at the New Creations Festival in March of 2013. Rather than retreat to the solitude of his studio, Machover decided to open up the composing process to the entire city. A group of adventurous and committed school teachers took up the challenge and have developed a most creative and engaging curriculum around Hyperscore. We can’t wait to see what their students come up with!

Here’s the project’s website: A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City

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“Dream” performed by DOGMA

Take a listen to this snippet from a song called “Dream”, arranged and performed by DOGMA, one of the most popular rock bands in Armenia. The song was composed with Hyperscore by a middle schooler in Armenia as part of the A-to-A project. We think it rocks!

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Get Hyperscore V4.5

This version of Hyperscore runs on Windows 7 and 8, and can be downloaded HERE.

We are offering Hyperscore V4.5 at a special price of $39. To qualify, simply subscribe* for our free e-alerts via the sign-up form in the page footer, and we’ll send you the discount code. (Please allow 48 hours for the discount code to be issued.)  Bulk licenses and educational packets are available upon request.

Minimum System Requirements for Hyperscore V4.5:

– CPU: 400MHz or faster
– OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows Vista / XP / 2000 / 98
– Disk Space: 10MB
– Memory: 64 MB or more of RAM
– Sound: Sound card (or motherboard audio) with MIDI
– Graphics: 16-bit graphics card supporting 3D acceleration
– Other Software: DirectX version 8 or better download

Hyperscore V4.5 does not run on the Mac operating system, but it does run on Intel Macs booted up with Windows using programs such as Parallels, Bootcamp, or VM Ware. Hyperscore V4.5 also can run on Windows 10 but we have experienced some compatibility issues. If interested in running Hyperscore on Windows 10, please contact Support and we will send a demo version for you to try before you purchase it.

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America to Armenia – Building a Musical Bridge

The opulent Armenian Opera Theater in the heart of Armenia’s capital Yerevan reverberated with some truly fresh sounds on the evening of February 25, 2012, as two of Armenia’s elite musical ensembles dug into new pieces composed entirely by children from Armenia and the United States. The concert, “A-to-A: A World in Harmony,” featured the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and DOGMA, one of the country’s most popular rock bands. The event was co-sponsored by the LUYS Education Foundation and the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan to celebrate the embassy’s 20th anniversary.

Despite the composers’ youth – they ranged in age from 8 to 14 – their work was rich and rewarding to hear, thanks to the boost their musical imaginations received from Hyperscore, a music-creation software developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab by a team led by renowned composer Tod Machover. Hyperscore puts unprecedented composing power into the hands of people who long to express themselves musically, regardless of their formal training. More than that, Hyperscore turns out to be an exceptional tool for collaborative creativity. One of the pieces receiving its world premiere at the Yerevan event was jointly composed by children in Boston and Armenia.

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Introducing Hyperscore

“The single coolest thing to happen to music ever.” – Thomas O’Hara, 12, of West Genesee Middle School

Music software that lets anyone compose music. The first music software program designed to teach students and adults how to compose music simply by drawing lines on the screen.

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Hyperscore at the Symphony

Music written with Hyperscore allows people to express their unique personalities. The slightly anarchic, wry spirit of this Dublin teen comes through in this humorous piece. On the eve of its premiere by the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, the composer had not yet named the work. At the last minute, he proposed “Attack of the Headless Chickens.” We think it’s a perfect fit!

 

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Hyperscore at TED

Composer and MIT Media Lab professor Tod Machover is devoted to extending musical expression to everyone, from virtuosos to amateurs. In this TED talk, he describes the invention of Hyperscore and how it freed Dan Ellsey, a man trapped in a body afflicted with cerebral palsy, to discover his inner composer.