Saturday evening saw the successful debut of Tod Machover's "A Toronto Symphony", described aptly by conductor Peter Oundjian as "the most collaborative piece of music that has ever been written." Nearly a year in the making, the new work was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony for its New Creations Festival. Scored for a full symphony orchestra, … Continue reading Hyperscore has starring role at the Toronto Symphony
The Toronto Symphony posted this terrific video highlighting a workshop with composer Tod Machover and Toronto school kids who composed music inspired by the sounds of their city. The kids used Hyperscore, guided by a creative group of music teachers. We are looking forward to seeing the curriculum they developed! Read more about the A … Continue reading A Toronto Symphony workshop (video)
Composer Stacy Garrop was invited by the Ying Quartet's David Ying to lead a series of Hyperscore composing workshops for the 2011 Skaneateles Festival. The resulting works were performed by string quartets at the Festival. In an interview with us, Garrop shared some of her lessons learned from mentoring non-musicians to compose music using our … Continue reading Composer Stacy Garrop on teaching with Hyperscore
As we reported previously, Hyperscore is being used by hundreds of school children in Toronto this fall to compose music for Tod Machover's "A Toronto Symphony" project. How has it worked in practice? We found out last Friday when Tod met with around 300 kids gathered with their teachers on the campus of Toronto's College … Continue reading “Amazing accomplishment”
It's Hyperscore meets Hollywood in a new documentary film, Music is My Voice, about Dan Ellsey, a young man with cerebral palsy whose life was transformed when he learned to compose music using the software. Dan was featured in this TED Talk by Tod Machover, in which he performs a song he composed before a live audience. The new film, directed by … Continue reading Hyperscore has role in new film!
Enjoy this video of a concert of Hyperscore original music performed at the Armenian Opera Theater in February of this year. The music was composed by children in Armenia and America and performed by 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 … Continue reading A to A: The World in Harmony (Video)
One of the core ideas in Hyperscore are “motifs” – small melodies and rhythm patterns – which form the basic building blocks from which to construct musical compositions. In this video, Tod Machover coaches a groups of children in Armenia and the U.S. as they work together to create a new piece to celebrate the 20th anniversary … Continue reading Hyperscore in Action: Using motifs to build music
From the Toy Symphony project homepage "I can play [the Hyperviolin] and it will sound like a flute or a human voice, yet using the technique of the violin that I have learnt. The possibilities are limitless...And the kids respond to it because it is current. Their imaginations are stimulated, they're having fun, and they know they are … Continue reading Toy Symphony Workshop in Dublin (2002)
On February 24, 2002, Toy Symphony received a highly successful European preview with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin under Conductor Kent Nagano with guest Hyperviolin soloist Cora Venus Lunny. Scores of children throughout Berlin participated in school events and Toy Symphony workshops - excelling as performers and composers, and the sold out Open House and … Continue reading Toy Symphony project in Berlin, 2002
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. “The single coolest thing to happen to music ever,” enthuses Thomas O’Hara, 12, of West Genesee Middle School...