Explore what is possible with Hyperscore
Becky Ogilvie set a great example for her students by composing right alongside them as they explored Hyperscore. We will be sharing the student’s work with Parent/Guardian permission. First, let’s enjoy Becky’s offering. She called it “Teacher Model”. We’ll call it “Joy”!
New Harmony Line’s Chief Technology Officer Peter Torpey
Egon and Mary share an early version of Hyperscore with delighted host Alan Alda on this 2003 episode of Scientific American Frontiers.
Elementary music teacher, Rebecca Ogilvie, shares her joy-filled experience of using Hyperscore with her students
IEEE Article link profiling Hyperscore writers Morwaread Farbood and Egon Pasztor who were students in the Opera of the Future Group at M.I.T. Media Lab and Kevin Jennings who was a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin
New Harmony Line is launching Group 3 for Beta testing of Hyperscore
Board member Sep Kamvar is a computer scientist, artist, and entrepreneur. He has been a professor at MIT and Stanford, and a co-founder of Wildflower Schools (a network of Montessori microschools), Mosaic Building Group (an AI-based residential construction company), and Celo (a mobile-based global payments platform for cryptocurrencies). Sep’s main contributions to computer science have […]
Cecilia piloted Hyperscore in the early 2000’s and taught thousands of students to compose until her retirement in 2021.
From our archives. This story about the 2012 “A to A: A World in Harmony” concert in Yerevan, Armenia, is a testament to the power of Hyperscore to foster powerful collaborations. The opulent Armenian Opera Theater in the heart of Armenia’s capital Yerevan will reverberate with some truly fresh sounds on the evening of February […]
Can a 12 year-old arrange motifs into a cool, foot-tappin’ song? You betcha!
You don’t worry about typing into the wind, if the wind answers back!
Peter is an artist and engineer who explores the nexus of music, interface, interaction design, cognition, storytelling, and theater. He received his PhD in the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab and now works as an independent contractor providing services that span the possibilities of integrating technologies into live performance and […]
How could I have let a whole week go by without shouting out that Kickstarter chose Hyperscore as a #ProjectWeLove in recognition of its “…brilliant creativity”!!?! The Kickstarter is 50% funded as of today with 17 days to reach our goal of $10,000. Check out our progress at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hypescore/hyperscore-a-new-way-to-compose-music/posts/3332240 We also received a shout out […]
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New Harmony Line would like to thank our Beta pilot teachers at Northwest (Mrs. Garringer), North Central (Mr. Wagner), and Southeast Junior High (Mr. Debes) in the Iowa City Schools and Allen Elementary (Mr. Cushenbery) in Kansas. They were the first to complete the Beta testing of Hyperscore. We also want to acknowledge the many […]
Thank you to Kickstarter for giving New Harmony Line this designation “which is our way of highlighting brilliant examples of creativity”! For more information on the Kickstarter Campaign that Executive Director June Kinoshita launched October 18th, visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hypescore/hyperscore-a-new-way-to-compose-music
Two years ago, Tod Machover and June Kinoshita founded New Harmony Line to resurrect Hyperscore, the software which hundreds of school children have used to compose original music that has been woven into Tod’s Toy Symphony and City Symphony pieces and performed around the world. Hyperscore enables anyone to express themselves through original compositions without […]
Professor, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy-winning composer
Sycamore Canyon Beta testing on iPads!
In 2015, Tod Machover and the M.I.T. Media Lab Opera of the Future team went to Lucerne, Switzerland, to develop a symphonic portrait of the historic city. “A Symphony for Lucerne” was premiered by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in September, 2015. In this video, Machover is coaching students at a school who are composing original […]
I would like to welcome our 3rd and 4th grade Beta testers from Kirkwood Elementary in Iowa! Currently, the students are writing Hyperscore music with an average of 93% of the 55 students completely engaged and enjoying the opportunity daily! Unfortunately, gamers need to beware a teacher that keeps her eye on your work ethic!! […]
Iowa’s Northwest Junior High General Music students have turned in their final compositions as our first Beta testers! I’m excited to see the final feedback from the students when they take the Exit Survey. I hope it’s great news! Current composers include Iowa’s North Central Junior High and Kirkwood Elementary. Student’s at Allen Elementary school […]
The Hyperscore video trainings are now posted on YouTube!
Will the 7th grade General Music students write a “Hot Cross Buns” composition or a movie theme like “Star Wars”? Iowa’s Northwest Junior High is our first school to have students writing music this week with our web-based Hyperscore! The teacher introduced the Rhythm module Tuesday and students wrote 1-3 rhythms on Wednesday. I had […]
We just discovered that the terrific documentary, “Urban Symphony,” which follows the development of A Toronto Symphony, is available to watch on YouTube. This was the very first of Tod Machover’s City Symphony projects and we get to see how the composer and his team at the M.I.T. Media Lab collected sounds of the city […]
New Harmony Line will be piloting the Beta Model of the Web-based version of Hyperscore in the Fall of 2021 with music, technology and special education teachers, a Girl’s Choir leader and her directors, two Strings teachers, a 6th-grade teacher who has her students write musical accompaniments to their poems and a speech pathologist. Director […]
Hyperscore has been used by children around the world to compose original pieces. Their compositions have been performed by musicians, from rock bands to major orchestras. Check out this collection of some of our “greatest hits,” each one a wonderful expression of each child’s spirit. We can’t wait to release the new version of Hyperscore […]
We have exciting updates about the future of New Harmony Line and Hyperscore. Until now, Hyperscore has been compatible only with the Windows operating system. Over the past year, we have been hard at work developing a platform-independent web-based application. Our new version of Hyperscore is on its way and we can’t wait to share […]
A Toronto Symphony is the first of composer Tod Machover’s City Symphonies. It was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, who premiered the piece in March 2013. With this project, Machover – who is Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music & Media at the MIT Media Lab – “rethought the symphony as a community event” […]
This city symphony was commissioned for the Perth International Arts Festival 2014 and premiered on March 1, 2014, by the Western Australia Symphony orchestra under the baton of Carolyn Kuan. In our blog post, Tod Machover writes: “As part of our Symphony for Perth project, we have invited young people from throughout Greater Perth, in Western Australia, to […]
Reporter Andrea Shea delves into the creation of Tod Machover’s newest symphonic work, “Philadelphia Voices.” From the famous Mummers’ New Year’s Day Parade to the sizzling of celebrated cheesesteaks, acclaimed U.S composer and inventor Tod Machover has been collecting sounds for his latest piece ‘Philadelphia Voices,’ a composition inspired by the heritage, sights and sounds of […]
“The expressions on the children’s faces were so moving, I will remember the day for the rest of my life. The whole orchestra and I unanimously agree that [Toy Symphony] is one of the most important things we have ever done, and that we will now commit more and more of our time, energy and budget to forwarding […]
Listen to five engaging, highly individual works composed by musical novices under the guidance of composer Stacy Garrop and Festival Co-Artistic Director David Ying. We recently received audio recordings of several compositions by participants in the Hyperscore II project for the famed Skaneateles Music Festival. In April and May of 2011, composer Stacy Garrop visited schools in […]
A Toronto Symphony. In this unprecedented creative experiment, composer Tod Machover has invited the citizens of Toronto to help create a new symphony orchestra piece. Several hundred school children participated, using Hyperscore to compose music about their city. Read this Musical Toronto blog post about what they accomplished. Here is one example, by Broadlands P.S. student Nebyou. His Hyperscore piece […]
From the U.S. to Armenia, Kids Build a Musical Bridge. A-to-A, a project of the Luys Foundation, brought together children from Armenia and America to compose music together. In this photo montage, we see images from workshops and the concert at Armenia’s National Opera where Hyperscore composition were performed by the national symphony orchestra and DOGMA, a popular rock band […]
Festival City, commissioned by the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival. It received its premier performance on August 27th, 2013, with the Royal Scottish Orchestra under the baton of Peter Oundjian. This piece incorporated hyperscore compositions by children in Edinburgh.
A Symphony for Lucerne, commissioned by the Lucerne Festival, was premiered in September 2015, with Matthias Pintscher conducting the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. Hundreds of sound recordings were contributed by Lucerne residents, along with Hyperscore compositions by school children. During the world premier performance, a barfuessfäger band from Lucerne’s famous Fasnacht (carnival) burst through the doors in […]
Symphony in D, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, was premiered in November of 2015 by the Detroit Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. The project engaged a wide range of collaborators, from street musicians to a Syrian Christian choir, school kids to senior citizens, electronica to poets. Watch here.
Philadelphia Voices is the sixth and largest-scale installment of Tod Machover’s acclaimed City Symphonies. Through specially-designed mobile technologies developed by Machover and his Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab, Machover has given residents of Philadelphia the opportunity to contribute their own samplings of cityscapes, vocalizations, and texts, reviewed and compiled by Machover and his team, uniting the richly diverse […]
Check out the wonderful compositions by young people in Lucerne, composed with Hyperscore. Many of the pieces were introduced to the public yesterday by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and have been incorporated into Tod Machover’s “A Symphony for Lucerne,” which receives its world premiere tomorrow, Saturday, September 5, at the KKL main hall. Tickets here. […]
Check out this new video about the Hyperscore workshops we are doing in Lucerne as part of the EINE SINFONIE FUER LUZERN project that premieres at this summer’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Amazing young people from around the city are working on original compositions that reflect aspects of Lucerne. These will be transcribed for instruments (some transcriptions by […]
Tod Machover writes: “As part of our Symphony for Perth project, we have invited young people from throughout Greater Perth, in Western Australia, to create original compositions using our Hyperscore software, expressing some aspect of life – and sound – in Perth. Students from elementary through high school, and from the CBD to Narrogin, worked on their […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Several hundred school children in Toronto have been giving their Hyperscore programs a good workout, composing music about their city for composer Tod Machover’s collaborative “A Toronto Symphony” project. Some of it may end up in the Machover’s new orchestral work, to be premiered in March 2013 by the Toronto Symphony. Take a listen to some of the […]