A recent Opera of the Future experiment has been the creation of several symphonic works in collaboration with entire cities. This is often facilitated by an arts festival happening in the city. We’ve so far collaborated with the cities of Toronto, Edinburgh, and Perth. There are currently projects in progress for Lucerne, and now Detroit
We recently put on (Pulitzer finalist!) Death and the Powers in Dallas, TX and broadcast the last show to 9 venues in the US and continental Europe. We created a relatively complex broadcast performance system which connected to people’s phones as well. I also mixed the performances. The audio system required careful thought— we added
We’re seeing a rapid blurring of studio and stage production techniques. Five years ago, going on tour meant racks of analog outboard gear. It wasn’t easy to take studio toys– they’re often too delicate to make it through a load-in.
You might be surprised to learn that MIT has a pretty amazing jazz scene. Recently I had the opportunity to record a friend’s vocal recital featuring some of Institute’s finest Jazz musicians.
Sleep No More is an awesome show running in New York (you should go!) It’s a 3 hour long immersive experience based on Macbeth and influenced by Film Noir, created by the genius theater group, Punchdrunk.
Death and the Powers was a project commissioned for Prince Albert of Monaco. We designed and built a fully integrated sound, video and robotics system for the performance. There’s a huge amount of information on this project at bot23.com, operaofthefuture.wordpress.com, and powers.media.mit.edu.
In 2010 we went to England as artists-in-residence! As part of the project we did a 20-channel ambisonics system and a TEDx event.
Skellig the Opera was our first foray into live ambisonic systems. We developed a production workflow and show-control systems for using Ambisonics in theater.
For MIT’s 150th Anniversary, we put together a concert celebrating 50 years of music and technology at the Institute.