Opera of the Future

Professor Tod Machover, Director

Torpey, P. and Bloomberg, B. "Powers Live: A Global Interactive Opera Simulcast." Proceedings of ACE. Funchal, 2014.

Bloomberg, B. "Hyperproduction: an audio-centric framework for the abstract modeling of live performance to guide audience attention and perspective using connected real-time systems." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2014.

Kleinberger, R. "Singing About Singing: Using the Voice as a Tool for Self-Reflection." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2014.

Jessop, E. " The body parametric: Abstraction of Vocal and Physical Expression in Performance." Ph.D. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2014

Holbrow, C., Jessop, E., and Kleinberger R. "Vocal Vibrations: A Multisensory Experience of the Voice." Proceedings of NIME. London, 2014.

van Troyer, A. "Composing Embodied Sonic Play Experiences: Towards Acoustic Feedback Ecology." Proceedings of NIME. London, 2014.

Torpey, P. "Media Scores: A Framework for Composting the Modern-Day Gesamtkunstwerk." Ph.D. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2013.

Wang, Q. "Music, Mind, and Mouth: Exploring the Interaction Between Music and Flavor Perception." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2013.

van Troyer, A. "Hyperaudience: Designing Performance Systems for Audience Inclusion." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2012.

Torpey, P. "Digital systems for live multimodal performance in Death and the Powers." International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Volume 8, Number 1. 2012.

Machover, T. "Death and the Powers: A Robotic Opera." Glasschord "Future Shock" issue. Vol 1 Number 10: October 2011.

Machover, T. "Future Opera for Robots and People Too." Innovation: Perspectives for the 21st Century, BBVA Press, 2011. (English and Spanish available)

Diverse—Articles, interviews, reviews and media related to Death and the Powers

Jessop, E., Torpey, P., and Bloomberg, B. "Music and Technology in Death and the Powers." Proceedings of NIME. Oslo, 2011.

Shen, Y. "Sound Strand Design: Designing Mechanical Joints to Facilitate User Interaction within a Physical Representation of Digital Music." B.S. Thesis. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011.

Boulanger, A. "Music, Mind and Health: How Community Change, Diagnosis, and Neuro-rehabilitation can be Targeted During Creative Tasks." Ph.D. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2010.

Dong, W. "Biologically-inspired Robots for Stage Performance." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2010.

Feehan, N. "Syncwalk: A Framework for Locative Audio Composition." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2010.

Cavatorta, A. "Nervebox: A Control System for Machines that Make Music." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2010.

Jessop, E. "A Gestural Media Framework: Tools for Expressive Gesture Recognition and Mapping in Rehearsal and Performance." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2010.

Machover, T. "On Future Performance." The New York Times, January 2010.

Torpey, P. "Disembodied Performance: Abstraction of Representation in Live Theater." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2009.

Jessop, E. "The Vocal Augmentation and Manipulation Prosthesis (VAMP): A Conducting-Based Gestural Controller for Vocal Performance." Proceedings of NIME. Pittsburgh, 2009.

Feehan, N. "AUDIO ORIENTEERING: Navigating an Invisible Terrain." Proceedings of NIME. Pittsburgh, 2009.

Torpey, P. and Jessop, E. "Disembodied Performance."Proceedings of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Boston, 2009.

Machover, T. "Beyond Guitar Hero - Towards a New Musical Ecology." RSA Journal (London), January–March 2009.

Lewiston, C. "MaGKeyS: A haptic guidance keyboard system for facilitating sensorimotor training and rehabilitation." PhD Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2008.

Boulanger, A. "Expressive Gesture Controller for an Individual with Quadriplegia." Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2008.

Boulanger, A. "Difficulties in Skill Acquisition and Pervasive Environments." Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2008.

Lillie, A. "MusicBox: Navigating the space of your music." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2008.

Machover, T. "My Cello" in S. Turkle's "Evocative Objects: Things to Think With." MIT Press. 2007.

Grindlay, G. The Impact of Haptic Guidance on Musical Motor Learning M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2007.

Knouf, N . Encouraging the Expression of the Unspeakable: Influence and Agency in a Robotic Creature M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2007.

Pliam, S. The Chandelier: Toward a Digitally Conceived Physical Performance Object M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2007.

Fabio,M. Chandelier: An Exploration in Robotic Musical Instrument Design M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2007.

Aimi, Roberto, Hybrid Percussion: Extending Physical Instruments Using Sampled Acoustics PhD. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2006.

Machover, T. October 2006 , "Dreaming a New Music ", Chamber Music, Vol 23 No 5 . : 46–54.

Machover, T. et al, July/August 2006, "Opera ElectronicaNewsline: Opera America, Vol 15 Number 10: 19–22.

Knouf, N . "Dissimilarity Measures and Emotional Responses to Music." International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Bologna, Italy, in August 2006.

Boulanger, A .Autism, New Music Technologies and Cognition M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2006.

Young, D. "Studying Violin Bowing." Lay Language Paper. 151st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Providence, June 2006.

Young, D. and Nunn, P. and Vassiliev, A. "Composing for Hyperbow: A Collaboration Between MIT and the Royal Academy of Music." Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Paris, 2006.

Farbood, M. "A Quantitative, Parametric Model of Musical Tension" PhD. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2006.

Downie, M. "Choreographing the Extended Agent: performance graphics for dance theater" PhD. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2005.

Jehan, T."Creating Music by Listening" PhD. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2005.

Sachs, D. A Forearm Controller and Tactile Display M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2005.

Weinberg, G. Interconnected Musical Networks: Toward a Theoretical Famework Computer Music Journal, Vol 29 Number 2: 23–39. 2005.

Lahav, A., Boulanger, A., Schlaug, G., Saltzman E.The Power of Listening: Auditory-Motor Interactions in Musical Training. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 Dec: 1060 189–94.

Solis, H. "IMPI: Improvisatory Music and Painting Interface." M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2004

Machover, T. "Shaping minds musically" BT Technology Journal, October 2004, Vol 22 Number 4: 171–179.

Machover, T. "Shaping minds musically"Video. Produced by Paula Aguilera, MIT Media Laboratory, 2004

Rourke, K. "A Conversation with Tod Machover" Newsline, April 2005, Vol 14 Number 7: 20–24.

Aimi, R. and Young, D. "A New Beatbug: Revisions, Simplifications, and New Directions." International Computer Music Conference. Miami, 2004.

Farbood, M., Pasztor, E., Jennings., K. "Hyperscore: A Graphical Sketchpad for Novice Composers." IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, January–March 2004.

Solis, H. "The Experience of Teaching and Collaborating with a Young Composer in the Creation of an Electro-acoustic Piece."III International Electro-acoustic Music Meeting. Brasilia, 2003.

Weinberg, G.Interconnected Musical Networks - Bringing Expression and Thoughtfulness to Collaborative Group Playing PhD. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2003.

Jehan, T., Lew, M., Vaucelle, C. "Cati Dance: Self-edited, Self-synchronized Music Video." SIGGRAPH Technical Sketch, Conference Abstracts and Applications. San Diego, July 2003.

Young, D. "Wireless Sensor System for Measurement of Violin Bowing Parameters." Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference (SMAC 03). Stockholm, 2003.

Serafin, S. and Young, D. "Bowed String Physical Model Validation Through Use of a Bow Controller and Examination of Bow Strokes." Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference (SMAC 03). Stockholm, 2003.

Young, D. and Serafin, S. "Playability Evaluation of a Virtual Bowed String Instrument." Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Montreal, 2003.

Young, D. and Essl, G. "HyperPuja: A Tibetan Singing Bowl Controller." Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Montreal, 2003.

Pasztor, E. A Graphical Environment for Gestural Computer-Aided Composition. M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2002.

Weinberg, G. "Playpens, Fireflies, and Squeezables - New Musical Instruments for Bridging the Thoughtful and the Joyful." To be published in Leonardo Music Journal. MIT Press, 2002.

Aimi, R. New Expressive Percussion Instruments. M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2002.

Jehan, T., Machover, T., and Fabio, M. "Sparkler: An Audio-Driven Interactive Live Computer Performance for Symphony Orchestra." International Computer Music Conference. Göteborg, 2002.

Weinberg, G. "The Aesthetics, History, and Future Challenges of Interconnected Music Networks." International Computer Music Conference. Göteborg, 2002.

Young, D. "The Hyperbow: A Precision Violin Interface." International Computer Music Conference. Göteborg, 2002.

Weinberg, G., Aimi R., and Jennings, K. "The Beatbug Network -- A Rhythmic System for Interdependent Group Collaboration." Conference on New Instruments for Musical Expression (NIME). Dublin, 2002.

Young, D. "The Hyperbow Controller: Real-Time Dynamics Measurement of Violin Performance." Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Dublin, 2002.

Orth, M. Sculpted Computational Objects with Smart and Active Computing Materials PhD. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2001.

Farbood, M. Hyperscore: A New Approach to Interactive Computer-Generated Music. M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2001.

Jehan, T. Perceptual Synthesis Engine: An Audio-Driven Timbre Generator.M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2001.

Young, D. New Frontiers of Expression Through Real-Time Dynamics Measurement of Violin Bows. M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 2001.

Farbood, M., and Schoner, B. "Analysis and Synthesis of Palestrina-Style Counterpoint Using Markov Chains" International Computer Music Conference. Havana, 2001.

Jehan, T., and Schoner, B. "An Audio-Driven Perceptually Meaningful Timbre Synthesizer." International Computer Music Conference. Havana, 2001.

Weinberg G., and Gan, S. "The Squeezables: Toward an Expressive and Interdependent Multi-player Musical Instrument." Computer Music Journal. MIT Press, 2001. 25:2, pp.37-45.

Overholt, D., Pasztor, E., and Mazalek, A. "A Multi-Purpose Array of Tactile Rods for Interactive eXpression." SIGGRAPH Conference Abstracts and Applications. Los Angeles: ACM Press, 2001.

Jehan, T., and Schoner, B. "An Audio-Driven, Spectral Analysis-Based, Perceptual Synthesis Engine." Audio Engineering Society, Proceedings of the 110th Convention. Amsterdam, 2001.

Weinberg, G., Lackner, T., and Jay, J. "The Musical Fireflies - Learning About Mathematical Patterns in Music Through Expression and Play." Proceedings of XII Colloquium on Musical Informatics. A'quila Italy, 2000.

Mazalek, A., and Jehan, T. "Interacting with Music in a Social Setting." Proceedings of CHI. The Hague: AMC Press, 2000.

Weinberg, G., Orth, M., and Russo, P. "The Embroidered Musical Ball: A Squeezable Instrument for Expressive Performance."Proceedings of CHI. The Hague: ACM Press, 2000.

Weinberg, G. "The Musical Playpen: An Immersive Digital Musical Instrument." Personal Technologies. London: Springer-Verlag Publication, 1999. 3:132-136.

Weinberg, G. Expressive Digital Musical Instruments For Children. M.S. Thesis. MIT Media Laboratory, 1999.

Weinberg, G. Local Performance Networks: musical interdependency through gestures and controllers

Marrin, Teresa. Inside The Conductor's Jacket: Analysis, Interpretation, and Musical Synthesis of Expressive Gesture. Ph.D. Thesis, 1999.

Strickon, Josh. Design and HCI Applications of a Low Cost Laser Rangefinder. M.S. Thesis.

Gan, Seum Lin. Squeezables: Tactile and Expressive Interfaces for Children of All Ages. M.S. Thesis, 1998.

Rice, Peter. Stretchable Music: A Graphically Rich, Interactive Composition System. M.S. Thesis.

Gorbet, M., Orth, M., and Ishii, H. "Triangles: Tangible Interface for Manipulation and Exploration of Digital Information Topography." Proceedings of CHI. Los Angeles: AMC Press, 1998.

Orth, M., Post, R., and Cooper, E. "Fabric Computing Interfaces." Proceedings of CHI. Los Angeles: AMC Press, 1998.

Weinberg, G., Fletcher R., and Gan S. (1998) "The BabySense Environment - Enriching and Monitoring Infants' Experiences and Communication." Proceedings of CHI. Los Angeles: ACM Press, 1998. 325-326.

Post, R., and Orth, M. "Wearable Fabric." International Symposium on Wearable Computing, 1997.

Denckla, Ben. Dynamic Intonation for Synthesizer Performance. September 1997.

Gorbet, M. and Orth, M. "Triangles, a Digital/Physical Construction Kit." DIS 97.

"Interface to Architecture: Integrating Technology into the Environment of the Brain Opera." DIS 97.

Gorbet, M. and Orth, M. "Triangles and Programmable Meaning." Ars Electronica 1997.

Oliver, W. The Singing Tree: A Novel Interactive Musical Experience. M.S. Thesis, May 1997.

Wilkinson, S. "Phantom of the Brain Opera ." Electronic Musician January 1997.

Marrin, T. Toward an understanding of musical gesture: mapping expressive intention with the digital baton. M.S. Thesis, 1996.

"Brain Opera, An Overview: Technology Integration into Objects and the Environment." Things That Think Presentation, 1996.

Metois, E. Musical Sound Information: Musical Gestures and Embedding Synthesis. Ph.D. Thesis, 1996.

Dodge, C. The Abstraction, Transmission, and Reconstruction of Presence.

Waxman, D. Digital Theremins: Interactive Musical Experiences for Amateurs using Electric Field Sensing. M.S. Thesis.

Yu, C. Computer generated music composition. M.S. Thesis, 1996.

Rigopulos, A. Growing Music from Seeds: Parametric Generation and Control of Seed-Based Music for Interactive Composition and Performance. M.S. Thesis, 1994.

Hong, A. Non-Linear Analysis of Cello Pitch & Timbre.

Horowitz, DM. Representing Musical Knowledge. M.S. Thesis, September 1995.

Machover, Tod: Principal Investigator . Hyperinstruments - A Progress Report 1987 - 1991 .MIT Media Laboratory. January 1992.

Matsumoto, F. Using Simple Controls to Manipulate Complex Objects: Application to the Drum-Boy Interactive Percussion System.

Egozy, E. Deriving Musical Control Features from a Real-Time Analysis of the Clarinet.

Rowe, R. Machine Listening & Composing: Making Sense of Music with Cooperating Real-Time Agents.

Chung, J. An Agency For the Perception of Musical Beats (or If I Only Had a Foot ...).

Abbado, A. Perceptual Correspondences of Abstract Animation and Synthetic Sound.

Atherton, D. MIDI Gesamtkunstwerk and a Schema for Creative Design.

Gargarian, G. The Art of Design: Expressive Intelligence in Music. Ph.D. Thesis.

Gargarian, G. Composing After Computers: The Application of Computational Metaphors to Musical Thought. M.S. Thesis.

Kopyc, D. Fantastic Electronic Sounds from Runs, Skips, & Twirls.

Romero, M. Objects to Interpret Real-Time Performances in a Hyperinstruments Context.

Wu, M. Responsive Sound Surfaces.

Yadegari, D. Self-Similar Synthesis on the Border Between Sound & Music.