Future Music Blender

  Tod Machover, Mary Farbood et al.

The Future Music Blender (FMB) is a completely new part of the Brain Opera, which was permanently installed in Vienna in summer 2000. The FMB is the culminating experience of the Brain Opera. Visitors enter a second room after exploring the Brain Opera's Mind Forest. In this FMB room, they can listen to multiple music and sound samples, culled from the Mind Forest, the Internet, and a pre-processor database. Selected sounds represented as ID-tagged tokens are submitted to a central "blender" sculpture, which will read the ID and immediately incorporate the selected sound into an active performance database. A specially adapted Sensor Chair allows one user at a time to select sounds from the active database (organized spatially according to perceptually salient characteristics), and to mix or "blend" these sounds to create music collages by waving a hand in the air.


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Brain Opera Website

Haus der Musik Website

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