Unique composer and inventor joins Royal Academy of Music
From Soundgenerator.com - 25.6.06
London's Royal Academy of Music has augmented their composition teaching staff with the addition of Tod Machover to its impressive list.
American born Machover is a composer, inventor, educator and is Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab. He has been appointed to the position of visiting professor of composition. He joins Professor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Craig Armstrong in this role, adding to an impressive roster of composition professors at the Academy led by Head of Composition Simon Bainbridge.
Tod Machover - called 'America's Most Wired Composer' by The Los Angeles Times - is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation, and is also celebrated for inventing new music technology. He studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez's IRCAM in Paris. He has been Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA since it was founded in 1985. Machover's music is noted for breaking traditional artistic and cultural boundaries, offering a unique and innovative synthesis of acoustic and electronic sound, of symphony orchestras and interactive computers, and of arias and rock songs. His music has been commissioned and performed by many of the world's most prestigious ensembles and soloists. He is currently working on two operas for first performance in 2008: Death and the Powers, a 'robotic' opera with a libretto by US poet laureate Robert Pinsky, and Skellig, based on the award-winning novel by David Almond.
Machover has designed his hyper instruments, which use smart computers to augment musical expression and creativity, for some of the world's greatest musicians - from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince - as well as for the general public and for children. Since 2004, he has been collaborating with composers and performers from the Academy on a hyperbow for cello.
More information can be found on Machover at the composer's website www.todmachover.com