- BBC News – Tod Machover: composer’s social media symphony for Toronto (VIDEO)
- CBC – A Toronto Symphony (AUDIO)
- NPR – Scott Simon – Sounds Of Toronto’s Streets Liven Symphony (AUDIO)
- Global News – Full Story – An Urban Symphony (VIDEO)
- The Guardian – Tod Machover: how to crowdsource a symphony
- Toronto Life – The Argument: Musical visionary Tod Machover crowd-sourced a symphony for Toronto—now other cities want one too
- International Arts Manager – Electric dreams: Composer and inventor Tod Machover on music and participatory practice
- LOFT – A Toronto Symphony: Tod Machover’s participatory orchestral opera
- Symphony – Going Public (on crowdsourced symphonies) Spring 2013 issue
- Discovery Channel – Daily Planet features “A Toronto Symphony” (VIDEO, starting at 3:00)
- Global News – The Crowd Sourced Symphony: An Aural Tribute to Toronto
- Musical Toronto – News flash: CN Tower to make Toronto Symphony Orchestra début on Saturday night
- Toronto NOW - Tod Machover: What does Toronto sound like anyway?
- Toronto Star – Toronto gets the symphony treatment
- Canadian Jewish News – New symphony features the sounds of Toronto
- Musical Toronto – A Toronto Symphony composer Tod Machover keeps adding interaction weeks before premiere
- Boston Globe – Sounds of a city: A new template for collaboration in Toronto
- Toronto Life – Found Sounds
- Musical Toronto – Toronto school children become engaged composers in Toronto Symphony experiment
- Smart Planet – Q&A: Tod Machover, composer and inventor
- CBC Music – Tod Machover’s music app lets you be part of A Toronto Symphony
- Wired UK – Watch Tod Machover’s full Wired 2012 talk about his Toronto symphony
- PBS MediaShift – How Tod Machover and the City of Toronto Are Creating a Symphony
- The Guardian – The orchestra as mass collaboration
- CBC – Help Tod Machover compose A Toronto Symphony
- CBC Metro Morning – Toronto’s Sound
- Torontoist – Tod Machover Crowdsources a Symphony
- Toronto Life – Guitar Hero brain Tod Machover calls on Torontonians to help compose a musical portrait of the city
- Toronto Standard – What Does Toronto Sound Like?
- Toronto Star – Composer Tod Machover invites Torontonians to create music for the TSO
- Toronto Globe and Mail – TSO to perform a Toronto-made symphony next year
- Toronto Star – Toronto to get its own symphony at the TSO
The BBC News captures the spirit of “A Toronto Symphony”. Watch below:
Over the past year, I invited you – the citizens of Toronto – to collaborate with me to compose a new symphony which will be premiered by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on March 9, 2013, at the New Creations Festival, just two weeks from today!
I wanted to share some recent stories in the press that nicely capture what this whole journey has been about. I thought the following articles were particularly well done. Enjoy!
- Boston Globe - Sounds of a city: A new template for collaboration in Toronto
- Toronto Life – Found Sounds
- Musical Toronto - Toronto school children become engaged composers in Toronto Symphony experiment
- International Arts Manager magazine: Electric dreams: Composer and inventor Tod Machover on music and participatory practice
I look forward to meeting you at the premiere!
The Toronto Star has invited readers to send in their “sounds of Toronto” and plans to report on the results.
The Toronto Standard has a nice write-up of our initial composing process, in which I collaborated with eight talented and adventurous musicians from the Toronto Symphony to create some new music:
The resulting composition, performed at the official launch at the ideacity conference, built from a scattered, wandering mélange of textures into a series of playful melodies and phases with each instrument taking brief solos. It’s an unexpected, yet pleasing tune that evokes the diverse bustle of a metropolis.
And here’s a thoughtful blog post by John Terauds for Musical Toronto. I really didn’t know what to expect, so it’s a relief to read his reaction:
Machover’s Ideacity audience had a chance to hear the results, which may or may not be part of the much, much larger finished work. But along the way, the composer was able to prove to himself, as well as key witnesses, that weaving other people’s ideas into a meaningful whole is possible.
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