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Tod Machover

Professor and Composer,
MIT Media Lab

Cambridge, United States

Creative collaboration between experts and everyone else is the key to cultural vitality in the future.

Creative collaboration between experts and everyone else is the key to cultural vitality in the future.

We all admire the great geniuses around us – from Da Vinci to Einstein, Beethoven to The Beatles – but we have a tendency to put them on an unhealthy pedestal, in a category so different from the rest of us that they seem almost a distinct species.

Paradoxically, technology has tended to enlarge rather than to shrink this divide. On the one hand, artists use social media to create a seeming closeness to fans that tends to elevate celebrity and promote marketing rather than to invite true communication. And crowd-sourcing invites everyone to participate in large projects, but one’s individual contribution is too often lost – literally – in the crowd.

So we must work urgently to eliminate this divide, and to create contexts and experiences where people from all backgrounds, ages, skills and experience levels can work together on ambitious and significant projects, each bringing his or her life experience and special perspective while benefitting from everyone else’s comments and contributions. The arts – and music in general (simultaneously so universal but also potentially ghetto-izing) – are a perfect laboratory for such a new ecology of creativity. At the MIT Media Lab, we are trying experiments in bringing children from far-away lands together to compose symphonies and rock songs and in inviting the entire city of Toronto to collaborate with us to compose a new symphony. In such cases, the general public works closely with music students, computer programmers, and celebrated musicians, composers and designers to make something splendid and valuable that none could have done alone.

This combination of sophisticated expertise and democratic participation will, I believe, lead to a world where everyone can realize their true creative potential, where technology can help us build powerful communities with shared goals, and – as in the construction of the great Cathedrals of the Middle Ages – where we can together imagine and realize beautiful, meaningful monuments that reflect our shared hopes and aspirations and that lead us to a stimulating, surprising and satisfying future.

Tod Machover Bio:

Tod Machover – called “America’s most wired composer" by the Los Angeles Times, and "a Renaissance man for the 22nd century" by The Guardian - is known for his innovative compositions as well as for designing new technologies for music.

He is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music & Media at the MIT Media Lab, where he directs the Opera of the Future Group. He studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at Juilliard and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez's IRCAM in Paris.

Machover has received numerous prizes and awards, including the "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" from the French government, the Kurzweil Prize for Music and Technology, and the 2010 Arts Prize from the World Technology Network (CNN/Time Inc.).

He is renowned for his pioneering work with Hyperinstruments, which use technology to extend the expressive range of traditional instruments for virtuosi like Yo-Yo Ma and Prince, as well as for children, for health and well-being, and for the general public through games like Guitar Hero, which grew out of his Lab.

Machover is especially recognized for his unusual operas, including the science fiction VALIS, the audience-interactive Brain Opera, and the robotic Death and the Powers. He is currently composing a new work for the Toronto Symphony, for which he has invited the whole city of Toronto to collaborate.