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Help finish and launch a new CD of Tod Machover's music called "…but not simpler…"
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I’m psyched to invite you to join me via Kickstarter to help launch a new CD of my music called …but not simpler… I’m really excited about this Bridge Records release for a lot of reasons. For the past 5 years or so, I’ve been working on some wild and unusual operas (the last one featured robots – or “Operabots” – onstage, a Musical Chandelier, and an entire stage that “comes alive”…..more on that in another posting!), so I am thrilled that this new CD is pure music from one end to the other, and it is music that covers many moods and demonstrates most of my sonic passions. Some of the pieces are for full orchestra, others are for string quartet, and others are special mixed meditations where all boundaries are blurred. All use specially designed technology in some way (invented at the MIT Media Lab where I work), from an interactive hyperpiano, to miniatures that I composed with our graphic composing software Hyperscore, to an entire hyperorchestra. Like all my music, each piece is a mini-drama designed to take you on an emotional journey, often starting someplace you recognize and ending up quite far away, as if waking from a dream with a new perspective.

Also, I think you'll feel the influence of my four favorite composers, the “4 B’s” –  Bach, Beethoven, Byrd (of Shakespeare’s time and, I think, the greatest composer before Bach), and The Beatles, the greatest composer(s) after Bach???!!! - throughout the album. I think the CD has a bit of everything: memorable melodies, punchy rhythms, booming bass lines, and kaleidoscopic textures. The performances on the CD are nothing short of spectacular, from Mike Chertock’s amazing virtuosity on the Hyperpiano, to the gorgeous sound of the Odense Symphony (Denmark) masterfully led by conductor Paul Mann, to not one but two great string quartets, the Ying Quartet (who commissioned all the quartet music, and are heard on the studio-produced interludes) and the brilliant young iO Quartet (Alexander Woods, Sarah Crocker, Beth Weisser and Chris Gross). These musicians play my gnarly, intricate music as if it was the most natural thing in the world (which – to me – it is, of course:), and I am incredibly grateful for their skill, devotion and artistry.

All the music has been put together as a true album, not just independent tracks, revolving around the search for calm and simplicity in our complex, crazy world.

This has been a huge project with music composed and created over 10 years, and recorded and produced over the last three years. We’ve raised considerable funds to get this far, but need your help to complete the final details of post-production, and to assure that this music reaches the largest number of listeners. I think we’ve put together some great incentives, from receiving pre-release signed CD’s, to attending invitation-only events, to visiting the MIT Media Lab with me as host, to having me speak about music, technology or anything else at a venue we can choose together.

Mostly, I hope that you will become as passionate about this music as I am, that you’ll sing it in the streets and to your friends, and that you’ll join me to tweak ears, open minds, and expand spirits through the tonal tapestry of …but not simpler…

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    A signed CD plus a 30-minute Skype conversation with composer Tod Machover about a favorite musical subject!

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    A signed CD plus Tod will give an in-person multimedia private seminar in your home, organization, school, etc. If out of town, you will need to cover travel expenses.

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