Listen: Tod Machover's 'Fensadense' for Hyperinstruments and Interactive Electronics

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Tod Machover and alumni of the Lucerne Festival Academy (Lucerne Festival)

September 12, 2015, in a program geared toward young children, the Lucerne Festival Academy alumni premiered Tod Machover's multimedia work Fensadense.

Machover, head of MIT Media Lab's Opera of the Future group and 2015 composer-in-residence at the festival, wrote the piece for interactive electronics and ten "hyperinstruments" – explained on MIT's site as instruments "using technology to give extra power and finesse to virtuosic performers."

The music itself offers tongue-in-cheek references to standard Classical repertoire and the Beatles alongside alternately cartoonish and meditative electronic sounds.

Listen to the full audio at the top of this page and watch a promotional video for the piece below.

Produced by:

Hannis Brown

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