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Friday, December 7, 2012

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Launches A Toronto Symphony Digital App


Web-based application invites all Torontonians to help shape and finish the score of A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City.
December 7 – What does Toronto sound like? After months of collecting the sounds of our city and collaborating with Torontonians to create a symphony for, by, and about Toronto, composer Tod Machover is entering the home stretch of completing A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City.  Today, the TSO and Tod Machover invite all Torontonians to collaborate in the final stages of composing this work, by manipulating the score with a brand new digital application – called Media Scores - now available on
Media Scores – designed especially for this project by Tod Machover and his team at the MIT Media Lab - will allow all Torontonians to help complete the Finale “Toronto Dances” section of the piece, contribute to the accompaniment "texture" of the work’s virtuosic "City Soaring" movement, and experiment with other sections of the composition to build their own unique blend and personalized musical narrative.

Anyone can participate with most flash-enabled web browsers, using Media Scores’ intuitive and fun-to-use interface. No previous skill required, just an open mind, a sense of play, and inquisitive ears. Shape what your city sounds like today and visit

About Media Scores: Designed by his team at MIT specifically for A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City, watch online as Tod Machover describes the new Media Scores web application.

About A Toronto Symphony: Composer Tod Machover and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra explore what Toronto sounds like in A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City. The piece is set to début at the TSO’s New Creations Festival  on Saturday, March 9. Machover, called "America's most wired composer" by the Los Angeles Times and curator for the TSO's 2013 New Creations Festival, is known for his musical and technological innovations. In partnership with the TSO, Machover has asked Torontonians to collaborate with him in writing a work for, by and about our city. Public participation has included everything from streetcar sounds to steel drums to soulful melodies, all shared digitally or through collaborative workshops with
About Tod Machover: Tod Machover is recognized as one of the world's most imaginative and influential composers, and is also known for his music technology inventions, from a "hypercello" for Yo-Yo Ma to the innovations behind Guitar Hero. In addition to composing boundary-breaking works for instruments and electronics, Machover seeks ways to actively involve the public in music-making, through projects like his interactive Brain Opera or the Hyperscore composing software system. He is also celebrated for his innovative operas, including the "robotic" Death and the Powers which was Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. and
About the TSO:  Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and is internationally recognized as a leading orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest music education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with acclaimed curriculum-based
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The TSO Official Airline is Air Canada.
The New Creations Festival is supported by RBC Foundation.

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