For 100 days, Jan. 31-May 12, residents of Miami can contribute their own sound and video clips to the New World Symphony (NWS), America’s Orchestral Academy, as part of Project 305.
The project will use selected submissions to compose an orchestral work and accompanying video that will be performed by the NWS on Oct. 21 at the New World Center. Through a partnership between NWS, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and MIT Media Lab, the project is modeled after the collaborative City Symphonies created throughout the world by innovative and influential composer, inventor and educator Tod Machover.
His Detroit project in 2015 attracted hundreds of Detroiters, who submitted hundreds of hours of audio and visual clips of daily life in Detroit via their phone apps. Here is the 37-minute “Symphony in D”:
This video highlights excerpts from Machover’s Toronto symphony project in 2013:
“Music has always been tied up with technology ever since people realized that you could bang on stones and that was a way of making rhythms that were more precise than if you just clapped or Stradivarius violins are unbelievable technology for making these four strings project 2,000 people in a room,” Machover told the BBC News. “Social media and electronic communications make it possible to connect to anybody and to send information to anybody. I think we need to build every possible situation that we can so that there’s a much more fluid communication between the people listening and the people making.”
Miamians can take part in Project 305 by submitting their video and sound clips using the iPhone or Android app Project 305 (designed by MIT Media Lab) or on the project website. Here’s the promo video:
More information about Project 305 is available in the press release.
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