DSO, MIT prof to create symphony with Motor City sounds
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will collaborate in the coming year with Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of music and media Tod Machover to capture the actual sounds of daily Detroit for translation into a musical portrait of the Motor City, from traffic noise to music drifting from an open window.
Machover, who works at MIT's Media Lab, has developed a unique technology to convert city sounds into music.
The planned "Symphony in D" will employ sound submissions from ordinary citizens, as well as those developed in workshops in schools and community centers throughout the city.
"Symphony in D" will premiere at Orchestra Hall on Nov. 16, 2015. Those interested in submitting sound recordings right away can find instructions at dso.org/SymphonyInD. Listen to a sample of sounds below.