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Tod Machover

Compositeur américain né le 24 novembre 1953 à New York.

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Tod Machover obtint son diplôme de composition musicale à la Juilliard School, où il a étudié avec Elliott Carter et Roger Sessions. Il a travaillé à l’Ircam de 1978 à 1984 comme responsable du département de recherche musicale. Depuis 1985, il travaille à l’Institut de technologie du Massachussets (MIT), où il est professeur associé de Music and Media et directeur du Experimental Media Facility.

Quelques œuvres de Tod Machover sont des commandes ou des créations de l’Ircam et de l’Ensemble intercontemporain, y compris Light (1979), Nature’s Breath (1985), et son opéra Valis, qui fut créé à l’occasion du dixième anniversaire du Centre Georges-Pompidou en décembre 1987. Valisa depuis été produit aux Etats-Unis et au Japon, et publié en disque compact.

Les œuvres les plus récentes de Tod Machover incluent Song of Penance pour hyperalto et grand ensemble, commandée par l’Orchestre philharmonique de Los Angeles et Bounce pour hyperclaviers, commandée par Yamaha Corporation. Au-delà de la composition musicale, Tod Machover se consacre à la recherche encourageant et développant la créativité humaine et l’expression par le biais de la technologie.

Tod Machover travaille actuellement sur deux nouveaux projets d’opéra : Boom Generation, en collaboration avec le metteur en scène Peter Sellars et l’écrivain Wanda Coleman, dont la première est prévue au Grand opéra de Houston en janvier 1995 ; et un opéra interactif, Brain Opera, développé avec le directeur Roy Faudree et dont la présentation aura lieu aux Jeux olympiques d’Atlanta, en 1996.


© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 1999

  • Solo (excluding voice)
  • Chamber music
    • String Quartet n°1 (1981), 26 mn, Ricordi
    • Valis Music for piano, keyboards, percussion and prerecorded electronic sound, based on the music from the opera (1988), 25 mn, Ricordi
    • Bounce for hyperkeyboards, Yamaha Disklavier Grand piano and interactive computer electronics (1992), 14 mn, Ricordi
    • Yoku Mireba for flute, cello and piano (1977-1993), 15 mn, Ricordi
    • Media/Medium Suite for amplified cello, Yamaha Disklavier and prerecorded computer sounds (1995), 12 mn, Ricordi
    • Spirit Quartet for string quartet and prerecorded computer sounds (1995), 4 mn, Ricordi
  • Instrumental ensemble music
    • elec ircam Light for set and two bands (1979), 30 mn, Ricordi
    • Nature's Breath for chamber orchestra (1984), 19 mn, Ricordi
    • Desires for symphony orchestra (1985), 23 mn, Ricordi
    • Towards the Center for amplified flute, clarinet, violin, cello and electronics keyboard and percussion with five hyperinstruments electronics (1988), 18 mn, Ricordi
    • Wake-up Music for large symphony orchestra (1995), 11 mn, Ricordi
  • Concert music
    • elec ircam Spectres Parisiens for flute, horn and cello solo, ensemble and tape (1983-1984), 25 mn, Ricordi
    • Song of Penance for hyperviola, computer voice and large chamber ensemble (1992), 18 mn, Ricordi
    • Forever and Ever concerto for hyperviolin and chamber orchestra (1993), 24 mn, Ricordi
  • Vocal music and instrument(s)
    • Two Songs for soprano, flute, clarinet, harp, viola and doublebass (1978), 13 mn, Ricordi
    • elec ircam Soft Morning, City ! for soprano, double bass and tape (1980), 23 mn, Ricordi
    • elec ircam stage Valis opera for six voices, 4X computer and images (1987), 1 h 18 mn, Ricordi
    • He's our Dad for soprano, keyboard and computer-generated sound (1997), 10 mn, Ricordi
  • A cappella vocal music
    • Famine for four amplified voices and computer-generated sounds (1985), 13 mn, Ricordi
    • Flora for prerecorded soprano and computer-generated sound (1989), 5 mn, Ricordi
  • Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
    • elec ircam Fusione Fugace for numeric keypad and 4X computer (1981), 17 mn, Ricordi
    • Meteor Music electronic and computer-interactive music designed for the Meteorit Museum in Essen, Germany (1998), 45 mn, Ricordi
  • Unspecified instrumentation
    • Brain Opera for three hyperperformers, interactive "Mind Forest" installation, Internet music activities and audience participation, prerecorded voices of Marvin Minsky, Lorraine Hunt, Karol Bennett, Chris Nomura, Boston Camerata, etc., based on the ideas of Marvin M (1995), 50 mn, Ricordi
  • 1998
    • Meteor Drone for cello and prerecorded computer sounds, 12 mn, pas d'éditeur
    • Meteor Music electronic and computer-interactive music designed for the Meteorit Museum in Essen, Germany, 45 mn, Ricordi
  • 1997
    • He's our Dad for soprano, keyboard and computer-generated sound, 10 mn, Ricordi
  • 1995
    • Brain Opera for three hyperperformers, interactive "Mind Forest" installation, Internet music activities and audience participation, prerecorded voices of Marvin Minsky, Lorraine Hunt, Karol Bennett, Chris Nomura, Boston Camerata, etc., based on the ideas of Marvin M, 50 mn, Ricordi
    • Media/Medium Suite for amplified cello, Yamaha Disklavier and prerecorded computer sounds, 12 mn, Ricordi
    • Spirit Quartet for string quartet and prerecorded computer sounds, 4 mn, Ricordi
    • Wake-up Music for large symphony orchestra, 11 mn, Ricordi
  • 1994
  • 1993
    • Forever and Ever concerto for hyperviolin and chamber orchestra, 24 mn, Ricordi
    • Yoku Mireba for flute, cello and piano, 15 mn, Ricordi
  • 1992
    • Bounce for hyperkeyboards, Yamaha Disklavier Grand piano and interactive computer electronics, 14 mn, Ricordi
    • Song of Penance for hyperviola, computer voice and large chamber ensemble, 18 mn, Ricordi
  • 1991
  • 1989
    • Flora for prerecorded soprano and computer-generated sound, 5 mn, Ricordi
  • 1988
    • Towards the Center for amplified flute, clarinet, violin, cello and electronics keyboard and percussion with five hyperinstruments electronics, 18 mn, Ricordi
    • Valis Music for piano, keyboards, percussion and prerecorded electronic sound, based on the music from the opera, 25 mn, Ricordi
  • 1987
    • elec ircam stage Valis opera for six voices, 4X computer and images, 1 h 18 mn, Ricordi
  • 1985
    • Desires for symphony orchestra, 23 mn, Ricordi
    • Famine for four amplified voices and computer-generated sounds, 13 mn, Ricordi
  • 1984
  • 1983
    • elec ircam Electric Etudes for cello, tape and electronics, 25 mn, Ricordi
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
    • elec ircam Déplacements for guitar and tape, 16 mn, Ricordi
    • elec ircam Light for set and two bands, 30 mn, Ricordi
  • 1978
    • Two Songs for soprano, flute, clarinet, harp, viola and doublebass, 13 mn, Ricordi
  • 1975
    • Sun for piano solo, 20 mn, Ricordi
  • Date de composition inconnue