software lets even the untrained express themselves musically
through motion, color and texture.
a kid, there were no musical toys for me to play with," Joshua
Bell tells Alan. "I actually invented my own when I was three
or four. I used to string rubber bands on my dresser drawers,
open up the drawers and I would create pitches and different
tunes because I didn't have anything else to play with."
Despite this early setback, Joshua Bell today is a superstar
violinist. Tod Machover
is translating Bell's expertise with his Stradivarius into
a "hyperviolin," a wired version of a violin and bow that
record information about the way Bell plays. The data gets
relayed to a computer which translates Bell's skills and subtleties
into novel musical sounds.
Josh Bell lend his expertise with his Stradivarius to
Machover's "hyperviolin," a wired version of a violin
and bow that produces novel musical sounds.
"Toy Symphony," Alan gets to sample a few other of Machover's
creations, software and machines that let anyone create beautiful
music. "Beat Bugs," for instance, created by Machover's graduate
student, Gil Weinberg, allow even the smallest child to create
and collaborate to make music. Tap out a rhythm on the Beatbug's
back, and it plays it back to you. Another Beatbug can't change
your rhythm, but it can enhance it by altering tempo or other
musical qualities. A group of children equipped with Beatbugs
performed their group composition accompanied by the German
Symphony Orchestra in Berlin.
GSO also performed a piece composed by a ten-year-old boy
aided by Machover's "Hyperscore" software. Using shapes, colors
and textures instead of formal musical notation, Hyperscore
lets anyone, including Alan, unleash his or her creativity.
It's one more innovation from MIT's Media Lab that allows
you to make it on your own.
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