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What does Detroit sound like?

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and composer Tod Machover from the MIT Media Lab are asking every Detroiter that question, as they work with the community to create a collaborative symphony with sound submissions and conceptual contributions from the public. The work, entitled Symphony in D, will premiere at Orchestra Hall on Nov. 20, 2015. The project is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Symphony in D MAXCAST

Join the outdoor party to hear YOUR orchestra on Saturday, November 21:
7 PM - Gather on Parsons Street in Midtown to kick-start the party with hot chocolate, smores and more!
8 PM - Live full-screen projection of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert on the side of Orchestra Hall.
10 PM - Afterparty in the atrium of the Max M. & Marjorie S. FIsher Music Center with live music.  

Get the app

Download the Symphony in D app to share the sounds of YOUR Detroit and listen to recordings by fellow Detroiters. Your sounds could inspire composer Tod Machover and may even be featured in the symphony!

Download for iPhone and iPad

FREE in the iTunes App Store

Download for Android

FREE on Google Play

Upload your Sounds

Upload your sounds directly to the MIT Media Lab at SymphonyInD.com. Try to maintain the highest sound quality when recording. In building the project, composer Tod Machover will listen to all of your submissions as potential musical material and inspiration for the final symphony.

You may also email each sound you record in a separate email to the MIT Media Lab at detroit@media.mit.edu. Include your name, email, recording location, and any relevant details about your sound in your message.

Project Partners

            Knight Foundation

Todd MachoverAbout Tod Machover

Tod Machover (b. 1953 in New York) has been called "America's most wired composer" by the Los Angeles Times. He is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation, and is also celebrated for inventing new technology for music, including Hyperinstruments which he launched in 1986. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez's IRCAM in Paris. He has been Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, USA) since it was founded in 1985, and is Director of the Lab's Hyperinstruments and Opera of the Future Groups. Since 2006, Machover has also been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.Michigan Science Center logo

The Michigan Science Center is currently featuring a display surrounding Machover's Hyperscore software. With a DSO ticket stub in hand, patrons get $3 off general admission.

Watch Tod's TED Talk on extending musical expression to everyone using technology:

Symphony in D is made possible by
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
with additional support from
Opportunity Detroit