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Festival City: Edinburgh Scotland. Europe's first symphony to be composed using crowdsourced sounds

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Tod Machover explains the Festival City project
A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City

TODAY!!!  Edinburgh is hosting the first performance of Festival City - Europe's first symphony to be composed using crowdsourced sounds and arrangements suggested by the public via specially-created computer apps. This 12-minute piece is being premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival and will be played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), led by music director Peter Oundjian. The two men previously worked on a similar project for Toronto.

It is the creation of Tod Machover - a muscian and professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab whose team previously helped create computer games Guitar Hero and Rock Band, technologies used by Peter Gabriel, Prince and Yo-Yo Ma, and who has already completed an earlier version of the Festival City project called: A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City.

The BBC was given exclusive access to the rehearsals.