If you're in or near Boston, you might want to check out the Boston Pops' "Pops on the Edge" concert on June 22nd. On the program is
Tod Machover's concerto of sorts titled "Jeux Deux for Hyperpiano and Orchestra". A description of this interesting sounding work can be found here. As someone interested in computer technology and music production, I'm excited about the use and development of hyperinstruments in live-performance. In a broad sense, there's nothing particularly new in the interplay of electronica and accoustic instruments. What's engaging, at least to me based on the works description, is the ways in which the hyperpiano interacts with the pianists work. More, I wonder at what point "hyperinstruments" stop being "hyper pianos" or "hyper violins" and become "instruments" in their own rights? After all that's how I'd like to think of them.