Le Laboratoire Cambridge
670 East Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, a one-of-a-kind art and design center for creativity, invention and boundless learning, will open in Cambridge on October 31. The opening will begin with “Vocal Vibrations,” an exhibition that follows an experiment led by composer and inventor Tod Machover with designer and architect Neri Oxman, and in which specially designed objects disembody vibrations generated by visitors’ own voices and promote new ways of exploring vocal vibrations in health and meditation.
Visitors first enter a group meditative chamber where they listen to Tod Machover’s 10-channel “Chapel” composition based on vocal recordings by soprano Sara Heaton and the Blue Heron Choir, directed by Scott Metcalfe. Centered on a single meditative tone, Machover’s music blends voices with other sources to create a wide variety of textures and timbres that prepare the listener for the next sonic journey: the oRb Tunnel. The Tunnel leads to an intimate room containing a sensorial “cocoon,” which closes around the participant as they hold an object called the oRb, a magical ceramic sphere created by Machover and his students at the MIT Media Lab.