What music does the mind make? On Tuesday, March 11th, ArtLab tunes into the sound of synapses with Music + the Mind: a live music-infused experiment in neuroscience. The evening features the Brainwave Music Project, which translates brain activity into electronic music—a project conceived by Columbia professors David Sulzer and Brad Garton.
Singer + multi-instrumentalist Lora Faye and jazz drummer William Hooker will strap on mind-reading EEG headbands to record the electrical impulses coursing through their brains, making music with their minds as they make music for the crowd. As they perform, they’ll feed off neurofeedback, improvising to the beat of their neurons firing.
Rounding out the evening, ArtLab will explore the art and neuroscience of making brainwave music through moderated discussion and audience participation. What can we learn from listening to and playing with the music of the mind? What music does the brain make when it simply imagines making music?
The event is presented as part of Brain Awareness Week, featuring brain-themed events happening across New York City.