α, β, γ, δ, θ, μ (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Theta, Mu)

Part of Barbican Weekender: Brain Waves

2 - 3 March 2013 / 11:00
Stalls Floor Foyer


Tickets:
Free, drop-in



Visit the Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain

Sat & Sun 11am-6pm.

Whether we are thinking, working, moving or sleeping, our brains are incessantly active, with trains of electrical pulses sweeping across our neurons in rhythmic waves. By measuring these electrical patterns, neuroscientists have begun to associate each kind of brainwave with certain kinds of activity; alpha waves, for example, occur more intensely in a state of relaxation.

α, β, γ, δ, θ, μ is a musical composition that explores the rhythms and properties of neural activity, following the same patterns observed in physical brainwaves. Just as your thoughts and feelings emerge from the collective effects of countless electrical impulses in your brain, this composition emerges from countless musical elements - each one played by a visitor to the piece on their smartphone.


Equipment for α, β, γ, δ, θ, μ ((Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Theta, Mu) is generously provided by Bowers & Wilkins




Performers:
James Bulley & Daniel Jones



Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain
2 Mar-10 Apr
A season to light up the mind, in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.







 

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