Neuroscientist and composer Cliff Kerr explores what happens when performers become composers, by translating their brain activity in real time into musical scores.
This world premiere includes pieces that make use of recent advances in non-invasive EEG hardware and time series analysis methods to extract information from the brain. The programme features the shared consciousness represented in Lutosławski’s masterminding of the aleatoric process, Ruth Crawford Seeger’s trailblazing use of textures in her highly original 1931 string quartet where the whole is greater than the sum of individual parts, and Feshareki's slowly cumulative exploration of open strings and harmonics.
Steve Reich – Pendulum Music
Ruth Crawford Seeger – String Quartet
Cliff Kerr – Gödel, Escher, Bach for string quartet and EEGs
Witold Lutoslawski – String Quartet
The Ligeti Quartet