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Brain electricity writing

Posted in cyborg, technology by electricdream on November 16, 2007

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Human brainwaves were first measured in 1924 by Hans Berger, at the time an unknown German psychiatrist. He termed these electrical measurements the “electroencephalogram” (EEG), which literally means “brain electricity writing”.
Berger published his brainwave results in 1929 as Über das Elektrenkephalogramm des Menschen (“On the Electroencephalogram of Man”). The English translation did not appear until 1969.

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Music for Solo Performer

Posted in context by electricdream on November 16, 2007

 

Alvin Lucier had begun working with physicist Edmond Dewan in 1964, performing experiments that used brainwaves to create sound. The next year, he was inspired to compose a piece of music using brainwaves as the sole generative source.
Music for Solo Performer was presented, with encouragement from John Cage, at the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in 1965.

Lucier wrote: “I realized the value of the EEG situation as a theater element … I was also touched by the image of the immobile if not paralyzed human being who, by merely changing states of visual attention, can activate … a large battery of percussion instruments including cymbals, gongs, bass drums, timpani, and other …”

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