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March 4, 2004

Art and the Brain in Action - Neural Audio and More

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Take some time to visit these incredible artists I've come across while exploring how art drives cultural change for my forthcoming book -- Neurosociety: How Brain Science Will Shape the Future of Business, Politics and Culture. (see Cubism, Camouflage and Cultural Change). Clearly, humanity's neurofuture is looking to be quite extraordinary.

Brain Wave Chick, Paras Kaul, has created a new art form called neural audio. By strapping an electrode-studded band to her head, Brainwave Chick, as she is known, guides her music by moving between different states of mind. For the audience, the music is a blend of nontraditional, at times discordant, sound. Listen to neural audio.

Art Blogger, has added a new feature to his site called "redesign" where the banner on the home page randomly regenerates a spectrum of colorful squares each time the page is reloaded. (Check it out). This is something every dance club should have. Also, this is the best blog title I've ever seen "the cult of speed and surface." I also highly recommended Arts Feed for a comprehensive global social network of the world's art as well as Art Forum.

Pink and Sting have nailed it in two of their recent songs: Pink: "God is a DJ, life is the dance floor, love is rhythm, and you are the music." (electro headz remix) Sting:: "Send your love, send your love into the future, send your previous love to some distant time. There is no religion but the joys of rhythm, there is nothing sacred by the joys of trance. Send your love. (Dave Aude vocal remix)

While neuroesthetics is still an emerging discipline, it is being accelerated by places like the Neuroscience Institute's research facility that focuses on music and the brain is accelerating our understanding of the neural basis of artistic creativity and achievement. Just as information technology has made all these art forms (brain wave synthesizers, digital banners and electronica) listed possible, neurotechnology will surely play an important role in the ever evolving world of art, architecture and entertainment.

What does a Van Gogh sound like anyway?

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1. projecttrinity on March 5, 2004 9:44 AM writes...

Zack,

excellent links! i like the idea of making music using various brain states. the gaming industry is not far behind:
Journey To Wild Divine -
http://coolmel.typepad.com/project_trinity/2004/02/journey_to_wild.html

since we're on the subject of art allow me to add some more:
Integral Naked Avant Garde-
http://coolmel.typepad.com/project_trinity/2004/02/naked_avant_gar.html

thanks again.

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2. Avi Solomon on March 7, 2004 4:56 AM writes...

I prefer the music of the heart:)
Cardiac Rythm Music

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