The Brain in Performance Ben Eyes, Mohammed Mohanna and Beau Stocker

Come along and explore our connections with nature, outer space and the brain through an immersive audio-visual experience. The collaborative project, presented by Beau Stocker, Ben Eyes and Mohammed Mohanna, all postgraduate students at the University of York, will include live experimental electronic/acoustic music and immersive full-wall video projections in the 3Sixty room.

As the performers respond musically to the visual stimuli, head mounted biosensors monitoring their brain waves will create further audio responses in real time in order to explore how the brain can be used as ‘another limb’ in live music performance.

About the performers

Beau Stocker and Ben Eyes are postgraduate students with the University of York’s Department of Music, while Mohammed Mohanna is a postgraduate student with the University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Beau (Project Manager)  is a professional drum set percussionist and educator of 25 years and has performed and taught in his home country of Canada, the UK, and various countries in Europe and East Africa. He has studied and performed numerous styles of music including improvised music, Javanese Gamelan, jazz, blues, rock/pop, Cuban, Brazilian and Sudanese music.

Ben (Collaborator) is a composer and sound artist. His work is typified by large, complex textures and sound collages using field recordings, heavily treated guitars, acoustic instruments and vintage analogue synthesisers.

Mohammed (Collaborator) is a technologist. He worked as a lecturer for five years teaching film production. His previous studies in computer science and multimedia arts inspired him to focus his career on exploring game designs to help children to understand computing and electronics in a concrete way. His projects included creating multimedia installations to use analog sensors and the human brain as generative instruments to create audiovisual experiences.

 

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A Door To The Past

University of York students Beau Stocker (PhD Music), Katie Campbell (MSc Digital Heritage) and Ben Eyes (MA Music Technology) combine their work of improvised music, live electronics and 3D visual modelling to present an improvised music performance that explores concepts surrounding the Recusant period in York. The acoustic characteristics of each key historical space are captured through the use of acoustic impulse responses. Each piece of music is then informed by, and will reflect, the sound footprint of that particular space. Alongside this technology, Katie’s work with photography and 3D modelling will offer a visual representation of the relevant historic events that took place in each location. The free performance on Friday 20th November will take place in King’s Manor, a building which plays a role in the story.