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

  • Thursday 15 June 2017, 7.00PM to 7.45pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

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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