October, 2016

Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), Stockholm, Sweden


We were very fortunate to present our project at Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm. Since 1964, EMS is the center for Swedish electroacoustic music and sound-art, and an acclaimed international destination for electronic music composers and artists that use their recording studios, amazing vintage analogue synthesizers and wonderful library. We are very grateful to EMS for hosting us, and for the enthusiastic and inspiring crowd that attended the event.

Stephen started with a presentation of the history of electroencephalography (EEG) and its first sonification in art, starting with Alvin Lucier, Richard Teitelbaum and David Rosenboom in the mid sixties and early seventies. We then went through the early discoveries by Neil Miller and Leo V. DiCara of the ability to control (previously considered) involuntary biological functions, followed by an update on contemporary neuroscience. We then presented the EEGsynth project - it's development and technical design considerations, continuing with a discussing of the artistic considerations behind several of our previous performances. We ended the presentation by looking towards the future of 1+1=3 and the EEGsynth, taking Iannis Xenakis and David Roosenboom as an inspiration.

After a break we continuous with a demonstration of the EEGsynth: We measured muscle activity from a volunteer, and demonstrated how this signal was processed by the EEGsynth to generate a real-time control-voltages (CV). Jean-Louis then walked the audience through his use of these control signals in a series of increasingly complex patches on his synthesizer. The event left us all inspired and energized, with new ideas and exciting new collaborations in the making.