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Brain Awareness Week - Music of the Brain

Sunday 15 March 2015 9:29am

Neuroscience student Thomas Elston and Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall
Brain Health Research Centre PhD student Thomas Elston (left) and University of Otago Mozart fellow Jeremy Mayall prepare for a performance of Music for the Brain Photo: Otago Daily Times

The Sunday afternoon world premiere of Musica in Cerebro was a mind-bender. The audience at the Brain Awareness Week concert listened to music inspired by the brain, and using the sounds of brain waves, while watching the brain waves of neuroscience PhD student Thomas Elston as he listened with them and responded to the music.

The Brain Health Research Centre approached Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall last year, to see if he would be interested in composing music for Brain Awareness Week. Mr Mayall worked with BHRC director Professor David Bilkey to discover more about the brain's electrical activity, and they converted brain waves into a form that could be heard. Mr Mayall then used those sounds as inspiration for his composition.

You can watch the ONE News coverage


and read about it in the Otago Daily Times