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Performing Embodiment: Negotiating the Body in the Electroencephalographic Music of David Rosenboom

Abstract Beneath the epidermis, the human body contains a vibrant and complex ecology of interwoven rhythms such the heartbeat, the breath, the division of cells, and complex brain activity. By repurposing emergent medical technology into real-time gestural sound controllers of electronic musical instruments, experimental musicians in the 1960s and 1970s – including David Rosenboom – began to realize the expressive potential of these biological sounds. Composers experimented with breath and heartbeat. They also used electroencephalography (EEG) sensors, which register various types of brain waves. Instead of using the sound of brain waves in fixed-media pieces, many composers took diverse approaches to the challenge of presenting this in live perfor... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Johnson, Garrett Laroy (Author) / Xin Wei, Sha (Advisor) / Ingalls, Todd (Committee member) / Suzuki, Kotoka (Committee member) / Tobias, Evan (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / biofeedback / electroencephalography / embodiment / gestural sound control / technofantasy
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 128 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Music 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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