Wed, Apr 03 | Brooklyn College

World Premier of "Seized"

My latest composition, premiering as part of the Brooklyn College Electroacoustic Music Festival, at the Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts. http://events.brooklyn.cuny.edu/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo;jsessionid=4660540D2DE697BFFD9823CAC8CB0B6F
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World Premier of "Seized"

Time & Location

Apr 03, 2019, 7:00 PM
Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210, USA

About the Event

Notes about my composition:

I have lived with epilepsy for over twenty years. My seizures cause painful headaches and nausea, but also create hallucinations and adrenaline rushes similar to the effects of psilocybin. Seizure activity causes brainwaves to oscillate over a wide frequency range, rather than a narrow frequency range, and I recently heard the sounds of a neurological "stethoscope" that modulates brainwaves during seizure activity to make them audible. I immediately identified with these sounds. The complicated seizure frequency patterns sounded musical, and they are the same frequency patterns that occur in my brain when I hallucinate. I decided to compose a soundscape that uses clear musical ideas to represent the most intense visual moments of my seizures, and simpler frequencies to represent my brainwaves in a more calm state. This piece is an audio tour of my brain having a cluster of seizures.

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