Music Technology MeetUp

Published on July 26th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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How Music Affects our Brain: a One-of-a-Kind Interactive Event!

Calling all Music Technology geeks! My next Music Technology event is a must for anyone who has ever wondered what happens to our brains while we listen to music. Attendees will be active participants in McMaster University LIVELab’s one-of-a-kind interactive music performance at world’s only combination research lab and performance hall.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity (free for all who RSVP at my Music Technology website)!

The showcase will include live demonstrations of LIVELab systems for measuring brain waves (EEG), heart rate, breathing rates, and skin conductance (GSR) in volunteer audience members and performers. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a full-audience motion capture by wearing a simple, lightweight cap during a musical performance.

The LIVELab Concert Series harnesses technologies such as motion capture, virtual acoustics, and real-time physiological measurements to stage interactive, unique performances that simply could not be achieved at any other venue in the world. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the LIVELab facility in what is sure to be one of the most interesting Music Technology events to date!

As always, the event is 100% free to attend (but you will need to RSVP)! And like all our previous events, we will offer free drinks, snacks, and pizza (you can’t network on an empty stomach, right?).

See you there!

The Agenda:

When: Saturday, August 25

3:00-3:30pm Time for mingling/networking
3:30-4:20pm LIVELab Showcase, presented by Dr. Dan Bosnyak, Technical Director at the LIVELab featuring a performance by pianist Adrean Farrugia.
4:20-4:30pm “Hamilton: City of Music” presented by the Hamilton Music Advisory Team.
4:30-5:30pm Time for mingling/networking

Address: McMaster University LIVELab
PC202A, 2nd Floor, Psychology Building
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

More about the LIVELab Theatre: The lab is built to NC10 standards, meaning there is a background noise level of only 10dB (thousands of times quieter than a typical classroom) and low reverberation time. This is accomplished via unique architectural designs, including room-within-room construction, floating floor, concrete outer ceiling, custom noiseless HVAC system, and acoustic panels. With this blank slate, LiveLab can use their Meyer Sound Active Acoustic System to digitally recreate any type of environment, such as a from a cathedral, to concert hall, to classroom to anechoic chamber.

If you have any questions, please email Nathalia Ribeiro at nathalia@musictechnology.ca




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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