A non-fiction-science-fiction film examining one philosopher's theory that consciousness operates within a musical structure.
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About the film:
"Inside each of us, at every moment, a symphony plays. It’s the symphony of consciousness, but at the same time it’s the symphony of the brain. It plays on millions of instruments over millions of channels." - philosopher Dan Lloyd
Part diagram and part portrait, part love story and part instruction manual – Music of the Hemispheres is a feature-length, non-fiction film examining philosopher Dan Lloyd's Music of Thought Hypothesis. Lloyd's research takes patterns found in brain activity and converts them into musical score. These scores are not biofeedback or music cognition experiments, but rather extracting the ‘architecture of consciousness,’ as it occurs in the brain, and assigning its varying components musical tones. The results are musical scores meant to reflect brain activity itself.
"Is brain activity more like music than it is like language? Is it more music than noise? Are its musical properties different in different states of mind, and are they different for healthy brains in contrast with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses? Increasingly, it seems the answers to these questions is Yes." - Dan Lloyd
Through this, Lloyd is working toward developing a new theory of mind; that consciousness operates within a musical structure.
The “music” generated through Lloyd’s work seems oddly familiar, and is surprisingly harmonious and musical. Now, should this theory be proven, the philosophical implications are both joyous and endless. The idea that we are, in fact, music.
Music of the Hemispheres will investigate modes of data visualization, music composition, performance, and audition; their respective systems will be cracked open and compared to the examination of brain mechanics and the architecture of mind.
The film will be instructional entertainment, hearkening back to the wild science films and shows that blew our minds open as kids: Carl Sagan's Cosmos, 3-2-1 Contact, Mr. Wizard. Director Elisa Da Prato aims to bring music to life through visual allegories, instructional segments, musical sequences, and of course interviews with leading, cutting-edge thinkers in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of mind, music theory, and music composition.
"When I first came across Lloyd's work, it blew my heart right open -- it fully expressed the elegance and joy of the beauty of the material universe, from which human consciousness emerges and then channels back into music. I see this project as the ultimate love-letter to the massive network of conduits that has carried me through my life; music." - Director Elisa Da Prato
MOTH is both film and experiment, pairing artists with scientists, commissioning new musical works, documenting emerging breakthroughs in Music Cognition and Theory - offering it up to you in the form of a visual autopsy of the harmony within, and the colossal choir that is humankind. To learn more about the film, visit the website : www.musicofthehemispheres.com
On November 29, 2011 we had a spectacular, multi-media interdisciplinary event featuring the musical results of an exciting new experiment + performances by composer Aaron Einbond + Ensemble Yarn/Wire. Read about the event HERE.
Here is the short film which opened the evening to a sold-out crowd:
Here is a lovely short piece of the visualizations + sonifications presented with audience eyes' ablaze and a few thoughts from Dan Lloyd:
And here's a snippet of Zach Layton performing with biofeedback + electric guitar:
How the money will be spent:
Music of the Hemispheres is a very ambitious film tackling complex and beautiful ideas. The money raised here will allow us to continue to create this film at the highest production level possible and will bring us into phase II of our production: creative interviews with leaders from the fields of neuroscience, philosophy and music, as well as narrative scenes that help illuminate and investigate Dan Lloyd's theory.
We are very fortunate to have the support of the ISSUE Project Room, a pioneering center for experimental arts in Brooklyn, NY. Through their organization, all of your donations to Music of the Hemispheres are tax-deductible, excluding the actual cost of the rewards that you receive.
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