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A non-fiction-science-fiction film examining one philosopher's theory that consciousness operates within a musical structure.
A non-fiction-science-fiction film examining one philosopher's theory that consciousness operates within a musical structure.
181 backers pledged $16,115 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Tax-Deductible Donation: 

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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    FRENCH CUTS FROM ELISA'S HEART TO YOURS! MOTH director Elisa Da Prato will send you a personal email thank you along with a rare French cut (MP3) from her personal record collection of 1960's French Pop.. the only thing that get's her through the night, from her heart to yours. You'll get it on Valentine's Day and everything.

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    BRAIN MUSIC! An mP3 track of original brain music composed by our favorite neuro-philosopher, Dan Lloyd. You will be able to play someone's brain at your next dinner party, or even on the subway, or perhaps in your truck driving on country roads!

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    BRAIN MOVIE! A downloadable version of the completed film, MUSIC OF THE HEMISPHERES, which will be even more mind blowing than the postcard! Plus BRAIN MUSIC as listed above.

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    ISSUE PROJECT ROOM! Thanks to our amazing partners at ISSUE Project Room, we are thrilled to offer a year membership to this pioneering art and performance center in Brooklyn. This is the director's favorite music space in New York, so if you are dying to become friends with her, this would be a good place to start. Plus BRAIN MOVIE & BRAIN MUSIC as listed above.

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    MONOTONIX!!! Israeli garage rock heroes Monotonix have generously donated a handful of records to the drive! This reward level receives a signed copy of your choice of one:
    "Never Died Before" 7-inch [2011, Drag City]
    "Where Were You When It Happened" full length LP ( [2010, Drag City]
    "Where Were You When It Happened" CD [2010, Drag City]
    + A personal thank you note from guitarist Yonatan Gat who is a big fan of MOTH. This package also includes the one-year membership to ISSUE Project Room as well as downloadable copy of the film upon its completion. Plus we'll throw in the Valentine's Day French Pop thank you note!

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    BRAIN CD! An autographed CD of Dan LLoyd's Brain Music with liner notes and original cover art. And if that doesn't stimulate your basal ganglia, the director will also make you a french pop mix tape. Plus membership to ISSUE Project Room & BRAIN MOVIE as listed above.

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    ELASTIC CITY WALKS! Todd Shalom of Elastic City: elastic-city.com : has generously donated 2 spots on a regularly priced Elastic City walk! Elastic City walks are a unique and beautiful way to explore and exchange with New York City. Different artists are commissioned to create different walks all over New York City. This is a wonderful gift or date for anyone! PLUS one-year membership to ISSUE Project Room + downloadable copy of the film upon its completion + brain music MP3.

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    BRAIN RECORD! A limited edition double LP to be released in 2012, platter 1: original Dan Lloyd Brain renderings, platter 2: original tracks by various artists, composers, ensembles and bands inspired by brain data. And we will give you credit in the film as "brain donor" . Plus membership to ISSUE Project Room, BRAIN MOVIE & BRAIN CD as listed above.

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    BRAIN DINNER! A home-cooked Italian meal with director Elisa Da Prato and neuro-philosopher Dan Lloyd. The food will be delicious and you will get a chance to discuss, argue, and pontificate about whether or not your brain is music. All of this set to tastefully selected soundtrack of brain music and french pop. And credit in the film as "brain donor". Plus membership to ISSUE Project Room, BRAIN MOVIE & BRAIN CD as listed above.

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    PRIVATE BRAINWAVE SHOW! Zach Layton has graciously donated to the project to perform live for four donors. He will play a small show for you + family and friends and will even make your brain a part of it. Zach performs duets with his brainwave feedback using EEG, and should you select this reward he will put the device on YOUR head and play along with your own unique brainwave signal. + a recording documenting this unique experience. http://vimeo.com/35232686
    Plus membership to ISSUE Project Room and Brain Movie listed above.

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    VIDEO PORTRAIT! As a lover of music and the study of consciousness, director Elisa Da Prato is of course a lover of faces. As an ongoing project she creates hyper-real video portraiture: one face + one song. See Silvia with Schubert (http://vimeo.com/23228388), or Jason with Edith Piaf (http://vimeo.com/17814194). Each piece is a joyful and tender examination of the nuance of gesture, and the mind-map of face. They are of course photographed by the phenomenal James Fideler and if you select this reward, Elisa & James will take your portrait. They are incredibly personal, odd, and beautiful; just like you. You will get to keep it forever and so will your grand kids. Plus credit in the film as "major brain donor", membership to ISSUE Project Room, BRAIN MOVIE & BRAIN CD as listed above.

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    BRAIN SCAN! A once in a lifetime opportunity to have an fMRI scan which will then be converted to music by neuro-philosopher Dan Lloyd, and then featured in the film MUSIC OF THE HEMISPHERES along with your own video portrait. In case you do not understand, WE WILL TURN YOUR BRAIN INTO MUSIC AND THEN PUT IT IN THE MOVIE, along with your pretty face. Plus credit in the film as "major brain donor".

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    BRAIN EXPLOSION! This is what our brains will do if you donate this much. Plus we will give everything above as well, ALL OF IT, and a key lime pie.

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