Thinking Sounds is an interactive composition for pre-recorded brainwaves, live brainwaves of an audience member, computer and eight musicians. The SF Sound Ensemble premiered Thinking Sounds at Yerba Buena Gardens with additional performances at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. Versions of this piece have also been performed at “Beyond Music,” an electronic music series at the Schindler House in Santa Monica, CA.
Thinking Sounds, employs various musical and interpretive strategies to translate the data of brain wave activity into sound. These include:
The SF Sound Ensemble members are: Matt Ingalls, clarinet; Hugh Livingston, cello; Tom Swafford, violin; David Birthelle, trumpet; John Shiurba, guitar; John Ingalls, saxophone; and Rakesh Khanna, percussion.
Thinking Sounds is dedicated to David Rosenboom in recognition of his tremendous, intrepid research and creative work in brain wave activity.