Biosensing & Music

21 October 2012, 14:00 - 17:00


In 1965, Alvin Lucier first performed "Music For Solo Performer", a piece in which brainwave-detecting sensors were interfaced with musical instruments. Lucier performed this work by entraining his brainwave activity, externalizing the internal frequencies of his brain via sensing technology. Since then, many musicians and artists have used medical devices in performances and interactive art projects. This talk will provide a history of these projects, and will be followed by a workshop that will instruct participants how to construct their own biomonitoring sensors, such as a heart rate sensor. 

Craig Fahner is a new media artist originally from Calgary. After joining a band as a theremin player, Fahner became interested in creating interactive artworks using electronic instruments. His experiments with theremins culminated in Open Field, a collaborative artwork that has been exhibited at such venues as the Atomic Testing Museum in Nevada and the Re:Flux festival in Moncton. Other projects, which rethink the ways that technologies and musical instruments are experienced, have been exhibited in various venues across the United States and Canada. Fahner continued working in electronic media at Concordia University in Montreal, where he earned his BFA in 2010. Currently he is working towards his MFA at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


21 October 2012, 14:00 - 17:00