This is your brain on music: Neurologists, composers and tech-geeks at the University of Washington’s DXARTS program study music and the mind — including the encephalophone, a new instrument you can play without moving a muscle.
Neurologist and musician Thomas Deuel, wearing a wired-up electrode cap, is working at the UW to research brain activity in musicians and is further developing the encephalophone for people with limited motor ability so they can play by thinking. There’s a patent pending on the process. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)
In April of 2016, Seattle choir director and fifth-grade teacher Margaret Haney checked into the emergency room with an unusual problem — suddenly, she couldn’t sing.
Haney had been in the classroom, trying to lead her students through George Gershwin’s “Summertime” when, as she put it, “I failed miserably, like I never have … my students were giving me some funny looks.” She skipped on to “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” but said she “couldn’t find the notes to save my life — and it’s a song I’ve been singing since I was 4 years old.” Full story.
Brendan Kiley (The Seattle Times) / March 23, 2017
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