Anything that you send us that is spoken or text-oriented will be
considered for inclusion in Movement I of each performance; anything musical or sound-texture oriented will be
considered for Movement III. We truly
want to both receive as much audio from
you as possible (although each file must be shorter than 10 seconds),
and to include as much of it in the Brain Opera as we possibly can.
Your submissions will be listened to by both machine and human
ears, to decide where it might fit best.
We are most interested in receiving composed or collaged sounds
that you feel represent you, your tastes in music, your thoughts
about listening, and your impressions of what goes on inside your
own mind - right now and through memory.
And think: This part of the Brain Opera is one place where you - the
Internet audience - have a real advantage over the public at our live
performances, where answers must come quickly and thoughts will
be more reflex than reflective. You can take as much time as you
need - hours, days, or weeks - to imagine just the kind of sound that
you want to send us, distill it to a perfect 10 seconds or less, and
then have us listen to it carefully in order to find just the right place
for it in our musical tapestry. Please take advantage of this
We don't want to limit your imaginations in any way, but suggest
that you might want to think about the following questions that we
have all asked ourselves in putting the Brain Opera together.
Perhaps these will inspire you to pick up a microphone, wire up that
tape deck, download some editing software, and let your musical
thoughts speak and sing directly to us!
- What is music?
- What is your favorite music?
- Why do we like music anyway?
- Is "sound" music?
- What sounds can you remember? Do sounds help you remember?
- How does music make you feel? Why does music make you feel at all?
- Feeling the music / thinking about music: Same or not?
- How does time pass as we listen?
- Do you do the listening; where is this "you"?
- Does music:
free your mind
lead your mind
numb your mind
wake up your mind
change your mind
- Is your mind like:
a drum solo
a subway car
- What can you hear -- right now -- inside your head? Can you send us that sound, instead of just describing it?