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"Minsky Intro" (Movement 1): Near the beginning of the Brain Opera, this section introduces Marvin Minsky's ideas about music and the mind. Text taken from interviews with Minsky. Music is reworking of Bach's "6-part Ricercare" from the "Musical Offering," which serves as the backbone to Movement 1 and recurs in Movement 3 as well. During Brain Opera performances, Minsky text is selected, layered, mixed and transformed by using the "Sensor Chair" and "Gesture Wall" hyperinstruments.
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"Favorite Music" Collage (Movement 1): Using my transcription of the Bach "Ricercare" as base, fragments of music chosen by the audience are woven - part automatically, part by manipulating the "Digital Baton" hyperinstrument - into a sonic collage, combining stream-of-consciousness listening, musical continuity based on harmony and texture, and surprising hybrids (like Bach/Beethoven/Bob Dylan or Stravinsky/Ellington/Beatles).
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"Word Association Climax" to "Sonic Blitz" (Movement 1): Centered around voice recordings of audience members reacting to Minsky comments and playing a "word association" game, Movement 1 builds to a climax. As the "pseudo-Bach" reaches a C-Major cadence, audience singing voice recordings (from the interactive lobby "Singing Tree") are used to saturate the listening texture and bring the music to a point of calm concentration, featuring the voice of soprano Anne Azema.
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