David Rosenboom's legendary Brainwave Music, originally released on A.R.C. Records in 1975. This is an expanded double-LP edition with over 40 minutes of additional contemporaneous material. Pioneer of live electronics, innovator in music education, collaborator with artists as diverse as Jon Hassell, Jacqueline Humbert, Terry Riley, and Anthony Braxton, Rosenboom is renowned for his ground-breaking experiments with the use of brain biofeedback to control live electronic systems. Each of the three pieces that make up the original Brainwave Music LP integrates biofeedback with musical technology in different ways. In the side-long "Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones", four performers have electrodes and monitoring devices attached to their bodies to receive information about brainwaves, temperature, and galvanic skin response. This information is analyzed and fed into a complex set of frequency dividers and filters, manned by Rosenboom, but essentially played by each of the performers through their psychophysiological responses.
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David Rosenboom (b. 1947) is a composer, performer, interdisciplinary artist, author, and educator known as a pioneer in American experimental music. His work explores ideas about the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, multi-disciplinary composition and performance, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and literature, interactive multi-media and new instrument technologies, generative algorithmic systems, art-science research and philosophy, and extended musical interface with the human nervous system. He holds the Richard Seaver Distinguished Chair in Music at California Institute of the Arts, where he has been Dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music since 1990. Recent work highlights include: fifty-year retrospective performances at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); exhibition of brainwave music at Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2015-2016); exhibition of computer music software innovations at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015-2016); retrospective of piano music at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall (2016); premiere of Nothingness is Unstable at ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn (2017); electronic music featured by inaGRM at Le Centquatre-Paris (2018); and composer-pianist portrait at Center for Experiments at Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires (2018). Following his Whitney retrospective, Rosenboom was lauded in The New York Times as an “avatar of experimental music.” Rosenboom is a Yamaha Artist.