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Season 2019-2020.


Nicolas Farrugia


  June 2019

June 20th, Convergence Sci-Art Art-Sci Conferences.

Nicolas Farrugia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor IMT Atlantique, Electronics Department.

Featuring Christophe Rocher, Thierry Amar, and Craig Pederson.

Nicolas Farrugia

BrainSongs: A live experiment on music improvisation

Videography & Edition: Cristian Zaelzer.

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The Convergence initiative is happy to invite you to our next conference/performance where Associate Professor Nicolas Farrugia will guide a live experiment where Christophe Rocher (attached to a portable EEG) will be playing the clarinet in free jazz improvisation with Thierry Amar, double bass and Craig Pedersen.


Brain Songs intends to question the subjectivity and neural states of musical improvisation by performing a live experiment. This event will begin with free improvisation (Thierry Amar, double bass, Craig Pedersen, trumpet and Christophe Rocher, Clarinets), during which the brain activity of an improviser will be recorded, as well as the sound. The researchers will then proceed to a re-listening phase, during which the improviser will perform a retrospective rating of the states involved in his improvisation. Finally, the audience will be invited to discuss with musicians and scientists the musical, cognitive, sonic and neuroscientific aspects involved in the experiment. Also, first insights from previous performances of this project will be presented.


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Cost: FREE!

Date: Thursday, June 20th, 5:30 pm

Place: Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI)- The Neuro.




The Convergence Sci-Art/Art-Sci Conferences is a series focussed on the crossover of disciplines with science, especially arts and communication. The talks cover subjects like the influence of media on modern science, the public perception of the scientific method, neuroscience popular misconceptions, neuroscience and technology in the medical practice, or science immersed artistic practice.


Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience is an independent nonprofit initiative developed in partnership with the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program of the RI-MUHC and Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts. It is supported by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, The Integrated Program in Neuroscience of McGill University, Visual Voice Gallery, and the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.

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