WBEZ | cello brainwave performance cellist http://www.wbez.org/tags/cello-brainwave-performance-cellist Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Duet for cello and ... brain? http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/duet-cello-and-brain-104813 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Untitled_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Katinka Kleijn is used to playing with a stage full of musicians.</p><p>At the Chicago Cultural Center this weekend, she&rsquo;ll see what it&rsquo;s like to perform a duet with her own brain.</p><p>While performing, Kleijn will wear an EPOC Neuroheadset. This device, commonly used by gamers, has 14 sensors which attach to the scalp and detect electric signals sent by the brain.</p><p>During the performance, a computer screen will show Kleijn a series of words such as &ldquo;violence&rdquo; or &ldquo;passion.&rdquo; Her task is to think of the word, and then interpret the feeling it brings on her cello.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>While Kleijn plays, she&#39;ll use her brainpower to manipulate a soundtrack &ndash; a recording of the sound of her and the composers&#39; brainwaves&nbsp;&ndash; and&nbsp;speed it up, slow it down or change it in emotional tenor. That will be her accompaniment. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Basically, the piece is at the mercy of Kleijn&rsquo;s own brain.</p><p>&ldquo;I actually don&rsquo;t know exactly what&rsquo;s going to happen, so it&rsquo;s a little bit of an experiment,&rdquo; Kleijn said.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s something I think that&rsquo;s good to go to with an open mind, and nobody will know really what it&rsquo;s going to be like until it has happened.&rdquo;</p><p>Composers Daniel Dehaan and Ryan Ingebritson collaborated with Kleijn to create the piece.</p><p>Dehaan says he hopes the audience will walk away with a new perspective on what goes on inside musicians&#39; heads while they&#39;re playing.</p><p>&quot;It really is a full-body experience when a performer is truly performing,&quot; Dehaan said.</p><p>The free performance is called <em>Intelligence in the Human-Machine</em>. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.</p></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/duet-cello-and-brain-104813