Mark Changizi, Johannes Goebel & David Rothenberg

Music—Language—Sound and Nature

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

An evening of thoughtful exchange on how music, speech, language, birds, and whale songs interrelate, including three short lectures followed by a lively dialogue between participating speakers and audience. This discussion brings together the diverse fields of music, acoustics, evolutionary neurobiology, and naturalist philosophy.

For an hour leading up to the talk, David Rothenberg will perform in Evelyn's Café.

Johannes Goebel

Mark Changizi joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007, and is an assistant professor in the Cognitive Science Department. He holds a degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Virginia and a PhD in mathematics from the University of Maryland. In 2002, he won a prestigious Sloan-Swartz Fellowship in theoretical neurobiology at the California Institute of Technology. Changizi is the author of The Brain from 25,000 Feet: High Level Explorations of Brain Complexity, Perception, Induction and Vagueness, The Vision Revolution: How the Latest Research Overturns Everything We Thought We Knew About Human Vision, and a forthcoming book, Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man.

EMPAC's founding director, Johannes Goebel, joined Rensselaer in 2002. From 1990 to 2002, he served as founding director of the Institute for Music and Acoustics at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. Goebel has studied both traditional and non-traditional music and began working with computers in music in 1977 at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustic (CCRMA) at Stanford University. Papers and lectures on computers, music and aesthetics, which he delivered from 1978 and up to 2002 internationally, were published by Schott Music Publications, Germany.

New Jersey Institute of Technology professor of philosophy and music, David Rothenberg, is the author of Why Birds Sing, which was turned into a feature length TV documentary by the BBC in 2006. He has also written Sudden Music, Blue Cliff Record, Hand's End, and Always the Mountains. His latest book, Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales, is being developed into a feature documentary for Canal+ in France. Rothenberg currently is collaborating with researchers from CUNY, NYU, and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology on the quantification of the musicality of nightingale songs. His next book Beauty Secret: On Art in Evolution will be published in 2011.

Mark Changizi, Johannes Goebel & David Rothenberg
Studio 2
November 3, 2010, 7PM

EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA