Who wouldn't want to turn their body and skin into a musical instrument, or to generate a personal dance tune? How about sitting in an oscillating chair which allows you to experience physically the power of sound or to create your very own personal surround synthetic cinema?

These were just a few of the quirky activities on offer at Thursday's Biorhythm: Music and the Body event at the World Science Festival, in an exhibition created by Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin and running until August 6th.

Held at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, an unassuming building off 21st street, on first glance the packed exhibition looked like any other ordinary show, yet on closer inspection, visitors were suddenly propelled into an exploding sensory banquet of interactive displays and immersive demonstrations.


Eyebeam fellow Kaho Abe is leading an interesting class on physical controllers:


当然,作为联结科学与艺术的重要纽带,音乐永远是不可或缺的一部分。在Eyebeam艺术与科技中心的生物节律研讨会上,纽约拳击手切斯尼·斯诺及Stone Forest乐团的演出将本届科学界推向高潮,用神经学和心理学来阐释即兴创作的爵士音乐家帕特·麦瑟尼、泰勒明电子琴及声波床等搞怪发明亦吸引了不少眼球。


What is it that some music is a hit while other tunes make us cringe?

A new exhibit at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City tries to help us answer the question by looking at the science of music and biology. The free show, “Biorhythm: Music and the Body,” launched earlier this month and includes exhibits that let people interact with sound and participate in research on the human body’s response to music.

Below, a few of the exhibits:


Your perfect weekend: Friday
June 2, 2011

“BioRhythm: Music and the Body”
At this exhibition (part of the weekend-long World Science Festival), which opens tonight with a reception, audiophiles can learn about what makes a minor chord sad and how different genres of music trigger different emotions. Through a variety of interactive installations, cognitive scientists explain the process behind writing a perfect hit song and dissect how those catchy pop hooks implant themselves into our minds—sometimes for what feels like an eternity. Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, 540 W 21st St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-937-6580, worldsciencefestival.com). Fri 3 at 6pm; World Science Festival through Mon 6. Free.




Event Alert: “BIORHYTHM: Music and the Body,” Opens June 2 at Eyebeam Art + Tech Center

May 27, 2011 by David Weiss

The new exhibition, BIORHYTHM: MUSIC AND THE BODY, will open June 2 at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in Chelsea. At this, the world’s largest research experiment on music and emotion, you may get fresh insights on the music that you love, and help the scientific community gather valuable information at the same time.

Plug your brain into BIORYTHM in NYC, beginning June 2.

The good people from BIORYTHM explain it all thusly:


Here’s another one: “Data Visualization” - and you’ve gotta come up with something better than an overhead projector showing a pie chart.  

Today we try to understand these new ways of looking at the systems that govern our lives, health, finances, even our environmental impact.  

We’ll talk with participants in this past weekend’s Donaghue Foundation conference that addressed the importance of design in reshaping healthcare.  Advocates say these new strategies can empower patients to take control of their own health.  

And we’ll explore the fun side of statistics as we look at revolutionary new uses of data visualization to make a jumble of numbers accessible, even beautiful.  


’360frames times infinity’ is a photo booth installation built on top of the 3frames website, an ongoing Eyebeam supported project by Aaron Meyers. Also available is an iPhone app you can download here allowing you to create animated gifs on the go.

The installation shown at the Eyebeam’s MIXER event includes 8 ps3eyes webcams that surround an enclosure in 360 degrees, generating bullet time-style animated gifs that are uploaded to 3frames. The installation is also accompanying projected visualization created in Cinder which displays more than 1000 of the most recent uploads to 3frames as an infinitely scrolling starfield, updating in realtime to reveal the latest uploads as they happen. See video below.

3frames for iPhone uses asihttprequest by all-seeing interactive,animatedgif by stijn spijker, rcswitch by robert chin, and twitter-oauth-iphone by ben gottlieb.


At Blip Festival, the People are Almost as Cool as the Music

Leigh Alexander —At Blip Festival, the People are Almost as Cool as the MusicThe first thing I thought about this morning, as I opened my eyes, was that the cat trying to rouse me from my hung-over sleep sounded like a Game Boy.

The second thing is that I had a really, really good time at the opening show night of Blip Festival 2011 last night.

This year's Blip Festival was thrown at Eyebeam on New York City's West Side by a collective of chip musicians called 8bitpeoples, with help from NYC nonprofit The Tank.