Andrew McManus (PhD candidate, Department of Music) 
Tahra Eissa (PhD candidate, Department of Neurobiology)

NeuroSonics: Rhythmic Stimulation of Epileptic Cell Cultures explores a feedback loop between epileptic neurological processes and music with the objective to assess how rhythms affect pathological, neurological processes and neural plasticity, how the data from these processes might be translated back into musical sound, and what the musical results reveal about the original processes. The results of the experiment will provide a potential solution for the ongoing challenge of “humanizing” computer-generated sounds as well as provide insight on how a developing, epileptic neural network interacts with rhythmic stimulation.

2013-14