Sounds of Science: Music, Technology, Medicine: Feature Event May 3rd 2016

Music and Science were almost synonymous 2000 years ago and the knowledge relationship has been reciprocal since then. This event will provide explanation and demonstration of how a scientific perspective on music and applications in technology are generating new insight into neurologic and clinical therapy, psychological perception and cognition processes, and the science of elite music performance. The “Sounds of Science” evening consists of: (1) a music science fair of interactive exhibits and demonstrations, and (2) five short onstage TED-talk type performances explaining and illustrating current research and application of music, medicine and technology. Dr. John Chong will demonstrate musculoskeletal imaging of a violinist, Linnea Thacker, who was the first Faculty of Music doctoral student to receive a CIHR Fellowship for her research into musculoskeletal disorders in violinists; Jeff Wolpert, head of the new Masters degree program in digital music technology, will demonstrate how music can be altered to enhance its effect on the brain and Dr. David Alter, cardiologist, will describe how this music can stimulate greater success in cardiac rehabilitation; Lee Bartel will explain the use of sound as means to stimulate rhythmic neural activity crucial in brain connectivity and will share results from a just released study showing dramatic effects with Alzheimer’s patients; Aaron Low, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Darryl Edwards, Professor of Voice, will use laryngeal scope imaging to explain the importance of vocal health in singers; Dr. Michael Thaut, Director of MaHRC, will explain and illustrate the dramatic rehabilitative effects of neurologic music therapy approaches he has developed and are now being accepted by main-stream medical practice world-wide. As part of the “Music Science Fair” from 4:30 – 5:30, there will be a performance of
“Harmonia” by Christos Hatzis with visual realization by Bruno Degazio. The President of the University, Dr. Meric Gertler, will welcome the attendees on this evening of research posters, interactive demonstrations of new technological sound devices for therapy, gaming applications, TED-talk type stage performances, and exciting music performances. The evening in the Faculty of Music building will end with an invitation-only VIP reception.

MacMillan Theatre, May 3 Music Science Fair 4:30–5:30.
Main stage performances: 5:30–7:00pm.