Secret Garden Party, Friday July 23: Music & The Mind
July 22, 2010 by Zoe
Music: a trick of the mind and the ultimate reason festivals happen at all.
11am Rhythm & The Brain, Jessica Grahn, University of Cambridge
Learn how regular beats are rooted in biology and why babies can pick up any rhythm. Make friends and discover how music is sonic social bonding.
12pm Why Beckham Chose The 23 Shirt, Marcus du Sautoy
Join mathematician, acclaimed author and Arsenal fan Professor Marcus du Sautoy on an exploration of the number 23 and why prime numbers rule supreme.
1pm Anthem for the Secret Garden Party, Gianna Cassidy, Glasgow Caledonian University & Robert Thomas of RJDJ
Music psychologist Gianna and music producer Robert invite you to create a festival anthem exploring how we experience music through technology, using nifty new soundsamples and apps they have developed for the iPad.
2pm The Synaesthesia game, Coney & Guerilla Science
The Professor needs your help! After making a musical brain that mixes the senses, he needs to feed it with visual stimuli hidden around the Secret Garden. Transform colour into sound and learn through play with Guerilla Science and agency of adventure Coney.
3pm Be Afraid, Dean Mobbs, University of Cambridge & Tim Maynard
Conquer your fears with neuroscientist Dean and insect and reptile specialist Tim. Volunteer for live experiments involving Mexican red-kneed tarantulas, snakes, scorpions and more.
4pm Waking The Dead? Adrian Owen, University of Cambridge
Are people in vegetative states really unconscious? Neuroscientist Adrian made history when he showed that sometimes people in comas are able to communicate. Fascinating, illuminating, and terrifying.
5pm History of Hypnosis, Darius Ziatabari
Discover the secrets of mind control, how Freud discovered the placebo effect and how mind can overcome matter with magician Darius. Witness live demonstrations of hypnosis and mind-reading.
And out and about…
10am The Miniature Zoo, Tim Maynard of the Living Classroom
Snakes. Tarantulas. Chameleons. Scorpions. Stick insects. Oh yes.
11am-1pm Kitchen Science, Nikolai & Pete
Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and discover the extraordinary in the ordinary.
1pm Photography In Five Dimensions, Anab Jain & Jon Ardern of Superflux
If parallel universes exist, what would they look like? Design collective Superflux explore the possibilities.
2pm Rosie the Organ Grinder With Physics Maestro Steve Mould
Discover the secrets of sound with a hand-made street organ.
4pm Jelly Brain Dissection, Zarineh Agnew, University College London
Get to grips with the most complex thing in the known universe: jelly, set in the shape of your marvellous cerebrum. Neuroscientist Zarinah Agnew will be on hand to help you dissect, discuss and digest your mind.