Before turning to composition, German composer Alexander Schubert had extensive training in neurobiology and computer sciences. This has influenced his musical work, which focuses heavily on the links between light, gesture and sound.
His piece Sensate Focus, for instance, in which musicians are momentarily lit up every time they make a sound, has its roots in a 1973 scientific experiment in which kittens were reared in an environment where the only source of light was a strobe pulsing every two seconds. The animals grew up unable to understand movement and, when their brains were dissected, their visual cortexes had significant differences from the norm.
Plus Minus Ensemble
11 September 2015, 5 pm Den Norske Opera & Ballett