C) Back in the Western World (1989-1990)


C_ Public Brain Session

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"The Public Brain Session is more than just an externalised mind machine (...). People aren´t joylessly isolated here, and although the wealth of visual information and speed of flashing light is disorientating, it is a pleasant disorientation, heightened by the relentless rumble of theta-waves which, at 300 beats per minute, are around two-and-a-half times the tempo of current dance music." Simon Witter, The Sunday Times, September 26th 1993


On from October 1989 Station Rose had been working on the concept of brain stimulating soundwaves, using the medical discovery of alpha-, beta-, delta- and thetawaves on the surface of the brain. (...) During the live-performance of Public Brain Session sequencer-driven samples (...) are played back over the P.A., producing oscillations and frequencies (theta-waves, i.e. 4-7 Hz), which normally surface on the brain during dreaming, meditating and most other subconscious-driven brain activities. Videos, edited in the same frequency, together with manually controlled strobelights, are shown simultaneously. As visual and musical information is very minimalistic and abstract, the "audience" is invited to hear music and see a vision of his/her on, while being stimulated by theta-waves. (PR-text winter 1989)


Sequencer-operated short sound samples are sent in extremely fast successions (theta-waves, i.e. -7 Hz, approx. 300 bpm) over a powerful P.A., thus putting the audience in a trance-like state - but not attacking them, as the samples still sound mellow. Over big videoscreens we put visual samples out of Station Rose´s "Sprawl archives", edited in a very rapid way. A light system is programmed to send flashes together with sound and video.

As sound and video in Station Rose´s P.B.S.s are not trying to tell a pre-programmed story, the audience is invited to hear a "composition", to see a "film" of their own. (PR-text 1990)