In the mid-1960s, Alvin Lucier composed two works utilizing what he called the natural electromagnetic sounds of brainwaves and natural radio, the former being Music for Solo Performer (1965). Background is given on Lucier’s transition to experimental music composition and to the development of Music for Solo Performer, including his relationship with the physicist Edmond Dewan (who first suggested he use brainwaves, supplied the equipment, and assisted with the process) and his relationship with John Cage. The premier of the work at “A Concert of New Music” at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is discussed.
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