Mickey Hart will take over the American Museum of Natural History’s iconic Hayden Planetarium for a a pair of very special performances on April 13th and 14th. The shows will find the Grateful Dead drummer exploring his “sonifications of the universe, from the first rhythm of the Big Bang to the neural vibrations of the human brain”.
Hart’s performances will be a collaborative effort with the museum’s Director of Astrovisualization, Carter Emmart, as part of the new exhibition Our Sense: An Immersive Experience. Billed as “Mickey Hart Presents Musica Universalis: The Greatest Story Ever Told ,” the events will begin with a walk-through of Our Senses—complete with soundscapes comprised of samples from Hart’s 1017 album RAMU–before attendees gather in the Hayden Planetarium for the show. There they will be treated to Hart playing live on his Pythagorean Monochord (aka “the Beam”) while Emmart’s space visualization are projected overhead. The visual component will also include segments focused on the percussion extraordinaire’s work with prominent neuroscientists and their efforts to demonstrate the effects of vibration on the brain.
Additionally, Hart’s performance will be followed by a Q&A session with him, Emmart, neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, and Our Senses curator Rob DeSalle.
Musica Universalis marks Hart’s latest foray into the world of neurology. Aside from a five-decade career as a creator of mind-bending music, Hart has teamed up with Gazzaley and other researchers from the University of California San Francisco to map the way the brain processes auditory stimuli. He even incorporated the technology into past Mickey Hart Band tours, which featured backing visuals generated by his brain in real time via an electrode-laden black cap.
Tickets for Hart’s unique collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History are currently on sale. Ticket holders will receive an artist statement signed by Hart as well as a special edition copy of RAMU (which will become available to the general public on Record Store Day 2018).
Hart and Gazzaley explain their brain mapping technology