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Class 9: Spectacular Performance

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Keith Barry: Brain magic


“First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies -- in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.”  Although we can be skeptical when we see “magic” performed, Keith Barry assures us that he does not use any “gimmicks or tricks” in doing what he does.


An interesting article in the NYT is "While the Magician Works, the Mind Does the Tricks" 





Tod Machover & Dan Ellsey: Releasing the music in your head



“Tod Machover of MIT's Media Lab is devoted to extending musical expression to everyone, from virtuosos to amateurs, and in the most diverse forms, from opera to video games. He and composer Dan Ellsey shed light on what's next. A resident of Tewksbury Hospital in Massachusetts, Dan Ellsey has cerebral palsy and does not walk or speak. He does, however, write and play his own music, and mentor others, through a groundbreaking music system developed by MIT's  Tod Machover and his team, including grad student Adam Boulanger.”








Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes



“Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership -- and he's been known to do both in a single performance. He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues. His provocative ideas about leadership are rooted in a partnership with Rosamund Stone Zander, with whom he co-wrote The Art of Possibility.”


"Arguably the most accessible communicator about classical music since Leonard Bernstein, Zander moves audiences with his unbridled passion and enthusiasm."

Sue Fox, London Sunday Times

Comments (1)

Ian D Goddard said

at 11:13 am on Mar 23, 2009

The Machover - Ellsey presentation was, for many, too technical at first but Dan Ellsey rescued the show with an amazing performance of his own composition. Having said that there is a very passionate dialog on TED regarding this lecture - it was/is very controversial. You can see it HERE below the video. Some snippets from the comments; “Beautiful and inspiring. Wonderful. I'm a professional composer and health field worker - thank you so much for this work." - "I honestly cannot believe how many people are criticizing this talk. Long before I learned the story of Beethoven I found his work very enjoyable. I only appreciated it more when I found that he overcame the large obstacles that he did. Sure, the work presented by Dan was nothing that will contest for a prestigious award but it is nothing short of magnificent because of HIS story. - "What we are seeing here is a way for mediocrity to work its way into the mainstream to be celebrated in the guise of "giving those who can't speak the ability"." I think the prime purpose of TED is to stimulate our minds - this TEDTalk does that.

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