$8m interactive lab at Mac tunes into musical mysteries
The first research will soon begin at the $8-million McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind's LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab.
The LIVE Lab will study the neuroscience behind how performers interact, what moves audiences during performances and the social and emotional effects of the experience.
Audiences will be immersed in a 3D auditory experience in which their reactions are biometrically measured.
"Music is really a group activity," said Dan Bosnyak, the technical director of LIVE Lab. "The audience is a major component of that, but no one has really studied it before."