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Fans become lab rats in Ian Trornley's record release experiment

Adam Carter, CBC News (October 23, 2015)

Big Wreck frontman Ian Thornley didn’t know he was a touch claustrophobic – that is until he decided to release his brand new solo album at McMaster University’s Live Lab. 

Thornley’s newest effort is part record release, part scientific experiment – so prepping for the show included cramming the six foot four musician into an MRI to map the nuances of his brain.

“Turns out I might actually be a little claustrophobic,” Thornley laughed. But that’s par for the course at the University’s $8-million gem of a performance space, which combines 3D motion-capture technology, acoustic controls and brain-monitoring sensors to map the intricacies of how humans respond to music.

 

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