Neuroplasticity and musical improvisation

What is neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity or neuronal plasticity is a property of neuronal systems resulting from the interaction of various neurons with each other and with their environment. The stimuli received by a given neuron come from one or more neurons that are part of a network.

Depending on the frequency or intensity of the stimuli, a change will be generated in the response that said neuron delivers. Neuroplasticity implies a change in the speed and quality of information transfer between the different neurons that are connected, in other
words implies learning for the neurons that are receiving the information.

A neuron or a network of neurons is capable of learning, of changing, as a result of an intrinsic property that is triggered by changes in the signals it receives. A new response to an experience and memory are closely related to neuroplasticity.

And how do we make music with this?

From neural networks we create musical structures, that is, paths along which the music will develop. For this there will be four musicians playing and improvising, developing this neural network through sounds and optionally projecting images and videos that will take us on a neural journey.

Eloy Mansilla, neurologist/composer
Sebastian Vidal, electric guitar/composer/video
Sarah Claman, violin
Matías Riquelme, cello
Joan Bagés, electronics

Score: “Aplysia sensitization” (composer: Eloy Mansilla)

La neuroplasticidad como experiencia musical, entrevista a Eloy Mansilla:

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