19 May 2022 18:00 - 20:00 Online


The Cambridge LASER talks (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendez-vous) questions the separation and propagation of art and science as distinct categories of knowing and being. We ask: What is creativity in science and the arts? What is experimental practice in art, science, or philosophy? Where do scientific and artistic attitudes, inquiries, methods overlap? How do they differ and complement each other? Can such understanding help shape our technological, urban, economic, and environmental futures for an ecologically and socially sustainable life and wellbeing?


One of the fundamental processes of all living organisms is ‘rhythmicity’. Rhythmicity as synchronisation, resonance or entrainment, regulates functions and interactions with other humans and with our environment, and is pivotal to our well-being.

How do our neurial and biological oscillations engage us and facilitate our interactions with each other and our environment? What are the consequences of their misalignment and their links to mental and physical health? How are humans impacting the rhythms of nature? How is technology affecting our rhythms of connection?

In this event, which forms the first in a series on this theme, we bring together panelists from music and technology, music psychology and music neuroscience to discuss such questions.

  • Ian Cross: ‘Music, speech and affiliative interaction’
  • Chris Chafe: ‘Probing Rhythmic Synchronization in our Mind’s Ear’
  • Jessica Grahn


Satinder Gill, Chrysi Nanou and Prerona Prasad

About the speakers

  • Chris Chafe is a composer, improviser, and cellist, developing much of his music alongside computer-based research. He is Director of Stanford University’s Centre for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
  • Jessica Grahn is a music neuroscientist. She is director of the Human Cognitive and Sensorimotor Core of the University of Western Ontario’s Brain and Mind Institute.
  • Ian Cross is Emeritus Professor of Music & Science, and founder and former Director of the Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge.

About Leonardo/LASER

The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 40 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website.

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