CEREBRAL GRACE took inspiration from the 2010 ground breaking ’electro-acoustic’ project ’Music of the Mind’ by musician Finn Peters, which dealt with brainwaves in music and new forms of algorhythmically based composition and improvisation.

In 2012, after becoming aware of the ’Music of the Mind’ project, Anthony took direct contact with the creator Finn Peters to ask permission to create a short film based on a similar theme. He not only agreed but also kindly sent a selection of raw sound files taken from the original brain scans for his project. Not pretty to listen to, but fascinating to think this was the sound of our brain.

At the same time Anthony had been working on a dance project with Hugo Therkelson, from the Stockholm Royal Ballet. Anthony became intrigued that the body appeared so graceful whereas the brain patterns produced during such a choreography so chaotic!

Hugo, also a professional musician, took the raw ’brain’ files obtained from Finn Peters to his sound studio and several weeks later produced a musial composition entitled ’A Dancer’s Requiem’.

Together with Stockholm based film maker Daniel Gustafsson, Anthony produced a short film in which Hugo choreographs (and improvises) dance to the ’brain’ soundtrack, utilising high speed cameras to stop and speed small moments in the choreography. 

Director – Anthony Hill
Director of Photography – Daniel Gustafsson
Choreography + Soundtrack – Hugo Therkelson
Production Assistant – Ole Jansson

Many thanks to Subtopia, Stockholm.