Neuron Speak

Composed by: Derrick Spiva Jr.

Comissioned by Los Angeles Electric 8.

Neuron Speak (2012) is a musical representation of the communication between neurons on the individual neuron level, on the body/mind level, and on the collective consciousness level. This metaphoric cacophony of perspectives is represented using melodic and rhythmic material associated with West African, North Indian and Balkan music, including complex polyrhythmic sections with contrasting layers on micro and macro levels, as well as hybrid melodic modes that combine elements of scales from these cultures. The piece challenges performers to maintain their own contrasting parts while at the same time feeling the interrelatedness of all parts to the whole.