Mickey Hart will be turning 70 in September, and has been on a long, strange trip to connect the body and mind with music. As a world-music percussionist and drummer -- most notably for the Grateful Dead -- with his new record Superorganism he seems closer than he's ever been. Essentially pinpointing the parts of the brain with sensors he wears on his head, Mickey and his team of scientists have developed the means to turn his no doubt hyperactive brain activity into audible rhythm.
While he still packs a wallop behind the drum set and an endless assortment of exotic auxiliary instruments, most of the rhythm tracks are exact sound replications of the electric impulses in his brain. He's taking it a step further on his current tour; visual maps of the triggered brain activity are projected on a large screen behind him and the latest incarnation of the Mickey Hart Band, which will no doubt provide quite the psychedelic freakout, man.
Ahead of Wednesday's show at Mill City Nights, Gimme Noise spoke to Hart about Superorganism, the mechanics of sonifying the brain, his love of drums, and ultimately the band and music he is best known for.More »