Dr. Anthony Brandt

Anthony Brandt on Music, Creativity,Science and Technology, The Runaway Species and why The Arts are so Important for
​ Today and the Future 

photography: Tommy LaVergne

The Runaway Species, a book by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman asks what creativity is, how it started, what drives humanity to create and how art, technology and science link together. Through neuroscience and their bending, breaking, blending model, they present how creativity has and is remaking the world we live in. The book explores these questions and ideas with great visual examples, written in a way that is accessible to us all, making us think more about our surroundings and what they mean.  
I sat down with Anthony Brandt to ask him about the ideas explored in The Runaway Species, his music, his organisation Musiqa and to find out how music, the arts, science and technology can come together and what impact that might bring....

Why did you want to become a composer? 

There were a few key factors. First, I grew up in a classical music family: my grandfather was the violist of the Budapest String Quartet. I was surrounded by a lot of musicians when I was little and heard classical music all the time, so music was a big part of my upbringing.

In addition, my parents didn’t buy my sister and I any pre-fabricated toys: instead, they only got us building blocks, paper, crayons and so forth, so whenever we wanted something we had to make it ourselves. I give my parents a lot of credit for that. I loved music, so from the moment I started studying the violin, I also started composing.
​A few years ago, I found some of the little pieces that I wrote when I was six years old. It was so embarrassing: one of them was about a soldier who goes off to war. I’m a total pacifist and was a little shocked by my six year old self!