Movement Tracks Project (composer)
Cassie's current focus is creating compositions utilizing brain-based music technology in collaboration with Austin's Center for Music Therapy. She recently spoke at SXSW 2017 on this topic, "Movement Tracks: Where Biotech and Music Converge." You can view the panel here. The project recently won an award from the Intelligent Health Association which was presented by Austin's Mayor Steve Adler to Cassie and the team during SXSW.
Movement Tracks Project is a collaboration between therapists and musicians to create new methods in music composition and recording, utilizing brain-based music technology to help people walk again. The Movement Track’s team, who includes: Producer & Owner/President of The Center for Music Therapy, Hope Young; Lead Composer, Cassie Shankman; Head Engineer, Steven Bartlett; and Lead Music Therapist, Emily Morris, have made historic original musical recordings for use in biotechnologies, to help specifically, children with Cerebral palsy and adults with Parkinson’s to walk better and help reduce falls. This project has shown how music’s power as a core catalyst can restore, maintain, and enhance health through the biotechnologies developed.
The project was launched by the Center for Music Therapy, based in Austin, Texas, over two years ago. The Center for Music Therapy has been dedicated to over 25 years of making music therapy, and other sensory-based interventions, more accessible to consumers by providing traditional and non-traditional therapies, treatment services, programs, classes, technologies and products.
The Movement Tracks Project has successfully partnered with Biodex Medical System on the integration of this original medical music into Biodex’s GT3 (Gait Trainer 3), which is being used by patients and therapists all over the world for treatment. The medical music recordings are licensed specifically for use with biotechnologies such as the Biodex system. The compositions have a precise design meant to merge with the advanced analytics embedded within the GT3 system, making the treatment more personalized for the patients using it. The music not only helps improve the overall experience of treatment, but also the outcomes.
This is a photo of the composition team on this project including myself, producer/therapist Hope Young, and engineer Stephen Bartlett. This was taken during a session in NYC at Premier Studios.
Premier Studios NYC
This is a photo of the board and the room we used for the first recording session for the first phase of the project.
This was my work station for a few days in NYC in July.