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Question about brain activity synthesized as music?

Asked by buckyboy28 (4943points) July 19th, 2011

I was listening to the radio today on my lunch break and caught the last bit of something about one of the members of the Grateful Dead releasing an album in which they attached a brainwave monitor up to a synthesizer and made music out of their brain activity.

Does anyone know anything about this?

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rOs's avatar

Sure, I’ve seen it. Also, you might like Hofstadter’s take on cognition.

buckyboy28's avatar

@rOs I am talking about brain activity literally exported and converted into listenable music.

DeanV's avatar

Sounds like it’d probably be shitty music, which might be why we’ve never heard it.

wundayatta's avatar

It would be pretty easy to design a program that took various wave forms from the brain and either used them to trigger discrete notes on the synthesizer or that were played as if they were sound wave forms. Both would be interesting. I wonder if one could learn to control ones brain waves enough to actually get something intentional out of the synthesizer.

Random music has been generated in many ways. If you can think of it, it has probably already been tried. The results are usually an acquired taste, shall we say. I think I might enjoy it, understanding what it was, but it all depends on how different it is from static. I’m not a great fan of static. I prefer something more organized.

shirleylopez's avatar

I wonder if the music will be harmonious or pleasant to the ears even if the activity of the brain has patterns. Music should have patterns.

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