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Hear the Music From Your Brain

6/23/2009 11:40:06 AM

Tags: Science and Technology, Arts, brainwaves, EEGs, music, Neruotopia 2.0

EEG Brain ScanUsing people’s brain waves as the notes, scientists have created music. The researchers from China took brain wave readings from EEGs as the original source and used complex math to create pitch and rhythm for the waves. If their methods were improved, according to the Neruotopia 2.0 blog, the music could be used to detect Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, or other irregularities in the brain. 


Here are a few of the tracks that the researchers have created so far:

Brain with eyes open 

Brain in REM sleep 

Brain in slow-wave sleep 

Right now, Neruotopia 2.0 points out, the notes sound more like a cat on a keyboard than real music:

Source: PLOS One, Neruotopia 2.0 

Image by Csaba Segesvári, licensed under Creative Commons.

Music by Dan Wu, Chao-Yi Li, De-Zhong Yao, licensed under Creative Commons.

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Jason Guthartz
7/14/2009 9:06:40 AM
and why is cat-on-keyboard not "real music"?

Jason Guthartz
7/14/2009 9:01:52 AM
Alvin Lucier did this years ago:

6/27/2009 10:04:07 AM
I have perfect pitch, and I have always maintained that I don't hear the pitches, I feel them.

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