Neurologist Thomas Deuel playing the Encephalophone. |Thomas Deuel
By Dave Roos, Seeker.com, July 18, 2017
A neurologist and amateur jazz musician has taken brain-powered music one step further with a device that instantly turns brain signals into synthesized tones.
It’s been more than 90 years since the invention of the electroencephalogram (EEG), a web of wired electrodes positioned on the scalp to measure electrical activity in the brain. From the start, people played with the idea of using the waveforms generated by the EEG to produce sound, first as a research tool for diagnosing conditions like epilepsy and then as an experimental art form.
In the 1960s, avant-garde composer John Cage teamed with performance artist Alvin Lucier to produce “Music for Solo Performer,” in which Lucier triggered a cacophony of percussion instruments using his own amplified brain signals.
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