Lithuanian sound artist created a helmet that turns your brainwaves into electronic music
Electronic music is ubiquitous. Earlier this month, NYU released a study on how brain rhythms are used to process music. But now it appears that the brain can create music, too.
Lithuanian sound artist Aiste Noreikaite has invented a helmet that transforms your brainwaves into electronic music. Initially intended to be a project for a sound and design class at London’s University of the Arts, the “Experience Helmet” is composed of a NeuroSky headset that detects activity of neurons in the brain, and is capable of discerning between a person’s “meditative” or “attentive” thoughts. Noreikaite used this technology to her advantage by gauging, on a scale from 0 to 100, just how meditative or attentive a person’s thoughts are. In assigning each number a frequency, higher sounds are indicative of a tranquil state of mind whereas rapid sounds are synonymous with greater mental activity. “The neurons in the brain communicate through electricity, so I thought that electronic tones would be perfect for that,” she explained.
Aiste’s creation is not meant to be an innovative tool for DJs to produce music. Rather, she is confident that the Experience Helmet may one day offer a different type of therapy to those with mental disabilities: “I would like to help people with mental issues and see how this whole brainwave thing—the binaural beats—can make a person feel better. I really like the idea that it’s not direct music. It’s something that is being created by brain. It’s another area of the unknown, what our brains can do.”
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