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Brainwaves turned into live performed classical music (video)

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BBC reporter LJ Rich put music neurotechnology to the test to see if her brainwaves caould be converted into music. By wearing a brain cap linked to a laptop with a screen of chequered patterns to focus on, her thoughts created music played by a professional cellist. The project is the brainchild of Professor Eduardo Miranda, a composer who has made a living out of his fascination with what he calls music neurotechnology. His device reads brainwaves, with the aid of an EEG cap, and promises to translate those thoughts into music – a world away from the traditional composition process.

Eduardo Miranda enjoys the challenge of an imperfect solution. “Humans like to manipulate things – I do not wish to eliminate that [process], I want to enhance great tools to help composers to achieve that perhaps in different way,” he said.

The professor plans to use this system to take readings from four people and then control a string quartet with the results. The piece will be performed at the 2014 Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival in Plymouth this weekend.

Watch these two videos below to learn more or read the full report on BBC.