Researchers have been exploring musical performance drawn directly from the brain’s nerve activity.
An artist from Concordia University and an Australian neuroscientist collaborated on a project which records the body’s emotional responses and transforms it into music.
Professor Vaughan Macefield from the University of Western Sydney has developed a way to measure nerve activity through a single neuron which accurate monitoring of a person’s emotions.
The recorded signals are compiled and then sent to Montreal there Erin Gee, a master’s student, is developing a computerised system which uses experimental musical instruments to turn the numbers into music.
The system turns the data into a chorus of bells to produce music composed by people’s feelings.
Gee has completed a trial run which used her own emotional measurements.
While there was no clear melody it does seem to reflect the anxiety she felt from having a needle tapped into her nerves.
In the end Gee is hoping to create a symphony which is based upon the emotions felt by performers in real time. She has a performance planned for next autumn in Montreal.
She will be using method actors who will perform to a score which will invoke a broad range of emotions.