Masaki Batoh Transforms Brain Waves Into Music



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And it actually sounds pretty good - in an eerie, unearthly sort of way.

As some of you may or may not recall, we were blown away when we discovered that scientists had found a way of recording our dreams . Undoubtedly, Masaki Batoh’s ‘BPM Machine’ (Brain Pulse Music) that turns human brain waves into audible output places itself somewhere in the same ball park of awe-inspiring feats. But it goes a few steps further in an overall artistic direction by creating complex aural output that can arguably be described as accomplished music.

This is how it works: ‘Brain waves are picked up from the parietal and frontal lobes, then sent by radio waves to the motherboard, which converts the radio waves into a wave pulse that is output as sound. The BPM Machine’s goggles have indicator lamps synchronized with the motherboard so the performer can see their brain’s musical output. It takes practice to learn how to control one’s mind in a way that produces a pleasing sound.’

As you can tell, you need to be in a specific mental state to operate the extraordinary machine. If you want to create proficient Brain Pulse Music, you must ‘leave the material world’, as Batoh commands it in this instructional video:

Despite the fact that Batoh’s idiosyncratic piece of intricate machinery looks like something out of 12 Monkeys or, perhaps, an unpublished, Japanese steampunk novel, the output it generates is in fact quite affecting, maybe even to the point of being hauntingly beautiful.

The reputable indie label, Drag City, have certainly taken notice and even gone so far as to release a full album of Brain Pulse Music. Although storming chart success doesn't look likely at this point in time, you can't argue with the originality and vision of Batoh's idea. We dare say it's quite ingenious.

Via Underwire