NeuroKnitting: Creating a Scarf by Listening to Bach’s Goldberg Variations

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A couple of weeks ago we posted a video featuring a group of disabled people who were given the chance to create music with their brainwaves through a new technology called Emotiv EPOC. This week we give you a guy who knits himself a scarf using the same technology with some added modifications. It may not have the same life-altering, grandiose feel to it, but it certainly is very entertaining nonetheless.

This thoroughly interesting merge of art and science was created by artist-duo Varvara Guljajeva, Mar Canet, and MTG researcher Sebastian Mealla who provide this explanation for how NeuroKnitting works:

We have plotted brainwave activity into a knitted pattern. Using a wearable, non-invasive EEG headset, we recorded users’ affective states while listening to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, concretely the aria and its first seven variations. The audio was about 10 minutes long and we downsampled each second of the signal coming from the 14 channels of the EEG device. Three main features were measured: relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load. After recording, those features were converted into a knitting pattern. Hence, every stitch of a pattern corresponds to a unique brain state stimulated by the act of listening. It means the user’s affective response to music is captured every second and memorised in the knitted garment pattern.

We say: What a brilliantly whimsical way of creating a cool scarf. And the fact that talented people are experimenting with the conversion of brainwaves into tangible art makes us look forward to the future in the intersection between art, science and technology.

It does also makes us wonder what the scarf would look like if you replaced Bach with Electric Wizard...

Via Creators Project