Scientists are developing an experimental musical instrument that you play while thinking
Scientists have developed an experimental musical instrument that creates sound using a person’s brain waves.
In 2016, Swedish neurologist Thomas Deuel joined forces with physicist Felix Darvas to develop an encephalophone, a musical instrument that can be played while thinking.
The instrument was first invented in the 1940s by Dr. EA Bevers, a physiologist who found a way to use brain waves to generate sound.
Deuel and Darvas had two motivations behind the creation of their encephalophone, Seattle weather reports. Not only did they want to explore new music technologies, but they thought it could also serve as a therapeutic tool for people who had suffered from strokes or other neurological issues.
Deuel said its advantage is that it is “completely non-invasive: no surgery and portable”.
The instrument requires the musician to wear a special cap equipped with electrodes capable of reading brain waves, and then transmits them to a synthesizer.
âThe encephalophone is a musical instrument that you control with your thoughts, without movement,â said Deuel Sci news in 2017.
“I am a musician and neurologist, and have seen many patients who played music before their stroke or other motor impairment, who can no longer play an instrument or sing,” he said. .
âI thought it would be great to use a brain-computer instrument to allow patients to replay music without requiring movement,â he added.
In a 2017 study, The encephalophone: a new musical biofeedback device using the conscious control of the electroencephalogram, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, scientists tested the instrument on 15 adults.
The results showed that each member of the group was able to use the encephalophone to correctly recreate musical notes without any prior musical training.