"An immersive augmented-reality installation, layered on top of the entire city of Asheville, invites Moogfest goers to wander the city and conduct a generative audio-visual world through movement and their neurological response to the environment. Inspired by the psychogeographical concept of “Dérive,” the installation runs on a mobile app connected to a brainwave sensor. As festival goers drift from one venue to the next, they will collectively compose new music with the electrical activity of their brains (EEG data). This music, and the corresponding visual world, will exist uniquely for each user. Every minute of Moogfest, the immersive world will evolve, both sonically and visually. The entire city becomes a virtual canvas to compose and explore through each footstep. iPhone app available through the app store.
April 23rd through April 27th at Moogfest 2014"
from the page:
We are creating a platform to scientifically measure and harness music to improve health.
Our platform maps music characteristics to real-time biometrics gathered from an exploding variety of sensors. We hope to understand and decode the personalized therapeutic effect of music.
To find out more go to http://thesyncproject.com/
There´s also a more in depth article at FASTCOMPANY which gives you detailed information about the project.
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A team of neuroscientists at University College London has developed a new way of simultaneously recording and manipulating the activity of multiple cells in the brains of live animals using pulses of light.
"At one point or another, whether during a showing of The Matrix or sitting in a freshman existentialism seminar, we've all pondered life's eternal questions: Why do we dream? Are we just living in a computer simulation? Do you see the same blue that I see?
Usually we come to the same conclusion: We have no idea, and we never will.
But it turns out that brain scientists like to get just as meta as we do, and unlike us, they have the tools to answer these questions."
"a major study by an international team including the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh shows new evidence that long-term smoking could cause thinning of the brain’s cortex. "
"The more clearly you understand yourself and your emotions, the more you become a lover of what it is."- Baruch Spinoza
Eunoia II is outfitted with 48 vibration pools, inspired by the 48 emotions philosopher Baruch Spinoza outlined in his book, Ethica, like frustration, excitement, engagement, and meditation. Each speaker vibrates according to Park's brain wave-interpreting algorithm, which tranforms intense signals from Park's Emotiv EEG headset into intense vibrations in the pools of water atop speakers. The modulation of the sound (volume, speed, panning) occurs in real-time in response to her emotional values detected by EEG headset. Here, Park is literally putting her inner struggles on display, and the whole show depends on how she deals with her feelings. The calmer she is, the less vibrations of the sound happen.
"I started working with biosensors especially EEG headset, because I questioned, 'how can I take this invisible energy and emotions and make it visible?'" Park told The Creators Project. "When I am feeling certain emotions (anger, sadness, happiness), I believe that what's inside me, more than 60% of water in human body, will create vibrations/energy within myself. So, I wanted to create an artwork that represents the inner part of myself."
For more information: thelisapark.com
The Sound for "Eunoia II" was composed by the artist, Lisa Park, and the original sound of "#" by Eugenio Caria alias Saffronkeira was partially used with his permission.