The Soundtrack of the Human Brain

in Article, Arts + Media, Uncategorized
December 8th, 2012

Neuroscience researchers in China have created a method of transforming brainwaves into music by combining EEG and fMRI scans into sounds that are recognizable to human beings. The EEG adjusts the pitch and duration of a note, while the fMRI controls the intensity of the music.  According to Jing Lu and his associated colleagues from the University of Electronic Science and Technology in China,  this brain music, “embodies the workings of the brain as art, providing a platform for scientists and artists to work together to better understand the links between music and the human brain.”

Applying EEG and fMRI data to make better music represents the limitless opportunities of the brain, potentially leading to improvements useful for research, clinical diagnosis or biofeedback therapy. In fact, researchers at the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate have already looked at a form of neuro-training called ‘Brain Music’, which uses music created from an individual’s brain waves to help the individual move from an anxious state to a relaxed state.

A sample of brain music of a patient at resting state is here:


Beats By Brain


Remixed Brain Waves Reveal Soundtrack of the Human Brain – Science News

Brainwaves Translated Into Music for Cerebral Soundtrack – Wired

Listen to the sounds of the human mind: Remixed brain scans reveal our inner music – Daily Mail

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