Mind-Playing Melodies: Paralyzed Quartet Masters Music with Their Thoughts

Byvu lita

Aug 1, 2023

In order to play complex pieces on stringed instruments, musicians need amazing dexterity to maneuver the different notes.

Thanks to a special interface system, however, this group of musicians can play instruments with only their minds.

The Paramusical Ensemble is a group of four artists with intensely damaged motor control skills. The quartet wears rubber caps made up of Brain-Computer Music Interfacing systems with electrodes that can detect the user’s brain waves. A computer screen is set up in front of the musicians that displays different samples of music – with the help of the caps, all the players have to do is look at the tune that they would like to play.

Patients suffering from ALS – or Lou Gehrig’s disease – can now embrace their talent despite their disabilities.

The quartet performed a piece called Activating Memory at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disabilty in London. The melody was captured by Tim Grabham and Professor Eduardo Reck Miranda as part of their nine-minute documentary about the project.

(WATCH the video below)

Paramusical Ensemble from cinema iloobia on Vimeo.

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