Brain Musics: History , Precedents , and Commentary on Whalley , Mavros and Furniss

Miguel Ortiz, Mick Grierson, Atau Tanaka

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Whalley, Mavros and Furniss explore questions of agency, control and interaction, as well as the embodied nature of musical performance in relation to the use of human-computer interaction through the work Clasp Together (beta) for small ensemble and live electronics. The underlying concept of the piece focuses on direct mapping of a human neural network (embodied by a performer within the ensemble) to an artificial neural network running on a computer. With our commentary, we contextualize the work within the field of Music Neuroscience. Specifically, we point at precedents in EEG-based musical practice as well as ongoing research in the field. We hope to more clearly situate Clasp Together (beta) in the broad area of Brain Computer Musical Interfaces and discuss the challenges and opportunities that these technologies offer for composers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-281
Number of pages5
JournalEmpirical Musicology Review
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Cognition
  • Composition
  • EEG
  • Live Electronics
  • Performance

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