Brad Garton & Dave Soldier
"The Brainwave Music Project"

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Release date: 2017

Margaret Lancaster
Dan Trueman
Terry Pender
William Hooker

1 Bible School Vacation (feat. Margaret Lancaster, flute & EEG)
2 Taco Tuesday (feat. Margaret Lancaster, flute & EEG)
3 Harajuku Hiccup (feat. Margaret Lancaster, flute & EEG)
4 Serotonin (feat. Dan Trueman, Hardanger fiddle & EEG
5 Adrenaline (feat. Dan Trueman, Hardanger fiddle & EEG)
6 Dopamine (feat. Dan Trueman, Hardanger fiddle & EEG)
7 Histamine (feat. Dan Trueman, Hardanger fiddle & EEG)
8 Amygdala (feat. Terry Pender, mandolin & EEG)
9 Insula (feat. Terry Pender, mandolin & EEG)
10 Cerebellum (feat. Terry Pender, mandolin & EEG)
11 The Wheels (feat. William Hooker, drums & EEG)
12 Initiates (feat. William Hooker, drums & EEG)
13 Rational Entities (feat. William Hooker, drums & EEG)
14 The Wild (feat. William Hooker, drums & EEG)

From the Liner Notes:

Since 2008, we have developed the use of inexpensive EEG (electroencephalograph)
sensors that could measure the electrical output of the brain ("brainwaves") to develop a set of software tools that could generate music using brainwave data.

In our concerts, typically Dave gives a lecture with slides on the brain’s cortical activity and how it senses and produces rhythm, and Brad explains how the waves recorded from the cortex are translated to music. Then we use their own brainwaves, or those of guest musicians, to “compose” in real time, generally with the musicians improvising on their instruments. An interesting question is, if the music is “composed” if it is not done intentionally: the brain always controls music making, but in this case it can create music even when asleep or unconscious.

This uses a process of "data sonification", or the translation of a stream of numbers into musical production and control.  The raw data is used to trigger and modify synthetic digital musical instruments.  

The EEG signal is made by the neural activity detected by the sensors, but does not reveal any high-level concepts or ideas that are being *thought* (although the cortex is activated to play an instrument: when hearing a sound or feeling the touch of the drumhead: and  is modified by listening, thinking and feelings).  We decided to exploit this feature by creating a feedback loop of sorts, with musicians being invited to play along 'with themselves', generating music with brainwaves resulting from the process of generating that music.

For this first complete recording of “The Brainwave Music Project”, four soloists were invited to take part in the sessions.  Each plays a solo instrument, and the instruments themselves each come laden with a rich musical tradition.  The hardanger fiddle (Dan Trueman), the solo flute (Margaret Lancaster), the mandolin (Terry Pender) and the trap drums (William Hooker) all represent long social and cultural histories.  This awareness, as well as the awareness of what and how the musicians are playing, is certainly a part of the brainwave data used to build the synthetic accompaniment for each piece.

We had great fun doing these recordings, and we hope you enjoy listening to them.

your pals, Brad and Dave

information on the Brainwave Music Project and software can be found at and