Jamie Gillett in Brighton, England is responsible for developing the Neuroharp, a stringed instrument powered by brainwaves through EEG technology. The brainwaves dictate the sounds that the curious structure generates.
As well as developing the instrument, Jamie is also the person responsible for performing with the instrument, usually doing so while playing drums, demonstrating a noticable shift in sonic intensity through the Neuroharp as his concentration shifts throughout his drumming performance. Presently, the Neuroharp is the centrepiece of an improvisational band that goes by the same name, featuring guitar, drums and bass.
It’s certainly a unique instrument, and while it’s difficult to gague how much control the player has over the sound it produces, it’s certainly worth looking at for it’s conceptual ingenuity, or even just for the phsyical construction of the instrument. It’s put together using the Epoc EEG headset by Emotiv, and the Arduino controlled X-Y plotter by Makeblock.
I can’t see Eric Clapton ditching his six string in favour of one of these any time in the near future, but who knows, perhaps this is the start of a new era in music.
For more informatoin about the Neuroharp visit their bandcamp page.