In December of 2017, I had a dream about making music compositions with human DNA sequences. When I woke up, I found a page on the website with these exact sequences, with the name Primary Assembly at the top. I began to convert the DNA patterns into MIDI and use them to make synthesizer and drum patterns.

A few months later, I saw an ad for a Muse EEG headband. I looked up the technical specifications, bought the device, and using some of my previous iOS frameworks with Bluetooth and MIDI, built a proof-of-concept in 36 hours. I put on the EEG, triggered a thought, and remotely played a note on a synthesizer. In that Eureka moment I knew this was the building block to create an entire electronic music performance using only my thoughts. Telepathy with synthesizers was now possible.

I've since created many versions of this performance, but always with the foundation of using sequences based on human DNA, bass sounds like heartbeats, and atmospheres that emulate the human psyche. This technology has enabled me to amplify rather than diminish my humanity in every show that I perform.


"Brain Trust: Performing Biodata" - The Seen

"Artist Makes Music From Brainwaves" - Iowa Public Radio

"Primary Assembly" - Voyage LA

"Using Brain Waves To Make Music" - The Festival Voice

"Interview with Jason Snell" - Mind Boggles

"NEXUS Hosts Inaugural Open House" - Iowa Engineer

"Innovator in Music, Arts, Engineering" - Daily Iowan

"Combining Arts and Engineering" - Daily Iowan


The Primary Assembly YouTube channel includes full documentation of the project's research, development, and performances.


Eufonia Festival
Berlin, Germany
November 1-3, 2019

Slamdance DIG
Los Angeles, CA
October 24, 2019

Destination F: Omen Edition
Milwaukee, WI
October 19, 2019

From Our Minds to Yours
Brooklyn, NY
August 30, 2019

Tsunami Bass
Brooklyn, NY
August 27, 2019

Even Furthur Festival
Highbridge, WI
August 8-12, 2019

Iowa City Public Arts Educational Forum
Iowa City, IA
July 31, 2019

Iowa City Public Arts Performance
Iowa City, IA
June 22, 2019

University of Iowa, Nexus Open House
Iowa City, IA
April 24, 2019

FMWT #17
Iowa City, IA
March 1, 2019

Primary Assemblies
Des Moines, IA
January 11, 2019


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