EEG-TO-MUSIC


I’ve developed an EEG system that enables me to compose electronic music with my thoughts. I take the electrical activity of my alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and theta waves, process them through a series of algorithms, and output MIDI to control a synthesizer. It is essentially telekinesis with a machine, as I never touch the synthesizer but have full control over it.

Each time I perform with the system, I learn more about my brain and have experienced profoundly deep meditative and ecstatic states. The biofeedback of the music allows me to move up and down a ladder of consciousness, up into emotionally elevated states, or down into the abstract regions of my subconscious.

What began as a curiosity in mental music composition has become an exploration of how this technology can expand my consciousness and the internal sentience of my psyche. I’m learning to feel the electrical impact of a thought as it ripples through this medium and use my brain as an instrument in live music composition.






VIDEOS


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






PRESS


"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






PERFORMANCES



CSPS
Cedar Rapids, IA
February 6, 2020


St. Ambrose University
Davenport, IA
February 5, 2020


November Night Festival
Brooklyn, NY
November 30, 2019


Ableton User Group
Berlin, Germany
November 13, 2019


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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