We are an international and interdisciplinary team of artists and neuroscientists.
We integrate brain imaging tool known as electroencephalography (EEG) to measure and implement brain oscillations into various artistic practices.
Yongbom and Harin recently attended the
Diverse Intelligence Summer Institute
in St Andrews, Scotland. During their time there under the scottish summer sun, they developed a
prototype of an evolving music system using MaxMSP. A system in which it searches the timbre space
along a dimension across each generation, where the selection pressure is introduced by the listener's brain state.
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On 7th of July 2022, the aiar collective presented an interactive electroencephalogram-sound installation and performance
at the Kulturnhalle Leipzig.
Arriving audiences entered a soundscape that is modulated by the performer's state of mind.
At the same time, the audiences' physical motion was tracked in real-time and represented on a large wall,
also altering the soundscapes according to the captured movement density in the room.
As the audience interacts with the audio scene, their presence and movements affected the internal state of the performer,
creating a generative composition that merges sound, space, and meditative states.
Then the unfolding of the musical piece is determined neither by the performer, nor by the composer,
nor by the audience - instead shaped by the intertwined relationship among them.
Take a peek at what happened during the event.
Think, Sync, Sink is a piece for cello, piano and EEG.
24 electrodes are used to monitor the various mental states of the performers and accordingly modulate their instrument's sound.
Synchrony of brain waves between the two performers also change the reverberation and distortion of the combined sound signal.
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Cellogram is a piece for cello and EEG,
in which brain imaging and sound production are integrated through OpenVibe and Ableton, with a custom Max MSP patch.
The timbral qualities of cello sound are modulated by mapping 12 brain signals recorded from different regions of the brain.
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