Scientists are developing an intelligent music computer which can analyse a person’s brain activity when they listen to sounds and then composes new music designed to make them happy.
Researchers, who believe the mood-altering music-writing software can help combat stress and depression, will unveil the first composition created by the project at a music festival in Plymouth tomorrow. (Sat)
The project is being led by Dr Eduardo Miranda, a composer and professor at Plymouth University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR), and Dr Slawomir Nasuto, a professor in the Cybernetics Research Group at the University of Reading.
Using Artificial Intelligence techniques, the computer will play music and analyse the brain activity of the listener for emotional indicators. Based on this feedback, and a programmed knowledge of music, it will generate new sounds that can alter these emotions.
The project has been awarded a £880,000 grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The first public demonstration of the research will be a concert entitled ‘Symphony of Minds Listening’ on Saturday, in which the second movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony will be “remixed” and reassembled to reflect the brain-scanned activity of three volunteers during listening.