Synthesiser Mind-Meld

Apples in Stereo mastermind Robert Schneider demonstrates his latest technical combo: a vintage 80s synthesizer hooked up to a recently released EEG game controller, which allows him to change the pitch of the synth’s output with his thoughts.

I particularly like the non-glitzy surroundings. The guy is sitting in shorts and t-shirt on a beat-up couch, unshaven and with his hair poking out in all directions, looking like a stoner and showing off his bizarre invention. It’s very far from the Kraftwerk esthetic, yet some of the tech is decades later than Kraftwerk’s.

Check out the latest Apples album, Travellers in Space and Time! I’m currently listening to it randomly interleaved with, among other things, Cathedral’s latest effort, which makes for a pretty interesting contrast.

Thanks to Moomin for the tip-off.

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4 thoughts on “Synthesiser Mind-Meld

  1. I’m not sure of the practicality yet of this business of connecting a synth to one’s brain, but I do love Kraftwerk. I can see them fiddling with this kind of technology at Kling Klang studios. But they would never release anything publicly unless they had mastered it and it sounded innovative.

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  2. Fabulous! It’s basically reporting his alpha-wave activity, is it? If you got two people on it and had the other rigged to modulate the signal in some other dimension, you could genuinely start to build music. But how on earth does this thing function as a game controller?

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