Researchers at ZWS neuroscience lab in Zurich, Switzerland recently announced they have discovered a technique to hear the music in our heads and have used the data they have collected to create the perfect personalized song.
Using semi-harmonic resonance detecting (SHRD), which examines the electrical activity in the brain the group of researchers has produced an algorithm that can accurately translate the sounds that are happening in the subject's mind. It is the first time that auditory data has been collected from the brain.
Here is how the study worked. The subjects' brains were monitored while they listened to a variety of tones and rhythms and later they were asked to imagine these specific sounds. The process was repeated until a correlation was made between the brain scans and the real sounds.
What the scientists did next is revolutionary. They had the participants in the study listen to and imagine their favorite songs from when they were children and later their current favorite song. That data was combined to create an entirely new song for each subject which just so happened to be the subject's favorite song ever. Many of the subjects became obsessed with the new song and couldn't stop listening to it.
An example of one song which was created through this process
The researches have yet to explain how they created the new music from their data, but the fact that our past experiences combined with current ones can create a new and personalized experience is a fascinating one. What will happen to artists and musicians when everyone is able to create their own perfect experience with little to no effort? Will it further devalue music or will it allow musicians and artists to create new works with only their minds? Scientists refused to talk about this part of the process, only raising further questions about their motives and possible affiliations.
In addition, there are negative effects which the scientistis failed to report, but some of the participants decided to speak out annonymously. They complained of nightmares in which they were haunted by these new sounds and others became so addicted to the music that they had a hard time doing anything else, seemingly caught in a mental feedback loop.
An imagined example of a Musical Nightmare
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