I’m very pleased that my paper, with Dr. Duncan Williams, about our new method of brain-music control has been accepted by the ICMC/SMC Conference which is hosted in Athens this year.

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Here’s the abstract, which provides a pretty concise explanation of the experiment we conducted, and point to some future applications of emotion-led music.

AFFECTIVE JUKEBOX: A CONFIRMATORY STUDY OF EEG EMOTIONAL CORRELATES IN RESPONSE TO MUSICAL STIMULI

This paper presents a proof-of-concept pilot study investigating whether 2-dimensional arousal-valence correlates determined from electroencephalogram (EEG) readings can be used to select music based on the affective state of a user. Self-reported emotional states are used to evaluate a system for estimating arousal and valance from EEG by means of music selection from a real-time jukebox, with stimuli that have strong emotional connotations deter- mined by a perceptual scaling analysis.

Statistical analysis of participant responses suggests that this approach can provide a feasible platform for further experimentation in future work. This could include using affective correlations to EEG measurements in order to control real-time systems for musical applications such as arrangement, recomposition, re-mixing, and generative composition via a neurofeedback mechanism which responds to listener affective states.