Keyboards with built in ‘smarts’ about Music Theory - both conventional (eg TheoryBoard) and Microtonal (eg Lumatone) and everything ‘in between’ - including Brain Interfaces

Speaking of ‘unconventional input devices’; Here’s an interesting research project that was designed to test a model of human music perception. They played a song, it happened to be Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd, to about 30 people while they monitored their brain activity via EEG machines. They were later able to reconstruct the audio from the brainwaves. It sounds a bit muddled-‘underwater’, but quite recognizable.

Seems like a step towards either ‘Real Life Neuromancer’ or a direct Brain-Daisy controller!

Here’s the article and the research paper:
“Reconstructing Pink Floyd from human auditory cortex”
the article (with an audio sample):

The research paper (lots of choices for audio towards the end):


Thank you for sharing! Fascinating stuff!!
Brain-controlled Daisy synth would be awesome! Something that can help artist create sounds that they hear in their head but are tedious or difficult to sound design. Or for quickly sketching out musical idea.

And I’m really excited for the assistive technology application too :slight_smile:

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From wikipedia:
Hex is a free software MIDI sequencer, which uses a generalized keyboard in place of the standard piano keyboard. Lanes are extended from the keys and MIDI notes can be drawn into each lane, and edited, with the mouse (as in a standard MIDI sequencer like Logic, Reaper, SONAR, etc.). The layout can be sheared to ensure that the vertical height of each key (and note lane) is proportional to its pitch height—regardless of the tuning used. A wide variety of isomorphic layouts are possible, including Bosanquet and Wicki.

Here is the “Dynamic Tonality” page on Hex:

This is a link to the Wikipedia article “Generalized keyboard” which included the above text on Hex:

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