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VIDEO: Sound Mind: A Brainwave Audiovisual Art Installation

Sound Mind is an audiovisual art installation, from dBs Institute MA graduate Mark Doswell, which uses LEDs to paint what happens in the brain when we listen to music.

dBs Institute MA Innovation in Sound graduate Mark Doswell, alongside his collaborators Rory Pickering and Jim Turner, have built an audiovisual art installation that reads a participant's brainwaves while listening to music and renders the results onto a laser-cut ply dome with 950 LEDs embedded into the structure.

Mark, the Creative Director and Sound Designer of Sound Mind, submitted the installation as his Final Major Project.

Mark Doswell: "It’s an audiovisual neurofeedback art installation. The neurofeedback aspect refers to being able to receive a signal back from the data of your brainwaves. So, they’re being processed in real-time, that's then automating the lights."

Rory Pickering: "Trying to represent what's happening in someone's brain when they're listening to music, so it’s their emotional responses and levels of excitement or anxiety or concentration. There are different markers that you can use to indicate someone's state of mind when you read their brainwaves. What we're trying to do is kind of use those markers to actually affect the visuals that you see in the installation."

Jim Turner: "I think these are exciting times where the possibility of listening to your brainwaves and trying to understand what's going on in the mind is possible. And I think this brings that to people's attention."

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Inspired by Sound Mind and other innovative projects from dBs? Check out our MA Innovation in Sound course!

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