It may look like mind control, but Maxime Michaud is making music with his brainwaves
Michaud's 'instruments' include brainwave and heart rate sensors, his throat and the world around him
Maxime Michaud is a transdisciplinary artist from Montreal. And this summer, he's been on an adventure: he spent a month in the small town of Seia, Portugal, as part of an art residency called Residência Artística DME. In the large Casa Municipal da Cultura, which serves as Michaud's temporary studio, he spends his days sitting alone onstage and playing with body sensors and other physiological devices.
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In this video, he takes you through a few of them — a brainwave sensor, a heart rate sensor and a machine he devised to capture the actions of his throat. Together, they allow him to compose an audiovisual artwork using the electrical signals from his brain.
As he'll show you here, depending on his brain activity level, the musical and visual motifs of the piece morph and change (with the help of algorithms).
When he's not in his improvised workshop, Michaud wanders the landscape in and around Seia, carrying a small recorder and a special dual microphone that fits into his ears, collecting the ambient sounds from the places he visits. At the end of the residency, he presents the results of his efforts to the locals of Seia: a 45-minute audiovisual piece that reflects his experiences in Portugal.