BCI for Music Making: Then, Now, and Next

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Brain-Computer Music Interfacing (BCMI) is a growing field with a history of experimental applications derived from the cutting-edge of BCI research as adapted to music making and performance. BCMI offers some unique possibilities over traditional music making, including applications for emotional music selection and emotionally-driven music creation for individuals as communicative aids (either in cases where users might have physical or mental disabilities which otherwise preclude them from taking part in music making, or in music therapy cases where emotional communication between a therapist and a patient by means of traditional music making might otherwise be impossible). This chapter presents an overview of BCMI and its uses in such contexts, including existing techniques as they are adapted to musical control, from P300 and SSVEP in EEG to asymmetry, hybrid systems, and joint fMRI studies correlating affective induction (by means of music) with neurophysiological cues. Some suggestions for further work are also volunteered, including the development of collaborative platforms for music performance by means of BCMI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrain-Computer Interfaces Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationTechnological and Theoretical Advances
EditorsChang S. Nam, Anton Nijholt, Fabien Lotte
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781498773430
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2018

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