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Listen To A Concert Cellist Play A Duet With Her Brain

Katinka Kleijn and her brain made sweet music together recently at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C.
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Katinka Kleijn and her brain made sweet music together recently at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C.

Ever wonder what your brainwaves sound like? Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Katinka Kleijn did so, along with composer Daniel Dehaan and sound engineer Ryan Ingebritsen, she figured out how to translate her brain's electrical signals into sound.

The result is Intelligence in the Human-Machine, a duet for cello and brainwaves. While playing the piece, Kleijn wears an EEG headset that tracks her brainwaves. Those raw recordings are then interpreted into sound in real time.

Listen as Kleijn explains what it's like to partner with her own neurons for a performance.



As for what this means for the larger question of mind-body dualism, we're just going to leave that to the experts and enjoy the music.

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