Our Brain on Music

The Science Museum has a new exhibit investigating the science of sound. To celebrate its opening, Roger Highfield shares how a a Pink Floyd song was reconstructed from brain activity and what Turn It Up: The power of music will feature.

Now a major advance in understanding the ‘neural substrate’ of music has come from a study published in the journal PLOS Biology in which AI was used to recreate a piece of music after participants listened to Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1, from Pink Floyd’s 1979 album, The Wall. The haunting and eerie results are, says the team, “the first recognizable song reconstructed from direct brain recordings.”

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