Brain-Computer Music Interfacing for Embodied Musical Interaction

Latvijas-Lietuvas-Taivānas zinātniskās sadarbības atbalsta fonds piešķīra finansējumu pētniecības sadarbības projekta īstenošanai

In autumn 2018, JVLMA, in cooperation with Vilnius University (Lithuania) and National Sun Yat-sen University (Taiwan), obtained financial support for the project Brain-Computer Music Interfacing for Embodied Musical Interaction. Three research teams, from Latvia, Lithuania and Taiwan, collaborate to assemble and develop a Brain-Computer Music Interface (BCMI) capable of supporting affective communication in musical interaction contexts. Such instruments in effect, open a new channel of emotional communication through music and will therefore be immediately applicable in the fields of music therapy, training, and performance, where awareness, control and communication of our affective states are of great importance. The resulting system will also contribute to the development of efficient, reproducible, mobile, and affectively nuanced EEG and BCI methods applicable in the multi-disciplinary fields.
Through a multi-disciplinary approach, three research teams aim to develop a BCMI system capable of overcoming major challenges in the field, namely 1) lack of interdisciplinary expertise and collaboration in the fields of musicology, neurophysiology, psychology and computer science, 2) lack of easily useable and tuned equipment suitable for transfer into practical applications in ecologically valid contexts, and 3) lack of evidence for reliable use of BCMI in ecologically valid contexts.
The work will aid the creation of digitally enhanced musical instruments, which are brain-reactive, reinforcing of communicative intent, and thus more directly connected to the embodiment aspect of musical interaction.