Classic rock music can be recreated from recorded brain activity!
Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have shown that they can recreate recognisable versions of Pink Floyd's rock music using brain activity recorded while patients listened to the song. This was done through advanced computer modelling.
The study, published in PLOS Biology, used brain data from 29 patients listening to "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1". The researchers found brain regions related to rhythm perception, a critical element of music, which could be useful for brain-machine interfaces.
The researchers succeeded by analysing brain activity from 29 patients listening to rock music. They found that specific brain areas, like the superior temporal gyrus, are key for perceiving music elements like guitar rhythm.
Previous research could recreate speech, but not the complexity of music. They recorded brain activity from electrodes placed on patients' brains as they listened to music, identifying key brain areas involved.
This discovery might help people with hearing issues by improving how they perceive rhythm and melody.