Imagine a situation - a talented composer is injured and paralyzed, his seething mind longs to create, but his hands cannot take the instrument and record the melody. He will be helped by the development of Austrian scientists "Brain Composer" - a new type of interface for a system for processing impulses in the human brain.
It is no longer difficult to “catch a thought” at the modern level of science and technology. A cap with electrodes is put on a person's head, which measure the activity of the electromagnetic field of the brain. A sequence of characters is displayed on the screen in front of the participant's eyes, for example, letters of the alphabet, and he, in turn, focuses his attention on those that he wants to choose. This generates a reaction among neurons, which is recorded by the system. Long, boring, but quite efficient.
The system "Brain Composer" differs in that it is adapted to work with music - instead of letters on the screen, notes, musical signs, buttons for adding chords and pauses, the choice of pitch and length of a tone. The operator must have musical literacy, plus take a training course that is not particularly difficult for those who are seriously involved in music. Composer skills are also required, but they can be developed right in the course of work with a system that allows you to record, play and combine small fragments of melodies.
The experiment involved 18 healthy volunteers, primary school students of music schools. All of them quickly learned to see their melodies on the score, compose and play music without even touching real instruments. The next step is testing the system on real people with disabilities - if they can also compose music without getting up from their chairs, this will be a colossal breakthrough. Not so much in the musical craft as in the development of new, complex systems of neutron control.