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Mind-Controlled Theremin Is Now a Reality

Mattel’s Mindflex is an $80 gadget (don’t call it a toy!) that measures brain activity, which makes it irresistible to the DIY crowd. Robert Schneider, frontman for the indie rock group Apples in Stereo, has turned it to extra-cool use by combining it with a vintage Moog synthesizer, effectively creating a mind-controlled theremin.

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“Experimental composers like Alvin Lucier and Pierre Henry used EEG sensors to make brain-controlled music as early as the 1950’s. What is cool about the Teletron is that you can go out and buy this toy and make this simple mod, and mentally control your own synthesizer at home.”

Video demonstration below:

(Pitchfork via MAKE | Artist’s website)

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