Photo by Andrew Hallinan


I’ve developed an EEG system that enables me to compose electronic music with my thoughts. I take the electrical activity of my alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and theta waves in my brain, process them through a series of algorithms, and output MIDI to control a synthesizer. It is essentially telekinesis with a machine, as I never touch the synthesizer but have full control over it using my mind.

Each time I perform with the system, I learn more about my brain and have experienced profoundly deep meditative and ecstatic states. The biofeedback of the music allows me to move up and down a ladder of consciousness, up into emotionally elevated states, or down into the abstract regions of my subconscious.

What began as a curiosity in mental music composition is now an “electropsychedelic” - an electronic system that externalizes thought into audio and visuals. This has enabled the study of consciousness expansion and transhumanist forms of intimacy and communication. I’ve learned to manipulate the electrical impact of a thought and use my brain as a new instrument in music composition. This project has attracted the attention of experts in the fields of art, music, technology, engineering, psychology, and neuroscience.


Photos by Mike Weber and Charly Briede

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March 13, 2020

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Los Angeles, CA
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Triptronics Research
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February 9, 2020

Necrotek & Cipher
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February 7, 2020

Cedar Rapids, IA
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St. Ambrose University
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February 5, 2020

NYU ITP Coding Lab
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Tsunami Bass
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Ableton User Group
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January 14, 2020

November Night Festival
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November 30, 2019

Native Instruments
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November 22, 2019

Ableton User Group
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November 13, 2019

Eufonia Festival
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November 1-3, 2019

Slamdance DIG
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Destination F: Omen Edition
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October 19, 2019

From Our Minds to Yours
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August 30, 2019

Tsunami Bass
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August 27, 2019

Even Furthur Festival
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August 8-12, 2019

Iowa City Public Arts Educational Forum
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July 31, 2019

Iowa City Public Arts Performance
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June 22, 2019

University of Iowa, Nexus Open House
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April 24, 2019

Feed Me Weird Things Festival
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March 1, 2019

Primary Assemblies
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