Oxford University Press recently published this article, the extract of which details how physical and virtual instruments have been able to be controlled directly via brain signals.
Finally, you might say, I can lay down all of those beats I’ve got bouncing around in my head all day.
And yes! You could—or will be able to, in theory, if this kind of technology ever makes it to market as a consumer product. Elon Musk will tell you his Neuralink is “close,” but as one of the articles linked to in this post suggests, there’s a great risk involved in opening up one’s mind to the brain-computer interface.
Scary, yeah, but you don’t have to risk your safety to get a feel for what it might be like to compose music directly through one’s mind.
In fact, one of my favorite scenes from Imminent Dawn portrays a character doing just that! Not only does he compose music directly through the EMPATHY internet-access brain implant, but when he shares the music with others who have the implant, those listening experience the very same emotions and memories that went into composing the music in the first place.
Neat, huh? I think so, too.
If you want to give Imminent Dawn a read for yourself, you can find it at any of the links below. The sequel to Imminent Dawn, Mourning Dove, is now available as well. You can find links to that title beneath those for Imminent Dawn.