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Listen to a Brain Seizure Turned into Music

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Yikes, this is all kinds of creepy. Stanford scientists recently took the EEG signals from a person experiencing a convulsive seizure and converted them to tones that fell within the acoustic spectrum of the human voice. The results will send chills up your spine.

The scientists/artists responsible for this “piece” are Josef Parvizi and Chris Chafe. Their musical experiment has resulted in a kind of brain stethoscope — a biofeedback tool that could allow physicians to listen to their patient’s brain activity in real time and be able to detect whether a seizure may be occurring.

As Parvizi explains, the volunteer experiencing the seizure was sitting quietly in bed and nothaving a seizure. But then

Around 0:20, the patient’s seizure starts in the right hemisphere, and the patient is talking and acting normally. Around 1:50, the left hemisphere starts seizing while the right is in a post-ictal state. The patient is mute and confused. At 2:20 both hemispheres are in the post-ictal state.Patient is looking around, still confused, trying to pick at things, and get out of bed.

[ Via PSFK via FastCo. | Image: Shutterstock / Julien Tromeur ]
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    Wow dude…like what the actual fuck?
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    Fucking scary
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    Thing is, at least this occurred with me, one can empathize with the patient from listening to the sound waves. Not...
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    Cool concept but quite frankly reminds me of the sounds of a dying animals