Stockholm Brainwave Music




“The growth of musical art in any age is determined by the technological progress which parallels it. … If we admit that the creative imagination of the composer may form musical ideas which, under the specific conditions of a given epoch, cannot be translated into sounds, we acknowledge a great dependence of the artist upon the technical position of his era, for music attains reality only through the process of sound.”

Joseph Schillinger (1931), from: “Electricity, a Musical Liberator”


Brainwave music plays an important role in early and contemporary experimental music. Stockholm Brainwave Music Festival (SBMF) is the first international event that brings together the performers, developers and theoreticians to share their knowledge and experience, and introduce them to a wide audience.

The SBMF will introduce to the audience the uniquely cross-disciplinary field of music and neuroscience. The festival will showcase seminal performers in art and electronic music, as well as international experts in neuroscience, in a combination of entertaining, educational and interactive performances, workshops and lectures.

The activities will take place at different venues during four days in the spring of 2019. The festival will create bridges between disciplines, institutions and artists in the region of Stockholm as well as creating new connections between the capital and the world. The festival is organized by the art and science collective 1+1=3 together with Vision Forum, who have extensive experience in organizing international cross-disciplinary events.

Vision Forum has developed the EEGsynth with its partners in music, visual art and neuroscience since 2014. The EEGsynth provides an interface between physiological signals from brain, heart and muscle with devices from performance, from sound synthesizers to video and theatre light technology.

The festival program will include:

  • Public concerts and performances of brainwave music
  • Public lectures about music and neuroscience
  • Public workshop on brainwave music, where the audience can try the technology out themselves
  • A public exhibition with music and objects from brainwave music since the 1960’s, includes imagery from related medical science history
  • Residency at EMS to develop compositions using Vision Forum’s EEGsynth technology


Contributing artists and scientists

David Rosenboom (US), pioneer in American experimental brain-controlled music, composer-performer, interdisciplinary artist, author and educator.

Dr. Susanne Decker (USA/NL), neuroscientist and performance artist, developer of brain-computer-interfaces for art.

Dr. Selen Atasoy (GER/UK), computer scientist researching harmonic waves in the brain.

Leif Elggren (SWE), writer, visual artist, stage performer and composer, member of Sons of God and founder of Firework Edition records.

Prof. Atau Tanaka (UK), professor of Media Computing, bridging the fields of media art, experimental music, and research with sensor-based musical instruments for performance and exhibition

Prof. Vincent Rioux (FR), professor of digital art at the Fine Arts Academy of Paris, expert of electromagnetism and discrete mathematics in musical acoustics.

Dr. Pedro Garcia da Silva (PT), Scientific Coordinator of neuroscience education at the Champalimaud foundation, and the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown.

Jean-Louis Huhta, artist, composer, musician and DJ. Member of interdisciplinary art-science collective 1+1=3.

Samon Takahashi (FR), visual artist and musician. Member of interdisciplinary art-science collective 1+1=3.

Per Hüttner (SW), artist, founder and director of Vision Forum, a project-based international experimental research network. Member of interdisciplinary art-science collective 1+1=3.

Dr. Ir. Robert Oostenveld (NL), physicist, neuroscientist and developer of EEGsynth open-source software for (online) analysis of brain activity. Member of interdisciplinary art-science collective 1+1=3.

Dr. Stephen Whitmarsh (FR) neuroscientist, artist, developer of EEGsynth open-source software for (online) analysis of brain activity. Member of interdisciplinary art-science collective 1+1=3.

The project is supported by Musikverket, Stockholm Stad, the Nordic Culture Fun and the Swedish Arts Council.