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Remembering last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, acupuncturist and musician Masaki Batoh turned to a modified EEG device, what he calls a Brain Pulse Machine, to measure the brain waves of earthquake victims and play them back as music. He mixed these recordings with his own to create Brain Pulse Music, a memorial album to raise money for Japan’s orphans.

“The Japanese were hurt and beaten down by the great quake, very frequent aftershocks, no fuel at gas stations, no safe food and the explosions of nuclear reactors hit by the quake and tsunami,” he recounts. “This is the requiem for dead and alive victims.”

Two of the tracks on the album were created by recording signals from the Brain Pulse Machine. The instrument consists of a modified EEG device, which measures electrical activity in the brain, and some weird-looking headgear mounted with sensors. The songs might sound very strange but they are claimed to be improvisational, created by non-musicians in therapy-session settings.

Batoh is donating profits from Brain Pulse Music to a fund for orphaned children. Additionally, the Brain Pulse Machine has been reproduced and is available for purchase.


Check out the crazy pictures of Masaki Batoh and the two brain wave tracks in the first video and the instrument itself in the second video.