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Masaki Batoh, best known as the front man of Japanese psychedelic rock band Ghost, will be touring the USA and Canada performing live installations of Brain Pulse Music (BPM) – an elegy for the victims of the 3/11 Japan tragedy – this week and next. The complete list of tour dates can be found at the end of this post, and the album is available through Dragcity.

In order to create this music Batoh uses an EEG  setup, which is a a concept common within the neuro-music sphere; however he uses it to a unique purpose. As an acupuncturist, Batoh has used the BMP in order to document the post-trauma mindset of his increasingly anxious patients in Japan following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear incidents. Not only was the use of BMP a means of documenting the mindset, it provided a therapeutic outlet for the patients as well. The results of this are a truly unique set of sounds, which range from soothing and relaxed, to truly terror inducing.

The machine itself consists of a headset and a motherboard. EEG waves are picked up from the frontal and parietal lobes, and are sent via radio waves to the motherboard, which converts them into sound using a pulse generator. The result of this, is that the generated music is  a realtime reflection of the users brain wave patterns.

According to the description provided by DragCity “The ULTIMATE objective is the use of the BPM for patients with congenital abnormality of the cerebral nervous system (including developmental disorder such as ADD, ADHD and LD as well as epilepsy). The instrument is also expected to be an effective therapy for depression, panic disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome, as well as an improvement on QOL (Quality of Life).”

In our earlier post you can find more info on Brain Pulse Music including an instructional video, in which Batoh describes how the BPM system is meant to be used.

While there are no official reports on what the live show will consist of, it has been speculated that the audience will be allowed to use the BPM, so if you’re in the area make sure to check out a show!

04.30.13 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
05.02.13 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
05.05.13 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
05.06.13 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
05.08.13 – Calgary, AB – Broken City
05.09.13 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
05.11.13 – Cedar Rapids, IA – CSPS
05.13.13 – New York, NY – Spectrum