create and manage music with thought

Brain Performance Mix feat Molécule by The Absolut Company Creation © Sarah Bastin

Molécule and The Absolut Company Creation have embarked on science fiction: they have invented a new tool that guides thoughts, and go on tour with it. The last rehearsals of the Brain Performance Mix have just taken place before the premiere in Paris at 104 on May 18 and the start on the roads. Electronic music and new technologies are reuniting to shape the future.

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👉 And a surprise! Zugi will win you 2×2 tickets to the first performance of Molécule using Brain Performance Mix technology on Wednesday, May 18 at 104 in Paris.

📬 To participate, simply send an email with your first and last name to the following address: [email protected] with the theme “Competition BPM

This is a majestic uncertainty, not a sport, but a creation. By the end of the round, the team will have enough worries BPM, short for Brain Performance Mix, is presented as “the first musical performance created and directed by the artist’s mind”, and which we have already talked about in Tsuga. “The tool is ready, it is very young, but it works. I even gave him the name Jill, ”says Molécule a few days before entering the residence for the first rehearsals for this new type of concert, which he has been working on for many months. “On the other hand, we don’t know yet how Jill will react when we use him on stage in public. How will this be affected by the play of light, the reaction of the audience or possible obstacles due to the saturation of Bluetooth waves in the concert hall. Also, I don’t even know how I will react, using this tool requires a lot of concentration. But if this fragility of the device and the gray areas that surround this performance are a concern, they are, above all, very exciting, especially since I do not want a safety net. I don’t want to falsify a speech, if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, you have to accept it. ” BPM was born in 2019 thanks to the sponsorship of The Absolut Company Creation, which since 2016 has also made it possible to OH then Physis, two bright scenographic installations that already combine electronic music and new technologies that accompany in the field of neurotechnology. “They developed a very light helmet that allowed the visual waves associated with the visual cortex to be transformed into digital commands used, particularly in the world of video games. Nextmind wanted to transfer this technology to other worlds, and they warmly welcomed our slightly crazy dream to create the first living, developed and controlled brain activity.

Domestic travel

Then it was necessary to find a musician who was going to capture this technology to bring it to the stage. This is where Romain de La Hay-Serafini, better known as the Molecule, speaks, especially for his work in the field of field recording and who willingly admits that he “likes to test new tools.” As soon as The Absolut Company Creation presented him with a helmet designed by Nextmind and its capabilities, Molécule had an intuition: “I was told that this technology is a kind of third hand that allows you to do more with my machines, but I immediately felt that it can go further. Opening and closing buttons with the third hand is a trick. I’m not sure that musicians really need an extra hand. ” What Molécule is interested in is “facing a technology that requires concentration, almost traveling within oneself to send orders, driving a machine that seems to me to be quite close to the very creation. The technology developed by Nextmind is based on brain activity, they found a way to capture it and use it to execute commands. Personally, I wanted the musician’s mood to affect how the controls would be performed and, consequently, how the instrument would sound. My desire was to be able to invent an original instrument based on this technology, and to make it sound different depending on the person who uses it and his mood of the day. ” Science fiction is just around the corner. To get the most out of the technology developed by Nextmind, go beyond the simple, yet impressive stage of opening or closing controls with your brain alone, to “get continuous information from a sensor located on your skull that will emit sound. the mind of the man who plays it, ”the third brain arrives on board in 2021, Benjamin Levy. A pure Ircam product (Institute for Acoustics / Music Research and Coordination), as he describes himself, Benjamin Levy is an engineer, computer scientist and musician (cellist), and he has always worked on a combination of science and music. … Having spent his entire career at Ircam, Benjamin Levy had just left when he was offered a job with Molécule. “I was attracted to combine advanced technology with music and get to the concert. This is what I have been doing for many years at IRCAM. This time I had the opportunity to do it in another world of music. A new horizon. ” Together, Molécule and Benjamin will encourage Nextmind to open the lid of their invention and develop Jil so that it is not only thought-driven but also truly sculpting.


The tool of the future

It remains to play it on stage. Due to three problems of the project BPM, to create a new instrument, to play it on stage and to make it clear to the public what it allows to do – while by its nature its use is invisible – the last stage is not the easiest. How to make the invisible visible, even if during live electronic music many people often find it difficult to understand what a musician does with his machines? During the broadcast BPM, it doesn’t even return a single button. The Franz & Fritz agency, which specializes in the use of light and the creation of impressive sets (for many fashion shows, but also for Clara Luciani or the Peacock Festival), will offer to divide the stage into two spaces – a classic studio. , a real dashboard of Molecule machines, reserved for Jill, embodied in a very pure form of monolith, inspired by the 2001 Space Odyssey. On stage, Molécule walks back and forth between the two, the Nextmind helmet tightened – “until it bleeds” – on his head. When he appears before Jill as an astronaut in the Stanley Kubrick film, a “calibration process” takes place until a synthetic voice announces a “connected brain.” Molécule can then form sound, work on it with his brain, and then return to his machines to reproduce it without interrupting the neural connection, and Jill continues to respond to the musician’s emotions. Every time the Molecule appears in front of Jill with his hands behind his back, the sound develops as if he were alive. So, to better understand this abstraction, you need a part of theatricality in this play that will never harm the music, which is particularly intense and resolutely danceable with a reminder of Daft Punk. Even if you do not always understand what is happening, music retains all its rights. From the first rehearsals Molécule came out happy, but exhausted concentration, which exercise required more than an hour. “After all, the intense light show developed by Franz & Fritz doesn’t affect Jill as much as it affects me. Sometimes it’s hard for me to focus. ” As for the interference from Bluetooth signals, which Benjamin Levy feared, they also do not seem to affect the “tool of the future”, which everyone is proud to say. The premiere of Brain Performance Mix will take place on May 18 at 104 in Paris by invitation. Then Molécule will go on tour in different places, on a special evening at the closing of the Nuits Sonores in Lyon on May 29, at the opening of the Weekend of Curiosities in Bikini in Toulouse on June 2, at Bon Air in Marseille on June 2. 3 or Pavich in September. It is clear that tomorrow is today.

👉 And a surprise! Zugi will win you 2×2 tickets to the first performance of Molécule using Brain Performance Mix technology on Wednesday, May 18 at 104 in Paris.

📬 To participate, simply send an email with your first and last name to the following address: [email protected] with the theme “Competition BPM

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