Clasp Together: Composing for Mind and Machine


  • J. Harry Whalley Reid School of Music, ECA, University of Edinburgh
  • Panagiotis Mavros Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, The Bartlett, University College London
  • Peter Furniss Reid School of Music, ECA, University of Edinburgh



BCI, EEG, Cognition, Composition, Live electronics, Performance


This paper will explore questions of agency, control and interaction and the embodied nature of musical performance in relation to the use of human-computer interaction (HCI), through the experimental work Clasp Together (beta) [1] for small ensemble and live electronics by J. Harry Whalley. This practice-led research is situated at the intersection of music neurotechnology for sound synthesis and brain-computer interfaces (BCI, a subdomain of HCI), and explores the use of neural patterns from Electroencephalography (EEG) as a control instrument. The composition departed from the traditional composer/performer paradigm by using both non-instrumental physical gestures and cognitive or emotive instructions integrated into the score.