Festival Goers’ Brainwaves Create A Virtual Reality World

Festival Goers’ Brainwaves Create A Virtual Reality World
Arts & Culture

Conductar lets Moogfest attendees compose music with their brains.

Tiffany Nesbit
  • 24 april 2014

People interested in electronic music might know that the Moog synthesizer was one of the first electronic music instruments, but they might not know that the Moog synthesizer was created by Robert ‘Bob’ Moog, who is known as the founding father of the genre. Since 2010, an electronic music festival called Moogfest has been held in Asheville, North Carolina, where Moog spent the last 30 years of his life. Designed to honor Moog’s creativity and inventive spirit, the festival has become known as a synthesis of art, technology, and music.

Created by Odd Division/Tool Director Aramique, Conductar is an iOS compatible app connected to brainwave sensors that allows festival-goers to digitally compose music and video on a city-sized canvas with each step they take. Wearers can create an alternate reality specific to them that is laid out across the actual cityscape of Asheville, and watch what they create from their phones.


Imagine stepping across a city line and into an augmented reality installation, layered on top of the entire city. Imagine wandering around Asheville conducting a unique audio-visual world through your movements and EEG brainwaves. This is the first time the experiment has been tested on a large scale, but it is sure to be an exciting experience.


Moogfest 2014 is running from April 23rd-27th, and interested users can sign out one of 20 brainwave sensors to use in conjunction with the app while they wander around. Additional festival components include panels and conversations, performances, sound installations, workshops, and films.


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