Meditation Drives the Show



Beneath a glowing pyramid, a seasoned meditator sits peacefully in lotus position, wearing an EEG (brain wave) headband. As their meditation deepens, the pyramid pulses and responds.

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Mind Murmur @ Burning Man
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Programmed Fractals
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Real-time Response

Brain Wave Controlled

Elements

Brain Waves

Mind Controlled

An EEG headband captures live brain waves from a person meditating beneath the pyramid. The pyramid responds with EEG-driven projection, lights and sound.

Meditation

Deepening State

Meditators are the crown jewel of Mind Murmur. As their meditation deepens into Alpha and Theta brain wave states, video and sound become increasingly lush.

Fractals

Projection

Live EEG data drives mammoth fractal art that blooms across the pyramid's walls. Color, speed, and shape shift with the meditator's brain states. watch

Soundscape

Meditative Sound

Sensual sound flows through the pyramid, cued by the meditator's brain waves. Animal calls, heartbeats, murmured prayer, synths, chimes and bells... sonified, sculpted, musically intertwined. listen

LEDs

Responsive Chandelier

Color and intensity pulse in rhythm along the pyramid's vertices and chandelier. DMX-controlled LED ropes respond as the meditator transitions between brain-wave states.

Open Source

Extending Code

Mind Murmur uses an elegant custom algorithm to discern shifts between meditative states. Our code base is free and open for creatives to extend and reuse. learn more

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Fractals Equipt Design
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LEDs & Projection Goodman's Burger
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Live EEG Paper Mockup
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Adjusting Projectors Equipt Design
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Fractals Goodman's Burger
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Live Meditation Paper Mockup
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Crew @ Burning Man Wine Bottles
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Tensioning Turnbuckles Simple Pleasure
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Fractals Web UI
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  • Overview

    Full Installation

    See the Mind Murmur pyramid come alive during a live meditation session. LEDs, projections and soundscape respond in real time to brain-wave fluctuations. watch

  • Bliss

    Fractals & Sound

    Soundscape and fractal art excerpted from Mind Murmur installation. Simulation of meditation states created from EEG data recorded during a live Mind Murmur meditation session. watch

  • Waves

    EEG Monitor

    Watch EEG-data waves recorded during a Mind Murmur meditation session. In the background, see the EEG data control fractal art that was simultaneously projected onto the pyramid walls. watch

  • Get Close

    Meditator

    Get a close-up view of a meditator experiencing Mind Murmur at Burning Man. watch

Soundscape

Mind Murmur programmatically senses five levels of meditation by parsing real-time EEG brain-wave data from live meditators. Five corresponding sound tracks were composed by sound-artists Julia Burke Ferguson and Dina Fisher (with creative direction by Dina).

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An Elegant Algorithm

As a base of our analysis, we chose frontal alpha rhythm sensor readings for a baseline metric to assess the current state of a person’s mind during meditation, because the activity of alpha rhythms are proven to be associated with a state of relaxation and calmness, which characterizes the desired meditation effect.

Quantization of alpha levels into definite gradations associated with brain states is a very hard task due to a high degree of individuality in brain activity footprints. Therefore we decided to track consistency of changes in the overall alpha activity. When activity significantly increased over some period of time, indicating consistent meditation without distractions, we altered playback of thematic video, soundscape and LED-light sequences designed to indicate deeper meditation. Alternately, if there was a noticeable decrease in recent frontal alpha activity, meaning a person was likely unable to maintain concentration, we altered thematic playback to indicate shallower meditation. If no significant change in activity occurred, we did not alter thematic playback.

Our EEG band (InteraXon MUSE) measures activity levels 10 times per second. Our algorithm stores around 30 seconds of latest data at any given moment, and every 5 minutes calculates the trend of the activity for the next 30 seconds with the ARIMA model for time-series forecasting. Then logic is applied to switch between sound and visual themes according to the result of this calculation.

Crew

Dina Fisher

Lead Artist, Project Director
Los Angeles

Aurel Jacquot

Lead Programmer, Fractal Artist
France

Chris Adams

Programmer
Australia, San Francisco

Julia Burke Ferguson

Sound Artist, Chicago

Egor Borisov

Programmer
Palo Alto CA

Shawn Cutter

Programmer
Tampa FL

Nir Lahav PhD

Science Consultation
Berkeley CA

Eti Ben Simon PhD

Science Consultation
Berkeley CA

Amir Wilf

Programmer
Tel Aviv

Sofia Godovykh

Programmer, Logistics
San Francisco

Joy Fisher

Seamstress
Los Angeles

Joy Fisher

Robin Hild

Carpentry
Los Angeles

Justin Fabrikant

Structural Engineering
NYC

Courtney Larson

Builder
Nomadic Wanderer

 
 
Renewed Connections

Dina, Aurel and Nir collaborated on Midnight Star, a Burning Man 2017 Art Installation.

New Collaboration

The warmest welcome possible to new crew members. Bridging oceans, cultures, mountains and time zones, we collaborate remotely to bring art to fruition.

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