Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Pink Floyd Song Reconstructed From People’s Brain Activity

Neuroscientists were able to recreate “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1″ using AI to decipher the brain’s electrical activity

Neuroscientists have reconstructed Pink Floyd’s 1979 song “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1” using artificial intelligence to interpret the brain’s electrical signals into a recognizable version of the song.

A new study published on Tuesday in PLOS Biology, analyzed data from 29 people who heard the song while undergoing brain surgery and were being being monitored for epileptic seizures. As participants listened to The Wall track, electrodes placed on the surface of their brain recorded electrical activity of several brain regions tuned to musical elements. Researchers were then able to train an artificial intelligence model to decode the data to reproduce the sounds from the song.

Although garbled, the reconstructed tune was recognizable, and some words such as “all,” “was,” and “just a brick” were captured, according to the study.

The technology, although still in its early stages, could give people who have lost the ability to speak — because of a stroke or other injury — the power to communicate in a way that reflects emotional weight and rhythmic patterns. “Instead of robotically saying, ‘I. Love. You,’ you can yell, ‘I love you!’” Robert Knight, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley and one of the study’s authors, told Scientific American.


When asked why the team picked Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1” for the breakthrough research, the study’s lead author Ludovic Bellier said, “The scientific reason, which we mention in the paper, is that the song is very layered. It brings in complex chords, different instruments and diverse rhythms that make it interesting to analyze.”

The cognitive neuroscientist added, “The less scientific reason might be that we just really like Pink Floyd.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


Ethan and Maya Hawke have shared a cover of the Willie Nelson deep cut, “We Don’t Run,” which will appear on an upcoming compilation...


Ronnie Milsap will play his final Nashville concert Tuesday night, a guest-heavy salute to the piano player featuring Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, Sara...


American Aquarium sells mostly prosaic items at their merch table each night, including T-shirts, tour posters and records. But fans of the alt-country band...


The boy band golden era and its biggest stars — ‘NSync, the Backstreet Boys, and New Kids on the Block — will be the...