Combining EEG, MIDI, and motion capture techniques for investigating musical performance

Maidhof, Clemens, Kästner, Torsten and Makkonen, Tommi (2014) Combining EEG, MIDI, and motion capture techniques for investigating musical performance. Behavior Research Methods, 46 (1). pp. 185-195. ISSN 1554-3528

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This article describes a setup for the simultaneous recording of electrophysiological data (EEG), musical data (MIDI), and three-dimensional movement data. Previously, each of these three different kinds of measurements, conducted sequentially, has been proven to provide important information about different aspects of music performance as an example of a demanding multisensory motor skill. With the method described here, it is possible to record brain-related activity and movement data simultaneously, with accurate timing resolution and at relatively low costs. EEG and MIDI data were synchronized with a modified version of the FTAP software, sending synchronization signals to the EEG recording device simultaneously with keypress events. Similarly, a motion capture system sent synchronization signals simultaneously with each recorded frame. The setup can be used for studies investigating cognitive and motor processes during music performance and music-like tasks—for example, in the domains of motor control, learning, music therapy, or musical emotions. Thus, this setup offers a promising possibility of a more behaviorally driven analysis of brain activity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: EEG, motion capture, MIDI, music performance, simultaneous data aquisition
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 09:13
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:16

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