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Four Colman Getty and client Plymouth University support the world’s first musical performance by individuals with severe motor-impairment

This week, Four Colman Getty had the privilege of working on a rather spectacular musical project through their involvement with the ever-unusual Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, which sits at the meeting point between science, music and technology.

Client Plymouth University has partnered with the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, to create the world’s first musical performance by four individuals with severe motor-impairment using Brain Computer Music Interfacing Technology developed at the university.                                                                                     

The patients, who include former professional violinist Rosemary Johnson, were paired up with members of a string quartet for whom they generated musical scores in real-time using just their eye movements. Each wore an EEG cap furnished with electrodes which can read electrical information from the brain. As they selected musical phrases from a screen with their eye movements, the corresponding electrical information from their brain was used to generate, in real-time, the parts for each member of the string quartet.

A film of this ground-breaking performance will be premiered at the festival on 27 February, and the team in Four Colman Getty has been busy managing the news story, beginning with an exclusive story in The Telegraph ahead of a BBC Breakfast interview filmed in conversation with all four individuals involved: