Jun 12, 2008
The gimp's guide to mind music
Who'd have guessed gimp masks were the key to unleashing the most phantasmagoric music humankind has ever set ears on?
No, I'm not talking about a startling new direction for Sigur Ros.
A lunatic called Mick in a place called London has attached electrodes to his bonce to create his own symphonies using simply the power of his deranged mind.
The device doesn't work a third of the time. This is possibly more to do with his skewed brain than the equipment he is using.
Nevertheless, here he is in a BBC video thinking up a sequence of notes whilst staring at the most distracting screensaver known to humanity.
There is a plus side. People who are less abled can make music, and this could open great new avenues for music therapy.
But for every plus, there has to be a minus. That can be found in the last line of the BBC news article, about a new video game using the gimp headset:
"It enables players to vanquish villains through thoughts and emotions."
If I had that ability, there'd be carnage. More carnage, even, than Mr Tran's trip to a toy store.
Mick from London, you are my new hero.