Thursday, 12 September 2013

"Patient #249" EEG Recording 01.11.1977

In 1977 Scarfolk Clinic conducted sleep experiments on a local boy known only as 'Patient #249'. He suffered from severe nightmares and developed a rare condition known as 'manifest hypnagogia'.

Symptoms include the physical manifestation of hallucinations that sufferers endure between sleep and waking states. For example, Patient #249 frequently awoke to find, sitting on the end of his bed, a syphilitic, deformed Victorian clown eating trifle and pig's liver pâté. At other times, a confused sewing machine salesman from the Midlands would appear. Patient #249's parents found this inconvenient.

Doctors observed Patient #249 at home and wired his brain to an EEG, which they attached to a Bontempi electric keyboard. They wanted to record what Patient #249's brain was doing and translate it into music. In the recording you'll hear the TV in the background before Patient #249's unconscious brain takes over and he slips into a hypnagogic state.



6 comments:

  1. I'd love to hear what would have happened if they had attached a Stylophone instead.


    At least I imagine I think I'd love to hear it.

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  2. A huge problem with this experiment is that a conventional electric keyboard, presumably tuned in 12-tone equal temperment, does not contain the notes necessary to properly translate into musical sound a syphilitic, deformed Victorian clown eating trifle and pig's liver pâté. That should have been obvious.

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  3. These sounds made me UNwet my bed... it really stung...

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  4. This is considered unusual? Syphilitic, deformed Victorian clowns follow me everywhere.

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  5. The Bontempi electric keyboard is named from the French, "Bonté MPI", meaning "a kindly message passing interface". This parallel structure protocol enables a friendlier, gentler Fortran 77 experience. Patient #249 is expresses this ideal in sleep.

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  6. Such a luxury to have a syphilitic, deformed Victorian clown eating trifle and pig's liver pâté at the end of your bed. In my reduced circumstances, all I can afford is a midget Mexican wrestler eating a Frey Bentos Chicken and Mushroom Pie. Damn everyone!

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