A new study provides evidence that musical melodies can be intentionally transferred from lucid dreams into reality in real-time using electronic sensors and specialized software. The proof of concept recent was recently published in the scientific journal Dreaming.
Lucid dreaming refers to the state of being aware that one is dreaming while still within the dream itself. This phenomenon allows individuals to have conscious control over their dream experiences, enabling them to make decisions, manipulate dream scenarios, and even interact with dream characters.
Lucid dreaming was first described by Frederik Van Eeden in 1913. Over the years, research has confirmed the existence of lucid dreaming under laboratory conditions, and it has been primarily associated with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, although exceptions exist. During lucid dreams, specific brain regions, such as the prefrontal cortex, precuneus, occipitotemporal cortex, cuneus, and parietal lobules, show heightened activity. Gray matter volume in the anterior prefrontal cortex and connectivity between brain regions are also linked to lucid dreaming.
One fascinating aspect of lucid dreaming is the potential for individuals to hear, create, and control music within their dream experiences. Researchers have explored the relationship between music and dreaming, as well as how musicians might benefit from lucid dreaming experiences to improve their musical skills. While music can be heard and even composed in lucid dreams, the challenge lies in transferring these musical insights from the dream world to waking reality.
“Once, when I was a teenager, I entered a lucid dream and heard the best ever single of the Rammstein band (I was their fan),” explained lead author Michael Raduga, the CEO and founder of the California-based startup REMspace. “It had extremely high quality and definitely was the best their song. The problem was that it did not exist in reality and I knew it. That case demonstrated me the true power of our brain. Since then, I always wondered how to transfer lucid dream melodies into reality.”
The researchers hypothesized that it might be possible to transfer musical rhythms and melodies from lucid dreams into reality using electromyography (EMG) and specialized software. EMG involves detecting electrical signals generated by muscle contractions, and it has been used to detect various forms of physical activity during dreams, including eye signals and speech.
Raduga and his colleagues proposed that trained individuals could intentionally generate specific EMG signals in their muscles to produce musical melodies during lucid dreams. These signals could be detected by sensors even during sleep paralysis, and then decoded into actual sounds upon awakening.
To test this hypothesis, researchers conducted a study under laboratory conditions. They recruited participants who were experienced with lucid dreaming and equipped them with EEG, EOG (electrooculography), and EMG sensors. The participants learned how to play a specific melody (the intro of “We Will Rock You”) using their arm muscles in wakefulness. During their lucid dreams, they were instructed to contract the same muscles to generate the melody.
Polysomnographic data was recorded to monitor the sleep stages and confirm the occurrence of lucid dreaming. If an individual succeeded in inducing a lucid dream, they were required to make specific eye movements to confirm their conscious state within the dream. After awakening, participants were asked to verbally report their experiences in detail.
Seven instances of lucid dreaming were confirmed through EEG, EMG, and EOG measurements during the study. In six of these lucid dreams, participants successfully played the melody using their arm muscles as instructed. However, due to technical issues or weak EMG signals, only three attempts to transfer musical rhythms into reality were successful.
“We transmitted a simple melody from a dream to demonstrate the potential,” Raduga told PsyPost. “In reality, there aren’t significant limitations on melody complexity. It’s just a matter of time when technologies like this will be widespread because there is nothing very difficult in them. The only problem that you need to know how to induce lucid dreams.”
The study’s success holds potential implications for musicians and creative individuals. It opens up the possibility of sharing and recording unique musical compositions directly from lucid dreams. As technology advances, further research could explore more complex melodies and the potential for individuals to collaboratively create music in shared lucid dream environments, the researchers said.
“Soon or later, anybody will be able to discover ingenious music in your dreams and record them immediately,” Raduga said. “This approach to utilizing human potential may allow us to compete with artificial intelligence in the future. I’m sure that any human has ingenious potential. It is hidden in our subconsciousness. The best way to control it is to induce lucid dreams.”
The study, “Real-Time Transferring of Music From Lucid Dreams Into Reality by Electromyography Sensors“, was authored by Michael Raduga, Andrey Shashkov, Nikolai Gordienko, Andrey Vanin, and Evgeny Maltsev.