We’re not quite sure what to make of this video from Apples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider. He’s demoing a new contraption he built himself by rigging an EEG sensor-based Mattel MindFlex toy, vintage ‘80s Moog synthesizer, and distortion pedal. The device, which he has dubbed The Teletron, is apparently a mind-controlled apparatus. Schneider demonstrates as the instrument creates “music” by responding to the intensity of the user’s brainwaves—high intensity causes the pitch to rise, while low intensity causes it to fall.
While we applaud Schneider’s ingenuity (and the hands-free instrument itself), there’s still something inherently damn creepy about putting the words “mind” and “control” in a sentence together, no matter what the context. Then again, it could just be the weird green light that’s illuminating this scene that’s throwing us off.
Either way, Schneider is no stranger to playing the role of mad scientist. Check him out in the video below (alongside Elijah Wood) next to an equally Frankenstein-ian looking contraption. It’s got us wondering what this song would sound like if performed on The Teletron. Perhaps Schneider will be incorporating it into his on-stage routine?