While slime may not seem like a musical subject, the Energy Bending Lab takes a creative look at such organisms and figures out ways to turn their electrical movements into sounds.
The artists responsible for this are Leslie Garcia and Paloma Lopez, who put microorganisms into petri dishes and connect them to electrodes in order to measure their activity. Those measurements are then adapted into musical oscillations using a computer to create patterns called "Non-Human Rhythms."
The rhythms of the music are determined by the slime mold, while the melodies are chosen by humans. Interestingly, the photophobic bacteria's rhythm patterns can also be manipulated though by adding light. When light is introduced, energy bending occurs by slowing down the bacteria's electrode activity and produces a slower beat.
The Energy Bending Lab Turns Slime Mold's Electric Activity into Sound
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2. Non-human Rhythms - Opportunity for innovation in developing rhythmic patterns in music generated by slime molds and microorganisms.
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