Nanotopia & the Mycelium Network • translating biodata from non-human organisms into music.

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BIO-SONIFICATIONS: NON-HUMAN COLLABORATIONS

 

Mycelial Music: Midi Bio-sonification experiments.

Super excited to share the following.

Yesterday I was finally and at last able to solder the battery pack to my JST connector.

Very carefully, very gently I placed bio medical pads onto the Mycelium. I’ve been caring and growing this Mycelium for several weeks now, see here for details on that. The Mycelium has grown off the flax substrate, creating long, rubbery mushroom-like, fleshy arms. They are soft.

Mycelium midi bio sonification.
First experiments placing electrodes onto mycelium, which send impulses that are converted to Midi. This Midi data is then plugged into AniMoog. Mycelium Music.

The Mycelium likes it dark. I recorded affects by shining a UV light into the Mycelium (it DID NOT like this light), and LED light. Later I found the Mycelium grew increasingly active in the dark and more glitchy in the light.

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Waking up early this morning, Sunday April 8, I wondered what sounds might my Turnip plant might make…? I purchased these beautiful, organic turnips last week that starts sprouting leaves. I carefully removed the leaves by cutting off the top, just below them and placed this into a small jar of water. I wasn’t sure if they would thrive and grow, or die off. They live! A couple days later I added a Spider plant leaf with root attachment, into the Turnip jar.

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Monophonic Moss Piglet

So, I got this idea into my head (years back) where I wanted to hear soil, fungus, non-human sounds. I want to collaborate with these organisms and sounds. This started more ventures into electronics, and moooore workshops at Interaccess, creating sensors and later working with slime mould.

This week I got excited over a little circuit I stumbled upon off Andreas Siagian’s blog. Which is essentially this here,

So, based off of Andrea’s circuit I thought I would make one of my own, as well as draw up my own design. I biked over to Creatroninc, bought all the parts and made this:

Admittedly nervous about the surface mount soldering.. I put the little piggy together. Here are some images showing part of the process.

etched board

Parts listed on Github

CMOS cd4093, 100nf capacitor, Peizo buzzer, LED, 9v battery snap…

Ok so, I soldered everything down and……..

The LED works. Those 2 little pads in the upper right, when touched are suppose to make the oscillator oscillate – which is currently (haha) not happening. I have checked all connections, solder points = nada. So, I took this buzzer off to see if it even worked- it does. Soldered down another and still = nope. No sounds.

Do I lack capacitance?! What am I missing here?

Meanwhile, here is the image I altered to fit my drawing/traces.

Did I make my sensor pads too small?

Regardless, I learned a lot putting this together. 1. I need to make this work. 🙂

Anyone out there with any advice or suggestions as to what might be going wrong here, please comment below. Thanks for looking.