You may have seen MycoLyco‘s videos of using mushrooms to play a modular synthesizer – like the example above, which has already accumulated over a million views.
The performances are an example of bio data sonification, but some may also view them as aleatoric or generative music. MycoLyco defines the range of sonic possibilities with the patch, but the system determines moment-to-moment what the results will be.
Here’s what they have to say about the process:
“Through the magic or rather science of bio data sonification, this flush of oyster mushrooms get a shot at playing a Eurorack modular synthesizer before they become my dinner. Electrical resistance is measure by passing a small current through the mushrooms similar to a lie detector test
The changes in resistance are then converted into control signals which determine the rhythm, pitch, timbre and effects parameters of the modular synthesizer.”
For a deeper look at How The F Does a Mushroom Play Eurorack Modular Synthesizer?, see the video below: