Yes, you read that right: spider music.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have just released an incredible piece of a brand new music genre that we think can really take off: the spider.
They created a 3D scan of cobwebs, which they then imported into a virtual environment, allowing them to manipulate networks in a variety of ways and transform the resulting structures and their acoustic qualities into music, the research team said in a press release. American Chemical Society.
“The spider lives in an environment of vibrating strings,”
You can – and should – listen to a sample of the music here.
To create music, scientists assign different notes to different directions of the web and then assemble a melody based on the 3D structure of the web and the way spiders construct their webs over time.
The music itself sounds a bit confusing and confusing – something like these videos of cats walking on pianos. But this is at least more interesting than the musical scientists created by stellar activity some time ago, and the harp-like instrument and echoing effect give the music an atmospheric chasing quality that suits spiders as well.
Spider music is a fun experiment in itself. But MIT scientists really want to play it for a spider-like audience instead of a human one – and see if they can use the musical vibrations to guide spider behavior.
“We are now trying to generate synthetic signals to speak mainly the spider’s language,” Buhler said in a statement. “If we expose them to certain patterns of rhythms or vibrations, can we influence what they do and can we begin to communicate with them?” These are really exciting ideas. “
READ MORE: MIT scientists have translated the structure of a cobweb into music – Watch and listen [American Chemical Society]
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