Sounds synthesis with slime mould of Physarum polycephalum

Miranda, E., Adamatzky, A. and Jones, J. (2011) Sounds synthesis with slime mould of Physarum polycephalum. Journal of Bionic Engineering, 8 (2). pp. 107-113. ISSN 1672-6529 Available from:

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This paper introduces a novel application of bionic engineering: a bionic musical instrument using Physarum polycephalum. Physarum polycephalum is a huge single cell with thousands of nuclei, which behaves like a giant amoeba. During its foraging behavior this plasmodium produces electrical activity corresponding to different physiological states. We developed a method to render sounds from such electrical activity and thus represent spatio-temporal behavior of slime mould in a form apprehended auditorily. The electrical activity is captured by various electrodes placed on a Petri dish containing the cultured slime mold. Sounds are synthesized by a bank of parallel sinusoidal oscillators connected to the electrodes. Each electrode is responsible for one partial of the spectrum of the resulting sound. The behavior of the slime mould can be controlled to produce different timbres.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Physarum polycephalum, bionic musical instrument, unconventional computing, sound synthesis, sonification
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
ID Code:26427
Deposited By: Dr J. Jones
Deposited On:25 Aug 2015 10:12
Last Modified:23 Nov 2016 08:28

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