This Slime Mold Makes Music

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Physarum polycephalum is a single-celled organism with no brain and no neural structure. It’s mold. It’s slime. It… makes music. Ladies and gentlemen, with have found the origin of #slimepunk.

Already having demonstrated problem-solving and memory abilities inside tiny mazes, the Physarum polycephalum slime mold exhibits curious characteristics when blasted with a long and hard electrical surge.

University of Plymouth physicist Eduardo Miranda and his science elves spent some serious lab time enticing the mold with oat flakes and growing it around protoplasmic nudes between electrical nodes. Then, they shocked the mold with electrical stimuli and yielded controlled, cohesive noise through a rigged audio oscillator.

The sounds could be adjusted. Miranda and crew used to controlled slime mold sounds to compose a musical piece, classically entitled “Die Lebensfreude in Portugal.”

That’s amazing!

Only, as Silent Drape Runners band member, internet commentator and fellow #NYANCATCITY participant Russ Marshalek points out, the phenomena bares strong conceptual parallels to #slimepunk, which is like #seapunk that we buried a little while ago, but not:

“If seapunk is a return to the peaceful inhibition-free ocean, slimepunk is a return to an even more primordial form, the ooze. That which birthed a nation of ninja turtles, yes, but also that very same ooze from which the energy to produce human life came from. Seapunk is a nod to old house and trance, slimepunk is the barest skeletons of juke and kick surrounding by sagging grotesqueries of mutant rave pollution.

You can listen to what slime mold should logically sound like here.

See you SUNDAY!

(Photo: Bio Informatica)