GMU:Bioelectronics, aesthetics and other interesting things/Azucena Sanchez

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Sonification through physarum and mycelium.

For the last months I have been working with physarum and I have become very acquainted with this organism. I want to continue exploring it through the sound and the pulses it produces while moving through its environment and searching for food.

I know this organism very well but I haven't really taken the time to experiment with physarum and electronics all together. I want to start exploring electronics through the natural eye I have developed in the last months.

There have been many experiments about sensing physarum's pulse and creating music. An interspecies communication have been very much explore and even here, the Biolab, worked as an environment for the development of sonifications of physarum.

It is very well known that physarum can give us some kind of rythm, sounds but can we give it back something? Can physarum be influenced by special sounds? Are they audible sounds or do they perceive other frequencies?

At the same time I have been trying to grow mycelium. On my experiment, following the idea of growing mycelium on cardboard, I placed a wired under the pieces of the mushroom to test if mycelium would grow connecting and intertwined with the metallic elements. In order to get some information out of mycelium I plan to use Martin Howse's circuit and then work it better to get more accurate readings, if it is possible.