Electrical artist using electric current and mushrooms to create music

The musician recorded the album using mushrooms: he connected a synthesizer to them and received sounds using the software. Writes about this Gizmodo.

The artist with the speaking nickname Mycolyco said that the idea to connect the synthesizer to mushrooms came suddenly during a pandemic when he had to stay at home for a long time. Prior to that, he spent about six years working on Eurorack hardware and modular synthesizers, and also studied electrical engineering and worked as a process technician for a large synthesizer company.

In the recording of the new album, the artist was helped by oyster mushrooms and cordyceps – ergot fungi that parasitize insects. The musician used technology similar to a lie detector. Run a small amount of current through the object to help determine its resistance or impedance. The changes in resistance and became musical control signals.

“With a modular synthesizer, I can route these signals to play a note and control its duration, pitch, timbre, and some effect parameters,” says Mycolyco

Interestingly, the resulting music is relaxing in nature, and the sounds change depending on the type of mushroom.

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