A biologist has created a “living record” made with micro-organisms

It is probably not a practical way of storing music, but a biologist has come up with a unique record that contains real living creatures. Mikael Hwang is a scientist who also works as an electronic musician under the name Psients. Looking for a way to combine his love for biology and music, he created Signal, “the first playable, live music medium in the world to both include and be mediated by a microorganism.” In this case, living yeast cells.

The Signal EP is part of an art exhibition in South Korea. Its original form features an obelisk that contains a special petri dish and a special record. Some kind of material–we don’t know what–made it possible to record the vibration of the yeast cells. That was then turned into audio.

Signal has since been transferred to a standard 12-inch record for distribution and sale. Please enjoy. Meanwhile, read more at MixMag.

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