Scientists have translated spiderwebs into music

Spiderwebs can be some of the most beautiful constructions in nature. It turns that spiders have tiny hairs on their bodies and legs that can detect any vibration with the web that indicates some food has been caught.

A couple of years back, a group of scientists wondered if these delicate structures could tell us more if they translated the 3D nature of webs into music. Working with artist Tomás Saraceno, they created an interactive musical instrument based around a web’s construction. This, they say, tells us something about how the webs are made (they do look like a stringed instrument) and the “vibrational language of spiders.”

The musical instrument is called Spider’s Canvas and it’s been undergoing modifications for a while now. Here’s a sample.

There’s a LOT more here. Thanks to Chris for the tip.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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