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Forest UnderSound is an invitation to consider the sentience of fungi. Sentience is the ability to perceive one’s environment, and experience sensations such as pain and suffering, or pleasure and comfort. Many countries acknowledge animal sentience, and animal’s ability to experience pain, fear, distress, hunger, and thirst, in their laws, which a…
 
Back in August 2020 I started cultivating Pleurotus djamor towards a presentation for the Remote Realities residency awarded to myself and technologist/collaborator Sara Lisa Vogl (regarding Symbiosis/Dysbiosis). After the presentation I gently placed the Pink oyster mushrooms aside. Last week, while exiting my music/sound making studio I noticed "…
 
The Dye Maker - Composed by:Phaeolus schweinitzii for Music Works magazine - The biodata of Phaeolus schweinitzii (common name: the Dye Maker’s polypore) was recorded during a Fall foray with the Mycological Society of Toronto at Dufferin forest, Mansfield ON 2019. MIDI translation took place in Toronto at co:Lab/nanopod studioPerformed by: Nanotop…
 
Solstice Live Stream fromJune 20th, 2020 5:30 PM EDT Into the New Nature Travelling without moving into the Mycelium Network with Nanotopia. Mycelium bio-sonification through modular synthesis. Electrodes are placed within Ganoderma lucidum aka Reishi. The electrodes detect micro fluctuations in conductivity between 1000 t0 100000 of a second. This…
 
Live stream Midnight Mushroom Music • May 30th, 2020Ganoderma lucidum biodata recorded in realtime - translated into MIDI & CV into Mutable Instruments Yarns which in turn sent this data into various Synth voices: Plaits, Braids, Clouds, Mother32, Erica synths Black Wave Table and more... contemplative. The Mycelium sounds mutated over time into so…
 
Meant to be a live stream to Instagram (@nanopodstudio) there was a technical melt-down of sorts (phone related) so, we had to cancel. Meanwhile, we were recording (thank the fungi!) and here it is.Pleurotus ostreatus that has grown into/around sawdust w/coffee grounds had electrodes placed on to it about a week or so back.. time being a crazy thin…
 
Lately, we've been researching electrodes. Nano, micro, tiny, made of fine silver and gold. For this biodata recording, we used needle-fine silver electrodes. The electrodes, like hypodermic needles, were placed within the roots of our Crassula portulacea (Shrek plant!). As well as experimenting with various electrodes we have started to work with …
 
This was my last day in the Blue Mountains and I had to record biodata from a Mountain Blue Gum, Eucalyptus deanei as well as a Grey Gum, Eucalyptus cypellocarpa. Not too far from BigCi the soil changes to where these particular beauties thrive. What's more, is there is what looks to be a field of them within the Dharma Cloud Monastery an approxima…
 
Tuesday evening, Oct 8th I was generously invited to visit (& record biodata if possible) the Glowworms residing in a section of Rainforest looked after by Lionel Buckett, founder/builder of http://lovecabins.com.au/ (check out his amazing cabins & Tree House!!). So, Glowworms can now be marked off the bucket list! What I was not aware of, however,…
 
Raw Midi biodata recorded from the Eucalyptus haemastoma. I brought it into Ableton for some lite-processing. Added a 'voice' to hear the data. The notes formed what looked like cuneiform. Letters. Maybe, symbols?Do you hear a pattern?Eucalyptus haemastoma, commonly known as scribbly gum, is a species of tree that is endemic in the Sydney region. I…
 
Its been raining up in the Blue Mountains- which is a good thing! Out early morning Wednesday, Sept 18th and I found giant Cauliflower-like, slightly Lion's Mane-ish fungi under gum trees. Turns out these giant fungus clumps are Laetiporus portentosus. Here's what Wiki has to say: Laetiporus portentosus is a species of polypore fungus in the family…
 
Bio-data recording from a Wollemi clone. Wollemia is a genus of coniferous tree in the family Araucariaceae. Wollemia was only known through fossil records until the Australian species Wollemia nobilis was discovered in 1994 in a temperate rainforest wilderness area of the Wollemi National Park in New South Wales, in a remote series of narrow, stee…
 
Out collecting biodata I wandered into Wollemi's Gardens of Stone.The Scribbly Gum is a magnificent tree. Its bark is an iridescent blue, graphic as if someone painted it camouflage patterns in multiple shades of graphite. The particular Scribbly that called to me grew out of what appeared to be a giant root bulb, split in two at the top, identical…
 
This morning I headed out around 4:30/5am to explore the Zig Zag path in South Titirangi. The hike down was easy... I was in search of Kauri. WikiP says: Agathis australis, commonly known by its Māori name kauri, is a coniferous tree of Araucariaceae in the genus Agathis, found north of 38°S in the northern districts of New Zealand's North Island. …
 
Last night it rained (finally!) leaving the earth wet this morning so, I took an early walk down to the Scarlet fungi to record their bio-data. Curious birds chirped, trilled and squawked at me while I placed the electrodes onto the mushrooms. That said, this recording is from Ganoderma steyaertanum, a Tasmanian clone. I am currently experimenting …
 
Coming to you from the Blue Mountains in NSW Australia! I am excited to have made it at long last. A recipient of the BigCi Environmental award I am residing at the edge of Wollemi National Park. The trees here are spectacular! This morning I went on a short walk to a beautiful red gum to test out new coding I've recently added to one of the Bio-So…
 
It feels like forever! After the Mycelium Martian Dome, prototype 1,0 went up we needed some serious downtime to recoup. We left a panel growing at the Dressler's for over two weeks now so, we thought we better check-in! Out of its growing chamber, it was slowly drying. It felt only a day or two out and hyphae could be seen growing in valleys and c…
 
Saturday afternoon, June 29th 2019 and the Mycelium Brain over in the MOCA studio is still alive and growing! It is incredibly active. I hooked the module up to an Eowave Domino (droneOrama!) and eventually brought that MIDI data through a Volca fm with the always amazing Strymon Blue Sky- courtesy of Moog Audio Toronto. Mark your calendars for Vec…
 
Apologies for a couple missed evenings. Andrei and I have been contemplating our losses. Andrei's father last year, my mother this year along with everything else. Positive thoughts, too. Many projects and changing the code on our bio-sonification modules- which you hear here. Andrei and I hooked up to each other, our bio-data simultaneously chuggi…
 
Grow Op 2019 installation at the Gladstone. The Mycelium Shrine; Primordia was created. An immersive environment where visitors could listen to the Mycelium and commune with it. April 17-21st at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Room 206Primordia won the GrowOp Jury Award!For Grow Op: ENERGY I created an immersive underground environment. Visitors could…
 
During my residency at MoCA I'm exploring myco-remediation, growing mycelium sculptures, on agar plates, in jars, in bags... Last night Andrei and I hooked up ourselves and mycelium to experiment with some ideas we have for the bio-sonification at Grow Op April 17-21 2019. We brought midi into 2 Mothers and a Minitaur, reverb via a T2 pedal. We are…
 
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 the opening reception forPlanete Sauvage took place as part of the DesignTo Festival. During the event, I held a demo/intro to sculpting with mycelium and midi bio-sonification. Brave participants placed electrodes onto their fingers, earlobes and I recorded their bio-data, making sure to use the same parameters for eac…
 
The mycelium has engulfed the substrate and is now overtaking the soil!I carefully buried electrodes down into the substrate over the mycelium and recorded their bio-data.. I've left the electrodes in place to see what will happen. Last time I did something like this with Ganoderma lucidum the mycelium grew over the silicone insulating the wires.Li…
 
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