Microbes Make Music in Ghent

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-  Per Hüttner, Robert Ooostenveld and Till Bovermann – Microbial sounds.

- Ghent University Museum, GUM, Karel Lodewijk Ledeganckstraat 35, Gand, BE 9000
Wednesday June 7, 2023 at 16:00

A previously unknown world of microbes is being revealed by current discoveries in many different fields. What is discovered drastically changes the way we understand ourselves. Naturally questions arise: How can these tiny creatures inform our lives? Where do we encounter them? How can we live in symbiosis?

Per Huttner has since 2018 worked with an international group of artists, thinkers and researchers to work with these questions.

For this event, we use a new EEGsynth application created by Robert Oostenveld. It analyses the movements of microbes in a microscope that we use to create sounds in real time. We use the movement of E. coli bacteria. Huttner and Bovermann in their turn uses the microbial input to improvise music.  The event constitutes a first step and we will develop the technology further in the next few years. It will also include the possibility to generate images.

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