Cod Sex Becomes Music


Per Huttner and Vision Forum collaborates with Norwegian biologists, Norwegian musicians  and Dutch researchers to develop performances that are created to be presented to both humans and cod fish. In the project we use high-quality recordings of cod fish’s mating sounds and turn them into aesthetically interesting music. We also let the cod’s movement patterns control sound, light and moving images during the performance using digital technology that measures their location and interaction.

The first research trip to Norway will take place March 31 to April 3. During the trip the group will visit  Flødevigen Research Station close to Arendal in southern Norway where special ponds have been created to study the cod’ s mating rituals. Participants include researchers from Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES). Department of Biosciences at the University of Oslo and the Donders institute in Nijmegen.

The group plans that the results will be shown publicly in Sweden, Norway and Finland in 2022-2023.