Digital 3D spider web creates eerie, string-strumming music inspired by arachnids – SYFY WIRE

If you’re bored to death with your iPod’s current playlist, maybe it’s time for some strange tunes to jazz things up, created by our eight-legged friends from the arachnid realm.

While attempting to create an entirely new category of nature-inspired music and have a bit of experimental fun in the process, researchers at MIT orchestrated a virtual test whereby they manifested 3D scans of spider webs to use as a type of digital string instrument that could be plucked to create musical notes that are positively other-worldly.

Per an official press release presented during this week’s meeting of the American Chemical Society, a team of scientists designated certain notes to each cyber strand, then composed and recorded an eerie song which represents the web’s patterns and the methods by which spiders spin their intricate nets.

Have a listen…

“The spider lives in an environment of vibrating strings,” said Markus Buehler, Ph.D., the project’s principal investigator, in the press release. “They don’t see very well, so they sense their world through vibrations, which have different frequencies.”

Buehler and his team — which included Isabelle Su, Ian Hattwick,