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Nanotopia creates, Midnight Mushroom Music. Bio-sonification of fungi, and occasional sonification from other non-human biodata.

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Nanotopia creates, Midnight Mushroom Music. Bio-sonification of fungi, and occasional sonification from other non-human biodata.

    Unexpected Visitors

    Unexpected Visitors

    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 "Pinkie" and !! there was this beautiful mass of pink oysters emerging out of its grow bag. After apologising profusely I brought Pinkie back into the music studio and started recording. The Electrodes had been left within the mycelium, which is what I usually do. Here are the results of that music session. Hope you enjoy!

    • 19 min
    1. IntoTheVoid

    1. IntoTheVoid

    Created during COVID self-isolation. Moon in Cancer was recorded during our August 15th live stream. Check it out over on https://nanotopia.bandcamp.com
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    • 2 min
    2. Mothers2

    2. Mothers2

    Created during COVID self-isolation. Moon in Cancer was recorded during our August 15th live stream. Check it out over on https://nanotopia.bandcamp.com
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    • 7 min
    3. Apongo

    3. Apongo

    Created during COVID self-isolation. Moon in Cancer was recorded during our August 15th live stream. Check it out over on https://nanotopia.bandcamp.com
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    • 6 min
    4. MooninCancer

    4. MooninCancer

    Created during COVID self-isolation. Moon in Cancer was recorded during our August 15th live stream. Check it out over on https://nanotopia.bandcamp.com
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    • 35 min
    The Dye Maker, 2019

    The Dye Maker, 2019

    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 studio

    Performed by: Nanotopia (Tosca Terán, Andrei Gravelle) who brought the midi translation of the biodata into Ableton Live and gave Phaeolus schweinitzii a timbral voice.
    The challenge to collaborating with non-human organisms is to try to minimize the sense of our own involvement in the process.

    While I mediate the biodata gathered to temper it to determinant pitches and give it a timbral voice, I feel that the sense of rhythm and pattern captured in my field recordings represent a unique aspect of the fungi. While the biodata can sometimes be a starting point for further development, I chose this track, which has had minimal intervention on our part to convey the richness of the source material I gathered and hope that it creates inspiration and dialogue for not only new creative processes but to awaken new ways of seeing the diversity of life on our planet and lead to further multi-species entanglements.

    - © info: Nanotopia.net/Midnight Mushroom Music -Tosca Terán

    • 7 min

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