French Students Use Algae Jelly To Create Sweet Melodies

by , 05/08/12
filed under: Art, Sustainable Food

Marianne Cauvard, Raphaël Pluvinage, Noisy Jelly, agar-agar, jelly, music, Sustainable Food, Art,

French students Marianne Cauvard and Raphaël Pluvinage have come up with a fantastically weird project that uses agar-agar — red algae — jelly to create music. Dubbed Noisy Jelly, the project involves cooking colored jelly with a few grams of algae powder and then molding it into different geometric shapes. The shapes are then placed on a sensor board that creates music when each one is touched!

So how does it work? Technically the game board is a capacitive sensor that creates different sounds according to the shape of the figures, salt concentration, and finger pressure. A weird experiment or a fun tasty game, Cauvard and Pluvinage’s Noisy Jelly gives a fresh, wobbly new aesthetic to musical instruments.

+ Marianne Cauvard

+ Raphaël Pluvinage

Photo © Véronique Huygue

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