If you've ever wanted to play music via your body - I mean, aside from using those fingers and hands and vocal chords, and even that buzzing brain of yours - then you're in for a treat. A Perth-based artist named Guy Ben-Ary won the Creative Australia Fellowship to develop a "biological self portrait" - in Ben-Ary's case, he was inspired by his childhood dream of becoming a rock star, as well as shifting "perceptions surrounding understandings of ‘life’ and the materiality of the human body." Normal.
To begin, Ben-Ary took a biopsy from his arm and, using some pioneering technology, turned the skin cells into stem cells, and then the stem cells into neural stem cells. The result? "the world’s first neural synthesiser."
Other human musicians have been invited to use the new machine, now dubbed cellF. Music is "fed into the neurons as electrical stimulations and the neurons respond by controlling the synthesiser, creating an improvised post-human sound piece." There is no programming involved: it's just biological matter - the neural stem cells - and analogue circuitry.
For more details head on over to Guy Ben-Ary's website.