CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — Scientists at MIT have created music using a spider web. Researchers worked with an artist to get laser scans of a web, then used virtual reality to create a harp-like instrument to translate the scans into music.
MIT said this could help scientists better understand how spiders communicate. They also think it may lead to advanced 3D printing techniques.READ MORE: Rachael Rollins' US Attorney Nomination Held Up By Republican Senator
Researchers presented their findings this week at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. MIT’s Markus Buehler said “the spider lives in an environment of vibrating strings” and rely on vibrations at different frequencies to tell them what’s happening in their web.
“Webs could be a new source for musical inspiration that is very different from the usual human experience,” he said.READ MORE: Giant Pothole Damages 20 To 30 Cars On Route 1 South In Lynnfield
The research team scanned a web as it was being built by a spider, “transforming each stage into music with different sounds.”
Buehler said the next step is to try to talk to spiders using their language of web vibrations.MORE NEWS: Delayed But Longer Fall Foliage Season Expected In New England
“If we expose them to certain patterns of rhythms or vibrations, can we affect what they do, and can we begin to communicate with them?” he said. “Those are really exciting ideas.”