August 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Squids Can Be Music Apps, Apparently

squid music appJ Hershkowitz (of Tomahawk fame) snagged our attention this afternoon on Twitter with the startling proclamation, “Best music hack ever? The colorful results of playing Cypress Hill through a squid.”

Indeed, as reported by BoingBoing, someone has in fact converted a squid into a music app. Sort of.

According to Backyard Brains,

“We’ve been working hard on many new experiments at the Marine Biological Labs in Woods Hole, MA this summer and have some exciting (and beautiful) results. While working on the giant axons of the Longfin Inshore Squid, we decided to see what would happen if we played music like we do with our dancing cockroach leg experiment. The results were very cool.”

What? You’re not familiar with the dancing cockroach leg experiment? As everybody doesn’t know, that project involves the application of an electrical current to a cockroach leg to make it move in concert with music. The instructions: “Using your special cable, connect your iPhone or computer to your cockroach leg using the sound-out headphone jack.” Well then.

Back to this freaking squid. Here’s what it looks like when you focus an 8x microscope on the dorsal side of a squid’s caudal fin as an iPhone plays Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain” through a suction electrode that is of course attached to the squid. We hereby declare this to be the best visualization app of all time.

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