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

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






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






Generative Patching

Generative Patching by Mycelium Network


Midnight Mushroom Music: Into The New Nature

Solstice Live Stream from June 20th, 2020 5:30 PM EDT Into the New Nature Travelling without moving into the Mycelium Network with Nanotopia. Mycelium bio-sonification through modular synthesis. Electrodes are placed within Ganoderma lucidum aka Reishi. The electrodes detect micro fluctuations in conductivity between 1000 t0 100000 of a second. This biodata is then translated to MIDI & CV enabling Humans to hear the Mycelium. Relax into the Mycelium Network... Prior to lift-off we will show...


Now Means Nothing

Live stream Midnight Mushroom Music • May 30th, 2020 Ganoderma lucidum biodata recorded in realtime - translated into MIDI & CV into Mutable Instruments Yarns which in turn sent this data into various Synth voices: Plaits, Braids, Clouds, Mother32, Erica synths Black Wave Table and more... contemplative. The Mycelium sounds mutated over time into some ear piercers and pitch shifts, we just allowed it to do its thing. Reactive/generative TouchDesigner visuals were created to go along with the...


Mycelium during COVID-19

Meant to be a live stream to Instagram (@nanopodstudio) there was a technical melt-down of sorts (phone related) so, we had to cancel. Meanwhile, we were recording (thank the fungi!) and here it is. Pleurotus ostreatus that has grown into/around sawdust w/coffee grounds had electrodes placed on to it about a week or so back.. time being a crazy thing during our self-isolating COVID-19 curve flattening regime! Mycelium has grown over and around the electrodes and has started pinning! We get...


Hidden Fungi Layer

Ahoy! Some listeners of 28/03/20's live stream asked what the fungi were contributing so, we isolated the layer to share here!


thoughtful scrunch

Growing mycorrhizal threads pushed through MicroFreak & Particle into Live and out the donut hole. Headphones always.


Particle counter

Monster Zero is in the works! I believe I've mentioned looking into Phoneme databases, to use with the fungi biodata? Well, here we have some mycorrhizal fungi triggering numbers. As if it is counting out otherworldly lottery numbers, or perhaps numerical sequence end dates? ;p Actually, it is simpler than that! I was gifted a MicroFreak (Arturia)for use in an upcoming installation. This little synth has so many features! It is super fun, you can sculpt your own custom sounds, it is...


Fungal AI

Remember how everyone seemingly got all up on Grimes for saying AI will replace musicians? Well, actually that may not have been her exact wording or sentiment, however, if the Age of Spiritual Machines is soon then Grimes may not be too far from the truth (IMHO). AI has definitely played into my curious imagination since picking up and reading my first Science Fiction story. So, for the past several years I have, behind the scenes been studying and taking workshops in Machine Learning. In...



Pleurr by Mycelium Network



Lately, we've been researching electrodes. Nano, micro, tiny, made of fine silver and gold. For this biodata recording, we used needle-fine silver electrodes. The electrodes, like hypodermic needles, were placed within the roots of our Crassula portulacea (Shrek plant!). As well as experimenting with various electrodes we have started to work with Phonemes. Soon: Fungi (non-human intelligence) and AI triggered speech.



A colleague is experimenting with Cordyceps, growing them on rice... Several jars of fruiting bodies so I thought why not record some biodata! Here it is.. curious.


Deanei and Cypellocarpa

This was my last day in the Blue Mountains and I had to record biodata from a Mountain Blue Gum, Eucalyptus deanei as well as a Grey Gum, Eucalyptus cypellocarpa. Not too far from BigCi the soil changes to where these particular beauties thrive. What's more, is there is what looks to be a field of them within the Dharma Cloud Monastery an approximate 40-hour trek northeast. Incredibly beautiful land. The residents of Dharma Cloud have cleared the land of all Understory, creating the...



Tuesday evening, Oct 8th I was generously invited to visit (& record biodata if possible) the Glowworms residing in a section of Rainforest looked after by Lionel Buckett, founder/builder of http://lovecabins.com.au/ (check out his amazing cabins & Tree House!!). So, Glowworms can now be marked off the bucket list! What I was not aware of, however, is Glowworms turn into Fungus Gnats!! Ha. :) We arrived a bit early so I was able to walk around the forest a bit as the sun slowly made its...



Raw Midi biodata recorded from the Eucalyptus haemastoma. I brought it into Ableton for some lite-processing. Added a 'voice' to hear the data. The notes formed what looked like cuneiform. Letters. Maybe, symbols? Do you hear a pattern? Eucalyptus haemastoma, commonly known as scribbly gum, is a species of tree that is endemic in the Sydney region. It has white or silvery grey bark, lance-shaped or curved adult leaves, flower buds in groups of between nine and fifteen, white flowers and...


Laetiporus portentosus

Its been raining up in the Blue Mountains- which is a good thing! Out early morning Wednesday, Sept 18th and I found giant Cauliflower-like, slightly Lion's Mane-ish fungi under gum trees. Turns out these giant fungus clumps are Laetiporus portentosus. Here's what Wiki has to say: Laetiporus portentosus is a species of polypore fungus in the family Fomitopsidaceae. It is found in South America, Australia, and New Zealand. It has been used traditionally as a tinder and to carry fire by...


Wollemi Pine

Bio-data recording from a Wollemi clone. Wollemia is a genus of coniferous tree in the family Araucariaceae. Wollemia was only known through fossil records until the Australian species Wollemia nobilis was discovered in 1994 in a temperate rainforest wilderness area of the Wollemi National Park in New South Wales, in a remote series of narrow, steep-sided sandstone gorges 150 km north-west of Sydney. The genus is named for the National Park. The Wollemi Pine is one of the world's oldest and...


Sunset - Scribbly

Out collecting biodata I wandered into Wollemi's Gardens of Stone. The Scribbly Gum is a magnificent tree. Its bark is an iridescent blue, graphic as if someone painted it camouflage patterns in multiple shades of graphite. The particular Scribbly that called to me grew out of what appeared to be a giant root bulb, split in two at the top, identical twins. Walking around this 'bulb' I discovered the tree had quite literally been split open! The bulb appeared 3 dimensional from one side,...


Banksia serrata

Early morning biodata recordings of Banksia serrata aka Old Man Banksia/Saw-tooth Banksia Artist residency 16, August 2019 to 16, October 2019. Blue Mountains World Heritage site Wollemi National Park. 2019 Bigci Environmental Award. @MothAntler



This morning I headed out around 4:30/5am to explore the Zig Zag path in South Titirangi. The hike down was easy... I was in search of Kauri. WikiP says: Agathis australis, commonly known by its Māori name kauri, is a coniferous tree of Araucariaceae in the genus Agathis, found north of 38°S in the northern districts of New Zealand's North Island. Kauri forests are among the most ancient in the world. Kauris are currently endangered, dieoff is taking place due to a fungal pathogen carried in...



Sunrise at Bigci recording the Scarlets.