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Mycelium December 8, 2018

12/8/2018
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The Mycelium is fruiting.

Duration:00:42:42

Myceliated Djamor

12/1/2018
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I've been growing Pink oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus djamor) since early August (2018) and admittedly forgotten them in my downstairs greenhouse. There they were, beautiful as ever. Fruiting and the substrate entirely myceliated.

Duration:00:15:55

SteelMyceel

11/24/2018
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Mycelium grown over several months in a stainless steel bowl. Reacting to light and dark and touch.

Duration:00:38:31

Lions Mane

11/11/2018
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During the summer I inoculated experimental substrate with Hericium erinaceus, left for Iceland and returned to find the mycelium growing and toothy, spiky fruiting bodies fruiting :) Meanwhile, I am putting together kits towards November 18th and the Make Change Conference, thought I would try out some new electrodes...

Duration:00:21:04

Saccharomycetaceae

10/28/2018
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The Sím residency has allowed me time to further my experiments with Icelandic Obvara mixtures and íslenskur Fagradalsleir, through the creation of a small body of work towards a future publication documenting Obvara mixtures around the world. Wild yeast capture & culture: Conduct your experiments in either the Sour Dough Starter method or the Beer Brewer’s method. In Iceland, I tried both methods. There are many kits (and instructions) on the market for capturing wild yeast, one such kit is...

Duration:00:25:42

Torminosus

10/21/2018
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Walking back to the residency last night and I noticed some very large Woolly Milkcap (Lactarius torminosus*)growing near an Elf rock. So, I set up the computer and started recording their bio-data and here are the results! *what I think they were. Thank you for tuning in! May the spore be with you ;) XO

Duration:00:37:52

Villihunang

10/14/2018
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Yesterday I met beekeeper Elín Siggeirsdóttír, walked through the forest on her land, met her ducks & chickens! Her bees make incredibly yummy buttery honey. I set Petri dishes out by the hives (wild yeast!), collected a dead bee & was shown good vs poorly designed (though architecturally stunning!) hive sections. Spent the entire afternoon talking about bees & the environment. Elín allowed me to set an Aquarian audio contact mic and bio-sonification module onto the hives to record the bees....

Duration:00:36:08

Clover Swan Song

10/7/2018
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Back in Iceland harvesting wild yeast(s) towards a process known as Obvara*. Some of the plants, lichen, mushrooms I find towards capturing yeast is also (of course!) hooked up with electrodes and their bio-data is translated to midi. This evening I was working with wild clover. This clover is dying as winter storms have been raging off and on over here, but this particular flower had a lot of life left in it! Thanks for tuning in to Midnight Mushroom Music! xo *The obvara firing process,...

Duration:00:36:57

Chaos Fungorum

9/23/2018
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Chaos Fungorum is a journey into the Terrestrial solar system. Mycelium hooked up with electrodes feeding biodata through a Bio Sonification Module to midi. Midi sent through a NoCoast, 3 Mother32s, a Minitaur, a DFAM and Subharmonicon. From the multiverse into the Oort cloud, through dark matter. Branching out, we breath it in. Enjoy. If you are in Toronto September 29th, please visit the Baba Yaga Collective studio/gallery 906 Queen West @Crawford. 9:30pm - 2:30am for live Midnight...

Duration:00:27:49

To the power of 32

9/22/2018
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Rehearsing as much as possible with the Mycelium, with each other towards our September 29 performance. Here we have the Mycelium sending voltage out to 3 Mothers through a NoCoast into a Subharmonicon and Minitaur. Krell squared.

Duration:00:31:25

Blue Oysters

9/15/2018
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Sitting in the Mushroom Haus this morning, plating specimen. The Blue Oyster mushrooms are growing off the charts! I had to listen to them :)

Duration:00:15:34

Midi Shroom

9/8/2018
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For the past week, I've been working with Krell patches on a NoCoast. Bringing midi in from the Bio-Sonification module I first started by hooking my self up (via electrodes). This evening's Krell patch has midi coming in from a large block of Mycelium. Patching the Krell into a Korg SQ-1 and Werkstatt 01 I turned off all the lights and left the room.. allowing the Mycelium to do its thing. All of these September 'experimentations' are towards the performance taking place Saturday, September...

Duration:00:40:29

Storz

9/6/2018
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Friend and colleague, Steve Storz inspired this particular Krell patch. I used the NoCoast brought into Ableton. No decay or reverb added until .... Visit, http://www.stevestorz.com/web/ To see what Steve's up to! Art On!

Duration:00:09:22

Krell visitation

9/4/2018
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Special Wednesday edition: Mycelium + Krell = are Mycelium the Krell in a form we can understand? For our Nuit Blanche performance, taking place September 29th 9:30pmEST onward. At 906 Queen street West, Toronto. We will be using various versions of Krell along with the mycelium's electrical impulses coming into some Mothers. Stay tuned!

Duration:00:30:17

growth

9/2/2018
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Growing over 100 pounds of Mycelium towards an installation taking place Nuit Blanche Toronto, September 29th, 2018 at 906 Queen Street West. This episode is uploading late due to Suzanne Ciani being in town holding a workshop at Mood Audio! I was there, front row in front of her Buchla. It was a very inspirational talk. Lot's to think about. Earlier in the day, I was over at Guttman Laboratory autoclaving potential mycelium armatures. There are a lot of mushrooms blooming in Ontario. I've...

Duration:00:08:35

Pleurotus djamor

8/25/2018
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Tonight I worked with the Pink oyster mushroom, Pleurotus djamor. I am currently growing over 100 pounds (possibly more) of Mycelium towards Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2018 taking place September 29th. Installation at 906 Queen Street West with the Bio.Chrome Collective September 26-Oct 7, 2018. More information posting soon! Thanks for tuning in :)

Duration:00:29:37

Echinacea purpurea

8/18/2018
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Sitting outside this evening we were marvelling over how beautiful all of the Echinacea purpurea is this year. We have a field growing and thought it might sound lovely, with the bees landing, collecting pollen then flying back to their hive... electrical impulses sent into the Model 15, mixed down in Ableton X. Thanks for tuning in!

Duration:00:31:02

Under Japanese Maple

8/11/2018
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Today we soldered together a new Bio-Sonification module testing out our design/layout towards upcoming workshops! Part of the test involved hanging out under our Japanese maple. Our maple is a special one, a hybrid that I was initially told '...probably won't make it through one Canadian winter...' That was over ten years ago! Maple has flourished and spread its leaves. Our beloved Pnut was found under Maple. So, I sat down next to the tree and gently set electrodes onto leaf and branch....

Duration:00:08:39

Chlorophytum-comosum

8/4/2018
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Chlorophytum comosum and Homo sapien sending BioData to Midi. I am currently without Mycelium, all of the Mycelium was buried in Selfoss in my friend's garden. Soon I return to Toronto and start growing a massive sculptural piece towards Nuit Blanche, Toronto which is taking place Sept 29th. Meanwhile, there was a beautiful Spider plant in my friend's apartment so, I placed two sets of electrodes onto it and one set onto myself ;) this is the result of that! xo

Duration:00:15:45

Gershom

7/29/2018
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Artist Gershom Spruijt sketched while his Bio-data was translated to Midi. Gershom was born in the Netherlands and lived for many years in Amsterdam. From his years around the old Amsterdam canals he gained the idea that the 1960’s were perhaps not superior to the 1690s. After getting his PhD in Psychology and Epidemiology he moved to Los Angeles to study first sculpture and later painting at Otis College of Art and Design. Currently, he teaches neuro-psychology of perception and imagination...

Duration:00:08:33