Vibrations and waves can be explained by sine waves.
- Sine waves, the elementary building blocks of sound, can be used to construct complex sounds.
- Instead of using vibrations of a musical instrument, the natural vibrations of protein structures can be used to generate sound.
In a spider web there are hundreds of thousands of strings that vibrate at different frequencies.
- Using VR you can explore the web and explore different musical theories.
- The sound created from the spider web is being used as a basis to create new sounds.
- By taking pieces of the sounds and sending them into a new structure, we can begin to design new materials and new proteins.
Professor Buehler's lab created a musical piece called Tangled Web.
- A Tidarren Sisyphoides spider’s web was scanned using sheet lasers.
- This scan was then used to create a ‘1000 string harp’.
- Professor Buehler has coined this technique ‘materiomusic’.
- You can find the piece in its entirety here.