13 August 2015 | 20:00

Bio-sonification #18

Copyright: Katharina Hauke
Copyright: Katharina Hauke

Doors: 19.00 / Start time: 20.00 sharp

Donation welcome


Plant synth performance by a.melodie (Mélodie Fenez)

Energy Bending Lab by Interspecifics (Leslie García and Paloma López) - lecture / performance

a.melodie consist of self-made synthesizers and electronic devices that are hooked up to an array of plants. The plants shape the sound of each oscillator. Because of physiological reactions, mainly due to their defence system, the plants modulate the frequency they produce, creating an alive and ever morphing sound. On stage, a.melodie composes with the sounds produced and modulated live by the plants.

Mélodie Fenez was born in Nantes and has lived in Berlin (Germany) since 2009. She has a degree in media and communication and now studies computational art as a free guest at the university of the art of Berlin. Since 2010, she has been part of the collective that runs the venue “ausland”, a territory for experimental music, performance and art. 


The Energy Bending Lab is an instrument comprised of a set of custom-built modular synthesizers and transduction tools that creates a real-time sonification from the electric properties found in some bacteria. Conceptualized as a DIY interspecies system, the interface amplifies the microvoltage produced by these microorganisms transducing their oscillatory features into raw electronic signals tuning the internal clock of the whole system and producing an unexpected array of sound patterns. The object explores the relationship between waveforms, matter, and the physical form of frequencies, seeking a pattern-based understanding of our context to illustrate the underlying order within the universe and human consciousness that appears to be intimately related to vibration. 

Interspecifics (adjective in·ter·spe·cif·ic \existing, occurring, or arising between species) is a nomadic multispecies collectivity. They experiment in the intersection between art and science using new and ancient technologies. They embrace hybridized practices among different disciplines and living organisms, open knowledge and precarity as a challenge.