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Play With Your Food… and Make Music

The Noisy Jelly Kit comes with molds, mixes and makeshift electronics. All images courtesy the artists.

LOS ANGELES — You know what they say, there’s always room for a Jello orchestra. Two Paris-based artists, Marianne Cauvard and Raphaël Pluvinage, have taken playing with your food the next level with a new game with everyone’s favorite gelatinous material.

Each shape produces a unique sound when touched with your finger.

Noisy Jelly is a “noisy chemistry lab” with different molds and mixes that allow you to create a variety of shapes. Relying on Arduino and Max/Msp, the jelly shapes create specific sounds when brought into contact with your finger.

As the artists say, “This object aims to demonstrate that electronic can have a new aesthetic, and be envisaged as a malleable material, which has to be manipulated and experimented.” In other words, we should play with our food and tinker with our gadgets.

It looks like a fun way to combine food, electronics and music, and I could see it being used in an artist studio just as much in a classroom, teaching kids about electronics prototyping.

Check out the video here:

NOISY JELLY from Raphaël Pluvinage on Vimeo.

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