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Play With Your Food… and Make Music

by An Xiao on March 29, 2012

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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