Rachel's Blog: Play that fungi music, white boy...
I am completely blown away by this research that was featured on Catalyst last night. Dr Cameron Jones is growing fungus and bacteria on audio CDs and CD-Rs holding still images and video footage. The result when the media is played is a "re-mix" as the laser interprets the patterns left by the fungus as audio or video information.
I actually thought a bit more of the raw results than the reporter did, but even using them as design aids is a fabulous idea.
There are many examples of this Molecular Media Project available here, including Bela Lugosi treated with the fungus: Pycnoporus cinnabarinus and new versions of Soft Cell's Tainted Love and NIN's Hurt.