Squid Fin is First Biological Music Display

Wow! Chromatophores on a living Squid fin jamming along with Cypress Hill?
YES! In fact, FUCK YES!

Insane in the Chromatophores

“We tested our cockroach leg stimulus protocol on the squid’s chromatophores. The results were both interesting and beautiful. The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the caudal fin of the squid. We used a suction electrode to stimulate the fin nerve. Chromatophores are pigmeted cells that come in 3 colors: Brown, Red, and Yellow. Each chromatophore is lined with up to 16 muscles that contract to reveal their color.”

Perhaps futurist/artist Paul Laffoley’s ideas of biological structures replacing inanimate machines are gaining traction! Here we have squid-o-vision music display. Hopefully the vegetable-house grown from a seed will become a reality!

You can read the accompanying research paper, “Neural control of tuneable skin iridescence in squid” by Paloma T. Gonzalez-Bellido of Roger Hanlon’s Lab in the Marine Resource Center of the Marine Biological Labs.


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