A completely insane TikTok account has gone viral after a man discovered that mushrooms produce bioelectric signals, which he transformed into bizarre music.
Musician and former biologist Tarun Nayar — who goes by @modernbiology on TikTok — has stunned the internet after sharing clips of him plugging fungi into a synthesizer and creating beats.
Mr. Nayar, who hails from Vancouver, Canada, has now revealed the method behind his crazy music career.
And he even has his own Spotify account – which has a whopping 11,341 monthly listeners.
Musician and former biologist Tarun Nayar – who goes by @modernbiology on TikTok – has stunned the internet after sharing clips of him making music from mushrooms
To explain how the mushrooms make music, Mr. Nayar shared an interesting video that has been viewed over 30,000 times, in which he tells his users how he sets up a synthesizer to do this
To be more technical about what the musician is doing, the phenomenon is called biodata sonication, which essentially measures microcurrent fluctuations that occur across the surface of a plant.
Mr. Nayar links the fungi to a modular synthesizer to convert their bioelectric signals into electronic music – and this technology can work on virtually any living organism.
To explain how the mushrooms make music, Mr. Nayar shared an interesting video that has been viewed more than 30,000 times.
He put some mushrooms in his backyard next to a synthesizer, he said, “As you can see, these two electrodes send a very small current through the mushroom, and as the mushroom’s electrical activity changes over time, there are note changes on the synthesizer.
‘So it’s a very nice way to listen to the life energy of a plant or fungus.
“And right now, he or she seems elated with all the attention.”
To be clear, the mushrooms do not make the music themselves, or consciously choose which notes we hear.
The device used by the musician only translates biological processes into frequencies that he then converts into music.
In his other viral videos, the musician can be seen embedding electrodes into the plants and changing the frequencies on the soundboard.
The videos Mr Nayar shares have stunned the internet as social media users are amazed that mushrooms – and other living organisms – can produce amazing music that sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack of a 1980s sci-fi movie
In a video that has gone viral and received over 1.1 million views, Mr. Nayar shared a clip of him making music from a wild mushroom in the desert
In turn, he makes great music that sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack of an 80s sci-fi movie.
And because changes in bioelectricity cause pitch changes in synthesizers, this can add space echoes and pitch changes to create weird and hypnotic sounds.
This has taught scientists more about mushrooms and how they communicate with each other, MixMag report.
And the videos Mr. Nayar shares have stunned the internet as social media users are amazed at what he creates.
In a video that has gone viral and has been viewed more than 1.1 million times, Mr. Nayar shared a clip of him making music from a long, phallus-like fungus – the shaggy-maned desert fungus.
And TikTok users have been urging the TikToker to post more music and videos for this particular fungus on its pages, with one writing, “make a Spotify for the mushrooms bro.”
A second person wrote, “These are my favorite videos.”
Someone else said, “This is great.”
While another jokingly said, “Sounds just like you expect.”
A fourth TikTok user wrote, “my brain just melted when I heard this,” while another said, “I like this, it calms me down.”
Another person said, “Reminded me of crazy frog at first.”
And a second comically wrote, “Mushroom says to the other mushrooms, “We’re probed by an alien again.”
Mr Nayar has also previously experimented making music with a range of fruits and plants including watermelon, cacao, mango, seaweed and cactus – all of which produced unique and interesting sounds.