Beautiful Music Performed by Mexican Jumping Beans (Really)

jumping beans & .tape. from la bisogno on Vimeo. What might a jar full of Mexican jumping beans sound like if composing their own ambient music? Scott Worley points us to a musical experiment by his labelmate Daniel Romero aka .tape, on netlabel yo.yo.pang!. .tape programmed a sound environment in the free multimedia patching environment Pd (Pure Data). Contact microphones listen for the beans to jump, then use Pd’s onset detection (an analysis for transients) to trigger the sounds. Daniel reports the technique is “easy, but wholly effective.” I’ll say – the music winds up being quite lovely, and rather …

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