Scientists in the United States have created a technology that can help us communicate with spiders, as they have been able to transform the structure of the spider’s web into music, by assigning different frequencies of sound to the web strings, and creating notes that were collected in patterns, based on the structure of the 3D web, to generate melodies.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the piece of music, which lasts a little more than a minute, looks like the soundtrack to a scary sci-fi horror movie, created by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) using laser scanning technology and image processing tools.
Spider webs could provide a new source of musical inspiration and provide a form of inter-species communication, experts say.
The project was led by Professor Markus Buehler, a materials scientist and engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
And Professor Buhler translated the basic protein structure of the Corona virus into a quiet musical arrangement last year, and said: “Networks can be a new source of musical inspiration that is completely different from the usual human experience.”
Prof.Buehler’s team is interested in learning how to communicate with spiders in their own language. They record the web vibrations produced when the spiders perform various activities, such as building a web, communicating with other spiders or sending signals of courtship.
Although the frequencies sounded similar to the human ear, the machine learning algorithm correctly classified the sounds in different activities.
“We are now trying to generate synthetic signals to speak primarily in the language of the spider,” said Professor Buehler. “If we expose them to certain patterns of rhythms or vibrations, can we influence what they do, and can we start communicating with them? These are really interesting ideas.”
Spiders are abundant in nature, comprising more than 47,000 species, but they have poor eyesight, so they rely on the silk vibration of their network for information, such as where the next meal is located, and they receive information using organs on each of their legs.
“The spider lives in an environment of vibrating strings,” explained Professor Buhler. “They don’t see well, so they sense their world through vibrations of different frequencies.”