Biota Beats is a microbial record player that translates bacterial growth into sound.
Historically music has been experienced and stored in a variety of forms. Take the vinyl record for example - where sound is represented by small engravings scribbed onto a material. These engravings are static representations. Utilizing biology, we can create a new medium for music - enabling us to experience a record that grows and evolves over time.
The incubator is designed to be retrofitted onto an existing record player. Since our goal is to represent the growth of cultures through audio, the design criteria required:
- Detection: Visually detect the growth of an entire petri dish (the size of a vinyl record) using a camera without occlusions
- Compatibility: Ensure the heat generation from the incubation will not degrade the enclosure and produce unwanted molecules/gas
- Accessible: Easily change out by-hand the culture plates; easily monitor the plates
Team: Yixiao Jiang, Eric Vanwyk, Alex Guo, Thrasyvoulos Karydis, Keerthi Shetty, Shannon Johnson, Matt Mendoza, Mary Maggic, Ani Liu, David Kong