FRAME captures a ‘portrait’ of CellF, the world’s first neural synthesiser. Its “brain” is made of biological neural networks that grow in a Petri dish and controls in real time it’s “body” that is made of an array of analogue modular synthesisers that work in synergy with it and play with human musicians. There is no programming or computers involved, only biological matter and analogue circuits; a ‘wet-analogue’ instrument. Premiering on October fourth, 2015, in Perth, Western Australia, CellF performed a live set with Tokyo based Australian musician Darren Moore.
CellF, 2015 – ongoing, image via
The project is the result of a collaborative effort involving a creative team consisting of designer and new media artist Nathan Thompson, electrical engineer and synthesiser builder Dr. Andrew Fitch, musician Dr. Darren Moore, Stem cell scientist Dr. Michael Edel, Neuro-scientist Dr. Stuart Hodgetts, and Neuro-Engineer Dr. Douglas Bakkum.