Whichever Way The Worm Turns

It has been reported that the director James Cameron earned his first big break by getting worms to act (he ran an electric current through them). A producer who observed this feat decided that if Cameron could do that for worms, he might be able to achieve the same thing for his budget actors.

Worms are now back in the limelight, with an article on New Scientist demonstrating the musical abilities of a carefully positioned soil-muncher. In this performance, the wriggling worm’s body acts as a circuit breaker, creating and removing electrical paths between various components of the circuitboard on which it has been placed. The circuits are part of an electronic synth instrument, and the end result is that the movements of the worm create a variety of different sounds and, well, noises.


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