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"Musical Ice Cream," an electronic music installation that generates original synth music by the act of eating, is a collaboration between Philly locals Little Baby's Ice Cream and Data Garden. The vine video below features Man Man drummer Chris Powell eating the piece at a pre-Independence Day party. 

Philadelphia sound artist Sam Cusumano programmed the cones and explains the technology in the second video below. But basically it is this: A sugar cone gets a sleeve with aluminum leads where your fingertips touch it. An electric probe is slipped into the ice cream in the cone. When a human tongue hits the ice cream, the circuit is completed. The changes in conductance are mapped to MIDI and emerge as the sound via synthesizer. Cusumano can outfit two different ice cream cones with different tones so you and your pal can jam out on a dessert duet.


Neue Werkstatt isn't an audio company. Rather, it's a design studio with a focus on small scale manufacturing with environmentally sound materials and local German carpenters. The group previously designed a tool-less assembly bed frame, and a wall clock using materials from the Black Forest. The new NW3 speaker is its first electronics design. As a guarantee of quality, each carpenter involved signs the bottom of the speaker, and the wax finish was chosen with the health of those carpenters in mind. [via designboom]

Like a record label, Neue Werkstatt's products have catalog numbers. Head to their site to check out NW1 and NW2.