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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.