What does the music of a spider’s web sound like?

Answer: Take a listen and find out.

web_shutterstock_131341070
Shutterstock
A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found a way to put music to spiderwebs, and the result is something you have to hear for yourself. Just like spiders themselves, some people might find the tune interesting, while others may be creeped out by it.

Lead by Markus Buehler, professor of engineering, the team used artificial intelligence to recreate the sounds of the vibrational patterns that spiders use to interact with their environment. First, they would create 3D models of spiderwebs while the spiders were busy using them, such as for feeding or conducting repairs. Then they would listen for patterns in the vibrations and use algorithms to put sound to them.

The result is, well, you just have to hear it for yourself.

Special Projects
Sponsored Articles