Hyphal Fidelity

(2) 40 x 30 x 26cm

Aluminum, Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), Klipsch KG 1.2 speaker drivers.

Hyphal Fidelity is a pair of mycelium bookshelf speakers featuring an aluminum frame. We used this project as a way to push ourselves by using grown-in frames that support the mycelium body as well as the speaker components. While the exterior of the speakers exhibit a subtle texture, we created the conditions for the mycelium to grow a deeply patterned surface to scatter and dampen the sound waves produced by the speaker drivers. In the theme of fungi’s ability to transform and renew, we harvested high fidelity speaker drivers from an earlier era to install in these mycelium enclosures.

Woven hyphal threads and proto-fruiting bodies absorb reflected sound waves within the body and dampen the resonance of rigid metal thought. High fidelity drivers from an earlier era vibrate tuned frequencies into space shared by many species. With careful attention to phase, we can choose to amplify or risk diminishing our coexistence.