A song has been crafted entirely through the use of 3D printers

This track, by the electro punk duo Feral Five and fashion + 3D printing maven Francisco Bitonti, combines music and tech in a way never seen before: 3D-printed music.

The contribution of printing to the music comes in two layers. One is through actual recordings of 3D printers on the job. Their distinct whir and buzz as the printhead flies through 3D space can be heard in the single “Rule 9.”

The second layer drawn from 3D printing would be the synthesized sound extracted from a 3D printing file. This conversion from one medium to the other was created by Bitonti, using his method of cellular automation. Cellular automation lends 3D printers a chance to grow objects “organically” using algorithm-based Conway’s Game of Life.

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