Insects jammin’ at new MSU art museum

This May, insects had their day at MSU’s Broad Art Museum jamming with Brooklyn musician Zach Layton.

This May, insects had their day at MSU’s Broad Art Museum jamming with Brooklyn musician Zach Layton. For the Sunday afternoon event, Layton played an electric guitar using a bow to gently respond to the amplified live insects. Entomologists Deb McCullough and Gary Parsons were invited by the Broad to outfit various insects -- including emerald ash borers, pine sawyers, crickets and Madagascar hissing cockroaches -- with microphones and amplifiers so they could create their musical groove. McCullough described the effect as “kind of New Age.” Parsons also arranged to setup a mini “Bug House” during the event so that museum visitors could view the displays of spectacular insects and handle some of the live specimens.

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