"A set of relatively simple rules can often depict the complex patterns found in many natural phenomena. Among these, the relationships between individuals of a living society, like the one of a bacterial colony, have been studied for centuries. The famous Conway's Game of Life is a prime example of how these behaviors can be simulated mathematically, and since its introduction forty years ago, it has given birth to a new family of algorithms called epidemic algorithms, or cellular automata, that have found their way into many fields of art. These algorithms have been mostly unknown to the musical instrument world until Martin Howse and the London based collective micro_research started using them. The idea of using viruses to generate music is not a new concept; in 2003, the Swedish artist Leif Ellgren released "Virulent Images/Virulent Sound". The release contained a DVD and a CD of micro-recordings that demonstrated the sound produced by several bacterial colonies. These recordings are acknowledged in the micro_research website as one of the sources of inspiration for the realization of the Blackdeath Noise Synth, an open source module that lets the user manipulate and control epidemic algorithms for sound synthesis. Micro_research's online documentation of the project does not give much insight about the module's operation, and..."