Early attempts at listening to the organism resulted in what I now describe as relational sensing, a situated position on my relationship with materiality.

Before arriving at the solution of using Atomic Force Microscopy as a listening method, I experimented, with collaborators Mark Reed and Dan Tyson, in DIY listening methods using contact microphones and hydrophones.  We failed to hear the organisms, although we detected electronic buzzes and clicks along with the sound of our own voices.  This was our first experience of relating to the organisms: sensations of noise, electricity and feedback loops.