The Welsh tour is now confirmed – our bid to Arts Council of Wales was successful.

So this year, 2024, the Spider will be at the Royal Botanic Garden Wales, 22nd – 23rd June; Narberth Civic Week festival, supported by Span Arts, 27th – 28th July, Wrexham Ty Pawb and the Darganfod Discover festival, 3rd and 4th August, and finishing nearer home at Hafan yr Afon, Open Newtown, August 17th – 18th. At each venue, there will also be a free workshop for musicians who want to learn about playing the and interacting with the spider, who will then take part in performances the next day.

Billed as the world’s first eight-legged instrument, the Sonic Spider premiered at the Oxford IF Science + Ideas festival, Saturday October 7th, 2 -5pm at the Baptist Church, Bonn Square.

Go to to read an article about it on page 33 of the festival magazine.

The Sonic Spider is the brainchild of biologist and science writer Dr. Alun Anderson, musician and maker Charlie Beresford – who designed and built the final instrument, and myself as composer and co-ordinator, attempting to build bridges between species on this planet through the medium of sound.

The performances are intended to convey the drama of the world of an orb web spider.

These spiders – always female – spend a lot of time in their webs, waiting for prey. They have very poor eyesight, so rely on the vibrations that their legs – acting as ears – pick up. They can tell the difference between small prey that they can catch and eat without risk, larger prey that might fight back (eg a wasp) or a male suitor. This last makes especial effort to sound different to a prey animal, as he wishes to avoid being eaten (though sometimes, even after a romantic encounter, the female may still eat him).

Watch this space for more information about Sonic Spider activities next year. Below is a short film of the Spider in different settings.

Sonic Spider in action

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