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Can music and mushrooms be related? After all, they are back to back in the English dictionary. The Czech composer Vaclav Halek certainly thinks that there is a strong connection, or rather an intimate relationship, between sound and edible fungi. He has composed over 2,000 melodies which, he says, come directly from mushrooms. To be precise: "I record music that mushrooms sing to me."

They have been singing to him for nearly a quarter of a century. His first encounter with the phenomenon happened unexpectedly in 1980, when a mycologist friend of his invited him on a trip to a forest in search of rare mushrooms. "It was very dry, so for a while we could not find any mushrooms," says Halek. "Eventually we got lucky and found a type of mushroom called Tarzetta cupularis. It looked beautiful, so my friend set up his photo equipment and asked me to look through the lens to give my opinion about the picture frame. At the very moment I looked at the mushroom, I heard music."

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