James Hetfield rocks out on a Truckster Labella ajuthiae. 

For centuries now, there has been one question that has vexed humanity more than any other, before it or since: What if instead of creating music via a selection of instruments designed to manipulate a diatonic scale of pitched noises, we did it with enormous gastropods? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm happy to say that in this illuminated age of modern technology, we can finally imagine what such a world might be like.

Now, bear in mind that all of these images are the product of digital manipulation, created by researchers at the Slug Solos blog. We're still almost certainly decades away actually being able to play "Stairway to Heaven" on an oversized mollusk. But with these computer-generated renderings, we can perchance to dream:


B.B. King exudes the blues on a Gibson Quoya indica.



Carlos Santana is really feeling this Fender Peronia anomala.



Prince is said to prefer the dulcet tones of the Ibanez Onchidina semper.



Bruce Springsteen with his trusty Rickenbacker Paraperonia madagascariensis.


Lots more Slug Solos images over on the Tumblr.

(by Dennis DiClaudio)

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Sources: Slug Solos | h/t Death & Taxes