Genetic codes and music
Nigel Helyer from the University of Western Australia (Univesrity of Western Australia) and the University laboratory SymbioticA created the project GeneMusiK, which turns genetic codes into musical works and Vice versa.
Attempts to convert the decoded DNA sequence of notes made previously. But the authors of the project argue that for the first time such work “went so far”.
The creators of GeneMusiK not only developed mathematical algorithms for converting genetic codes into musical compositions, but also carried out the opposite transformation — they learned to turn notes into DNA chains.
Any melody can serve as a model for the synthesis of artificial DNA. After this synthesis, biologists introduce a fragment of the “musical” code in the genes of bacteria, bred them in test tubes.
And then — after a number of stages of reproduction and mutations — again deciphering the genetic code and convert it into notes that are already different from the original.
Such records the authors project call “musical forms, which mutated in biological context.”
The story of the musical fragment does not end there. The authors propose to sell such “melodies” as original decorations.
It is a miniature vials with cultures that carry their genes “musical” code. Probably, test tubes will be built in brooches or rings.
Also included with the “decorations” is a CD with a record of the “composition” produced by bacteria and, of course, a certificate of authenticity.